Date: 6-7th August 2019
Travelled: 153 kms from Lindoso in the Minho to Chaves in the Trás-os-Montes Province of Portugal
Visited: Lindoso Castle and Chaves
Stayed: Chaves a private aire, €17 includes electric. N41.73523, W07.47231
Budget: 59 days @ €80 per day
It was only 15kms on to Lindoso. We arrived after 6pm and go straight to a recommended parking place just below the Castelo. The cloud is low and dark but at least it’s not raining, yet. So we jump out for a quick walk around the castle. Lindoso is only a few kilometres short of the Spanish border and the Castelo or more accurately fortress was part of Portugal’s defensive strategy in the 18th century.
Map of Lindoso, the icon on our parking spot
Some views of Lindoso from the Castelo’s bastion walls. The espigueiros (stone granaries) are typical to this isolated part of the Minho.
We spend a quiet evening in the car-park with another motorhome for company. I hear rain at some stage during the night, but it’s not an issue. The Castelo Museum doesn’t open until 10am, so we decide to give it a miss and get an early start for Chaves.
We re-fuel at Quintas as the diesel in Spain is 10-15 pence per litre cheaper than Portugal. The drive to Chaves takes another 3 hours and I don’t remember a section of straight road the entire way.
It is however very scenic from heavily wooded glen, deep gorges and the lakes (hydroelectric dams) along the Rio Cávado make for plenty to see. There is very little traffic other than around the touristy resort of Gerês.
Map of Chaves, the icon on our stop.
We decide on a paid aire in Chaves. We have not been on power for almost 5 weeks. The Hymer needs a good vacuum through and we have various things that need charging. Pam wants to do a load of washing, so we cough up. Given it looks like rain, if our walking options are limited by weather a stop with electricity close to town will help.
So we do a quick supermarket shop and settle in to the aire, before heading of across the bridge (below) to start exploring.
It starts to drizzle so we retreat to the Hymer. After a refreshing beverage or two we extend the awning and get the Webber out. I BBQ a rack of pork ribs (American style) whilst Pam whips up a salad. Our neighbours look across jealously as they enjoy there baked beans on toast or escargot on a cracker as the case maybe.
It rains quite heavily overnight, but has slowed to a drizzle by breakfast.
The drizzle is getting a little heavier now, we know the weather has beaten us, so we walk across the bridge once again to the Hymer. Whilst we could spend the rest of the day waiting on the weather, everything is clean and fully charged, so we decide to ready the Hymer and go on to our next adventure, Guimarães.
Michael and Pam