A marvelous cold night spent at Quinta da Marka, in the Douro Valley, Portugal.
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Graciously laid out over the right bank of the Sado river and rising up a gentle slope, Alcácer do Sal has been settled since the earliest of times. Archaeological remains have been found that date back to the Neolithic period not to mention evidence of Greek, Phoenician and other Mediterranean peoples having passed through.
If we look at Portugal’s map, we see that Alentejo is the region between the most southern region of Portugal, which is the Algarve, up to a few kilometers north of Lisbon.
During the tours I guide, we often talk about Portuguese cuisine and what to eat that is really unique in the country.
Naturally, among other delicacies, we talk about alheiras and farinheiras, two different sausages you can only find in Portugal. We talk about their origins, differences, and ways to eat them.
Classified as a historical village, Almeida is a fortified town that, when seen from the air, has all the appearance of a 12-pointed star, this being the number of bastions and ravelins enclosing a space with a perimeter of 2500 metres. This remarkable fortress was built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, around a mediaeval castle, in what amounted to a very important place for the strategic defence of the region, since it was situated on a plateau roughly 12 km from the border with Spain, as defined by the Treaty of Alcanices in 1297, which was the date when Almeida first became Portuguese.
Porto Santo island has much more to offer than sun and beach, as is usually advertised.
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