As any 'world schooler' or 'road schooling family' knows... you sometimes have to seize a moment and take the opportunity to make learning fun... so where better than the beach at Orbitur's Rio Alto campsite on a crisp, sunny morning in December! And a chance to discover some of the Science work we learnt in Da Vinci's museum in Florence, the Science Museum in Munich, Germany and more recently in Portugal's Science Centre in Lagos
Since we've now travelled the length and breadth of Portugal... we've arrived at the northern most part of Portugal...after a fantastic stay in Porto!! In fact you can actually see across to Spain from the window of our motorhome where I sit and type this today!! Looking out past that pretty fishing boat in the above picture!! What an amazing view to get from yet another quality Orbitur campsite (Caminha)
A city that bustles with intent either day or night, Porto can rightfully declare itself to be one of the leading cities in Europe. Existing before even Roman times, it played a crucial role in the European 'Age of Discovery' & has recently held the honour of being a European Capital of Culture (2001). It's prominent defensive position clearly influenced the early Iberian Peninsula settlers whilst the current cosmopolitan city uses the hillside location to even great effect... perhaps best viewed from the roof terrace of the 'Taylor's Port Cellars' on the south side of the River Douro...
But we learnt so much more than just that..! So here's our '5 Family Friendly Things About Porto You Have To Experience' for you to enjoy...
Having seen so many cities during the past 412 days on the road across Europe, you'd think we'd be getting bored of seeing historical monuments, bustling cities or hopping on public transport.... but you'd be wrong! Especially when cities like Porto come along!!! Vibrant, Engaging & Unique are the first words that spring to mind, make no mistake, this city is growing in popularity.... Yes it has a little of so many of the cities we've visited across our European Roadtrip.. a little touch of Naples in the narrowness of the streets, similar to Bergen for the warmth of the people & an abundant history & location like Dubrovnik.... but we'd place it even higher than these cities!! Perhaps as high as our current favourite in Copenhagen... High praise but why does Porto feature so highly? Let's find out our reasons why we love Porto...
Having woken early to get the best of the sunlight in this fantastic campsite, we ventured out to explore the wooded site with the girls... this Orbitur Vagueira campsite is neatly tucked inbetween one of the many estuaries/deltas that have created this interesting and varied region... It houses some fantastic sanitary facilities ,excellent campsite-wide wifi (a great positive when road schooling across Europe and maintaining a website!) & a good quality, decent sized pitch... The site's wooded glades give a brilliant amount of shade in the summer, but also offer a peaceful, natural environment... we're fans!! So with the girls fully 'schooled' in the Roman History of the UK, basic French grammar and a little maths! we headed out to explore what the region had to offer between Costa Nova & Aveiro
Although we've absolutely loved every second of our time in Central Portugal, easily finding things to add to our newly created 'Portugal Mini Guide'... we still can't decide whether we prefered Tomar to Batalha.. or Nazaré to Obidos...but time waits for no man, so we've pushed on northwards to find out what awaits in the 'Norte' of Portugal... along the famous Oceanic Atlantico route
Opting for a morning of homeschooling... everyone was ready to get out and find something exciting to both entertain and educate ... so we'd heard that Obidos in Central Portugal (some 85km north of Lisbon) had a fantastic series of Christmas acitvities for children throughout the month of December.. so heading out to try and ensure we took in dusk on top of this walled city, we headed for the fantastic aire that sits underneath the aquaduct commissioned by Queen Caterina of Austria (King João III's wife) in exchange for fertile lands beneath the castle..
Having enjoyed our first day/night at Natur Park (ValeParaiso) we've decided to halt the horses and stay an extra day... maybe it was the lure of the campsite's facilities and a chance to expend some energy in the many sports facilities (sadly no pool but this aerial pic makes us want to return next summer!) or maybe it was the extraordinary amount of places to visit within 30-60mins ...
We've headed north to enjoy some of the truly amazing sights of the Estremadura & Ribatejo regions of Portugal! This region sits below the Douro valley to the North and above Lisbon to the South... From as far east at Ortiga to the western-most tips of Europe at Peniche. So having seen the delights of Evora and Porto Covo in the Alentejo, what would we find here?
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