Rucksacks travel guide

Central Portugal

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Monsanto - the city under the boulders - Portugal

Monsanto could have been any small mountain village, but you can already tell as you approach the village that this is something unique. Monsanto is a namely a stone city - built in, over and under large round stone bumblebees.

The striped houses in Costa Nova – Portugal

The small fishing village of Costa Nova outside Aveiro offers one of Portugal's real gems - the polka-dotted houses in all the colors of the rainbow.

The fountain at Mata Nacional do Buçaco (Bussaco Forest) – Portugal

The Bussaco forest just north of Coimbra was a spontaneous stop on our way to Porto. We wandered to the beautiful cold fountain and dreamed of a night at the castle.

Curia Palace - A castle night in the spirit of the Great Gatsby - Portugal

There are places that take you back in history. Time bubbles that no one dares to puncture, where everything just continues to live its historical little life. This is a story about how we inadvertently went on a trip back to the 1920s. Complete with a cooking lesson that could have been created by the History Eaters.

Conimbriga – In the footsteps of the Romans in Portugal

We stand on an almost 2000-year-old street in Conimbriga and look out over the ruins of a city. Shops, baths, a forum and an amphitheatre. Conimbriga tells the story of how people lived two thousand years ago.

Waves, surf and shelter in Nazaré – Portugal

As summer ends and sunbathers pack away their parasols, Nazaré begins to prepare for the next season. The surfing season with the world's highest waves

Dried fish and sunbathers in Nazaré – Portugal

On the beach in Nazaré, mackerel and squid lie in the sun drying. As they have done for hundreds of years.

Maria Batata (and a hotel I wanted to stay at!) – Portugal

A dinner at the farm-to-table restaurant Maria Batata and a hotel that I must stay at someday!

Óbidos – The White City – Portugal

Óbidos is Portugal's answer to the picturesque and whitewashed Santorini, but with its very own ring wall and a castle that contributes to the village's silhouette.

Evolutee Royal Óbidos Hotel – Portugal

Our second hotel in Portugal turned out to be a really good choice, with an incredibly beautiful mosaic pool and a breakfast I wished would never end...