The Road to Portagem

 
October 25, 2015 Oct 25, 2015   Hike, Portugal, Marvao, Spain-Portugal
 
 

We were up early as daylight saving time ended in the night. Yesterday's fog was gone. Breakfast was in the hotels comfortable dining room. The friendly husband set out a buffet of coffee, juice, fruit, cheese, ham, bread and a dessert.

We'd a goal for the morning, to reserve a table at the Sever restaurant, which meant we had to walk to the neighboring town of Portagem. The town is in clear view as Marvao is on the hill overlooking it.

We walked to the town wall, passed through an arch, crossed the road then started down a trail past a convent. From here we were soon on the Road to Portalegre. Though we weren't going as far as Portalegre, just to Portagem. As we walked we were largely in the shade, from cork trees, many showing signs of harvest, plus other oaks and pines. The road's stones were laid out in lines and stars. It was tranquil. It also felt well trod.

After about an hour we entered Portagem. Here the Sever river runs constrained by a cement channel. In stark contrast to the stark colors and lines of the modern channel there stands a beautiful old stone bridge. We walked along the river and quickly found the restaurant where we made our reservations.

We hiked back up the hill to Marvao to eat lunch and plan the rest of our day.

 
 
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Passed on our way out of town      
 
Passed on our way out of town      
 
Passed on our way out of town      
 
Our passage through the city wall      
 
Our passage through the city wall      
 
Our passage through the city wall      
 
The Road to Portalegre between Marvao and Portagem      
 
The Road to Portalegre between Marvao and Portagem      
 
The Road to Portalegre between Marvao and Portagem      
 
Cork tree post harvest, road to Portalegre      
 
Cork tree post harvest, road to Portalegre      
 
Cork tree post harvest, road to Portalegre      
 
Cork tree after harvest on path to Portalegre      
 
Cork tree after harvest on path to Portalegre      
 
Cork tree after harvest on path to Portalegre      
 
Rio Sever, Portagem, with Marvao on hill      
 
Rio Sever, Portagem, with Marvao on hill      
 
Rio Sever, Portagem, with Marvao on hill      
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