Date: 8-9th August 2019
Travelled: 109 kms from Chaves to Guimarães
Stayed: Guimarães municipal aire, free, all the usual services. N41.44017, W08.28534
Budget: 61 days @ €80 per day
After yesterday’s long drive through the national park we opt for the tollway today. As the drizzle continues it seems the sensible decision, other than the expense of the tolls (€14). The drizzle turns to rain, then the rain to drizzle. The cycle repeating itself for the next 90 minutes.
Map of Guimarães, the icon on our parking spot.
Our GPS takes us to a relatively new dual motorhome services point and a large adjoining car-park in Guimarães.
We walk up into the old town for a quick look, find the tourist office to get a map and some advice on a walk for tomorrow and somewhere to get a great Portuguese chicken. We find a nice bar with a view and enjoy watching Guimarães walk by. It’s starting to drizzle slightly as we make our way back to the Hymer via the chicken shop.
So after our usual coffee and fruit we set off to walk hiking trail #3 The Penha Route…
Back in the Hymer, we cool down, have a shower and lunch before walking back in Guimarães and doing some more exploring.
Anyway we have done the Palace, mind you they could open a window and let some fresh air into the place. It was hot, humid and generally uncomfortable and we were glad to hit the fresh air. In fact, some anti-perspirants appear not working as advertised.
We walk up the hill another hundred metres to the Castelo de Guimarães. Again more of a fortress than a castle, it dates to the 11th century.
So we make our way back through the old town once again to the Hymer. After our long walk this morning we decide on an early night, must be getting old I suppose. We cook inside, enjoy a drink and plan tomorrows adventure.
Michael and Pam