Living on the land provides some rich rewards and reminds us daily that there is nothing more beautiful and good for the soul than nature itself. Mother nature’s greatest achievements must be the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets that we are able to witness regularly in Portugal.
The acorns are falling in abundance here in Portugal; some are eaten by birds and small mammals, but they make an amazingly tasty treat for the quinta’s resident pigs! Portugal and Spain are renowned for acorn fed pigs, as it is supposed to enhance the flavour of their meat (ssh, don’t tell the pigs!). Pigs […]
The cork oak tree is a beautiful statuesque tree that is Portugal’s national tree. Before living in Portugal we had no idea how cork was produced, or that it was Portugal’s main industry. Fossilised remains of these ancient trees have been found dating back over ten million years! The oldest cork oak in the world, […]
Set inside a gorge full of fossils, a short walk from a preserved traditional millers house with a working watermill stone and overlooked by Penha Garcia castle you will find the most spectacular natural swimming pool. Fonte do Pego has to be the best way to cool down ever. A beautifully crafted swimming hole utilising the […]
The picturesque historic village of Castelo Novo (New Castle) is in the heart of Central Portugal, set within a natural amphitheatre enclosed by the Gardunha mountain range (Serra da Gardunha). This incredible looking village has Baroque, Roman and Medeival influences. The drive towards the historic village of Castelo Novo gave us a shocking taste of what was […]
The site of first Visigothic cathedral built on the Iberian peninsula, Idanha-a-Velha is now a small village in Central Portugal, with less than 100 inhabitants. This humble village sits on top of what was once the city of Egitania, previously home to thousands. The Romans settled here from as early as 16 AD. King Wamba […]
Home has been somewhat redefined for our family over the last couple of years. Paul is from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire then Cornwall, I am from Lancashire. We met in London then after a few years moved to Kent where Chaos and Mayhem were both born. When Mayhem became seriously ill we were lucky enough to be […]
After a flying visit to the UK to sort out some things left in storage we headed back to the Iberian Peninsula the long way. We hitched up our fully loaded caravan and packed car and left Lancashire bright and early to arrive in sunny Newhaven for an afternoon ferry to Dieppe. The French part […]
Pena Garcia is a Portugese hillside village in the Castelo Branco area of Central Portugal, only a few miles away from the border with Spain. The views from the village of the surrounding area are simply stunning.
Monsanto is located in the Beira Baixa Province of Portugal and the officially titled Historic Village was once fortified by the Knights Templar. Monsanto has claimed to be the most ancient settlement in Portugal, as there are traces of early stone age man from the ice age. Nowadays Monsanto revels in once being bestowed the […]