Happy September. Back to school, back to blogging and welcome Autumn.
It is time for a new schedule and a new adventure. We depart in a few weeks for a trek through Portugal and north west Spain. Our preparation has been exciting and thorough. Our mode of transportation, our feet. Our luggage, on our backs but don’t get carried away, we will be sleeping in hotels and bed and breakfasts.
We will be walking between 10 and 20 miles per day. Our first few stops include Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Ericeira and Nazare. We will have time to explore each location and our research has revealed several special events that coincide with our arrival dates. These treats will be revealed as we experience them in real time. When we reach Porto, we will follow the Senda Litoral route of the Camino De Santiago de Compostela. We have our credentials and look forward to the daily stamps.
A little background on this trip…
My husband and I have traveled to many countries across the globe but neither of us have been to Portugal. After a few inspiring movies, and some friends’ accounts of different routes of the Camino, we considered the possibilities. We decided to create a journey that begins in Lisbon and hugs the coast of Portugal as we wind our way north into Spain. We will be following some of the ancient Roman roads, some of the famous pilgrimage routes towards Fatima and Santiago de Compostela along with our own newly forged Caminho. We look forward to the beauty of the people, the land and the food of this great country. As we ramp up to our start date, I will impart some fun facts about Portugal.
Portugal shares the Iberian peninsula with Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, at the south-western tip of Europe. Lisbon, the capital, is at a latitude of 38.7. That compares to Rome at 40 and New York City at 41. This means comparable weather, cool in the morning and evening and warm in the afternoons during our trip.
There are seven former Portugese colonies including Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Macau, and Goa where Portugese culture, food, and language is still firmly rooted today. It makes sense that Portugese is the sixth most spoken language in the world.
Stay tuned for more details about our prep, our trip and more fun facts about Portugal.