We wake to the sound of a carillon bells echoing across the lake. We cannot see a church, but we can hear its bells. The sun is just coming up over the hill behind us and the weather app confirms is will be hot today.
We have a coffee and plan our day, which as usual isn’t much of a plan. Our guide refers to a series of isolated stone villages in the eastern Beira. I marked them out some months ago after ready an article in the Weekend Australian. After looking at our road atlas we decide to let the GPS decide the route and we get the Hymer ready to roll.
Map of Portugal, the icon on the village of Sernancelhe.
That’s Sernancelhe done, we find a small supermarket for a bag of ice and some shade for coffee before driving on for the village of Penedono.
Map showing Penedono
So we seem to have done Penedono as best we can. The Hymer is still sitting in the shade thank goodness as we roll out of the village the GPS set for Marialva about 45 minutes away.
Map showing Marialva, Portugal.
Its mid-afternoon and very hot by this stage, however there is a nice breeze. We find some shade in a small car-park next to a sporting pitch, park the Hymer and have a rest for 90 minutes.
We decide to continue on. We would normally be happy to stop for the night but given the heat we decide to drive on for another hour or so till the sun is setting. Our data-base shows an aire with services at Almeida. As we plan on Spain and Salamanca tomorrow, Almeida is on the way.