Lamego, Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 2019

Date: 13th August 2019

Travelled: 158 kms from Porto to Moimenta da Beira in the Province of Beira

Visited: Driving the Alto Douro and Lamego

Stayed: Wildcamping on Barragem de Vilar, Moimenta da Beira, no services. N40.97316, W07.54097

Budget: 65 days @ โ‚ฌ80 per day

Despite our long day in Porto yesterday we plan a long drive today hence try for an early start. There are some 30+ motorhomes in this aire and most seem very slow at servicing their campers, so we decide to be first.

We start the Hymer and roll over to the service point around 8am and start doing what needs to be done, when I hear the Aussie twang. A young couple from the central coast are here in a small camper. So we chat away probably pissing off the other motorhomers trying to get back to sleep.

We say our goodbyes and roll out, our first stop the Lidl for a supermarket top up. Then the tollway…

East of Amarante we turn off the tollway, taking the N101 into the Province of the Alto Douro. The hills become higher, the valley deeper. Vineyard predominate.

We finally catch sight of the Rio Douro.

Our cousins Terry and Lelia did a cruise up the Rio Douro last year and recommended Lamego and itโ€™s astonishing baroque staircase. We arrive in Lamego about 1pm, itโ€™s hot and sunny.

Map of Lamego, the icon on our parking spot.

Pam snapped a quick picture of the Cathedral of Lamego as we do another round-about of cobbles.

We park the Hymer and walk to the start of the staircase up to the Igreja de Noosa Senhora. This climb is one of Portugalโ€™s most important pilgrimage sites.

We find some amazing scenes depicted in azulejos tiles as we climb.

Looking back down on Lamego.

Back in the Hymer, we cool down as best we can given Lamego is Portuguese for โ€˜no shadeโ€™. In reality Lamego was an amazing experience and we’re glad we stopped. Our thoughts turn to an overnight stop with a view. Our data-base shows a wildcamping spot on a lake near Moimenta da Beira about 20 kms to the south-east, so why not have a look, we donโ€™t have a train to catch.

Map of the lake and our overnight stop.

By 9pm we have been joined by 3 other camper-cars so we have company. The Police drive by and wave, so we feel even better. Another interesting day slides past…

Michael and Pam

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