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Sunshine and Showers

Boys Playing, Penamacor, Portugal, Topsy Turvy Tribe

The relentless rains have continued here in Central Portugal. It has rained a lot; so much more that torrential downpours have become the new norm. The caravan roof sings to it’s own tune of meditative pitter-patter as bucket fulls of Read more…


Rainy Days and Downpours in Central Portugal

Rainbow over the Caravan and Old Barn, Penamacor, Portugal, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Rainy Days and Downpours in Central Portugal Portugal needed rain. The summer was intensely hot, so hot that there were numerous forest fires and tragic losses of life as the fires spread uncontrollably. Central Portugal had the worst of the Read more…


Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata

Walking Trail Map, Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

The Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata, is situated between Penamacor, Sabugal and Spain. Its remote locations means it is one of the least visited natural parks in Portugal. This beautiful part of central Portugal Read more…


The Reality of Living Off-Grid in a Caravan with Children in Central Portugal Over Winter

Our Caravan Home in the Cork Oaks, Topsy Turvy Tribe, Penamacor, Central Portugal

The Reality of Living Off-Grid in a Caravan with Children in Central Portugal Over Winter It seemed like a good idea at the time… So what is it really like to live off-grid in a caravan in Central Portugal through Read more…


Portuguese Quinta Life at Winter’s End

Making Music Outside, Penamacor, Central Portugal

As Winter comes to and end the Quinta starts coming back to life. The veggie patch somehow seems to be surviving the still frequent nightly frosts and providing an abundance of deliciously fresh vegetables. Even the hens are still laying Read more…


Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro, Proença-a-Velha

Smoking the chouriço,Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro Proença-a-Velha Portugal is rightly proud of it’s rich history, food, drink and traditions and takes every opportunity to celebrate them by throwing a party. Here in Portugal you can visit a different Festa (festival) every weekend, Read more…


Penamacor Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Cidade Antiga, Old Town, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Penamacor is a small town with many historic gems at the heart of it’s Cidade Antiga, the Old Town and Bairro Judeu, Jewish Quarter.  As Penamacor is a border town, only 12 km from Spain, a large number of Jewish people Read more…


Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

Smoked Sausages on Sticks, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro or Festival of the Smoking Rods is held annually in the small village of Aranhas, or Village of the Spiders, in Central Portugal.  The festa is a celebration of all things smoked. Cheese and meat Read more…


Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle and Village, Sortelha, Central Portuga

Sorthela Castle and historic village is one of Central Portugal’s 12 historical villages or Aldeias historical de Portugal. Sorthela is one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful villages. The walled village is guarded by the towering 13th Century castle, built Read more…


Monsanto Castle

Monsanto Castle, Monsanto, Central Portugal

Monsanto Castle (Monsanto Castelo), is an impressive fortress strategically located on the top of the mountain overlooking the hillside village of Monsanto. We have visited Monsanto before, it is renowned for being one of the most Portuguese villages in Portugal Read more…