Thursday, January 20, 2011
According to Wikipedia, Ponte de Lima has a population of only 2,800, although the municipality of Ponte de Lima has more than 44,000 inhabitants. It is located far in the north of Portugal, towards the west, and close to the northern border with Spain.
A view of the town of Ponte de Lima as I walked back across the bridge after visiting the church.
In the main plaza in Ponte de Lima.
Guimarães is, in my opinion, one of Portugal's most beautiful cities, but today I am going to post pictures not of Guimarães, but of the Penha mountain that overlooks it. These pictures were taken around January of 2010, when there was an unusual amount of snow on the mountain top (it had even snowed in Oporto that month!).
Personally, I love, love, LOVE Penha. I think that it is a very magical and spiritual place. I highly recommend visiting if you are lucky enough to have the chance.
O Monte da Penha, towering over the city of Guimaraes. You can already see the snow on top!
The hotel that sits at the top of the Penha mountain is on the right. It has stunning views of the city below!
The church that sits atop the Monte da Penha.
It was far colder than what I was used to!
A small chapel on top of the Monte da Penha, tucked away behind the large boulders that define the mountaintop landscape.
A view of Guimaraes from behind the church at the top of the Monte da Penha.
Some of the large boulders that cover the Monte da Penha.
*Info* on the Hotel da Penha:
Has 17 rooms and a restaurant that is famous for its fried fish fillets and amazing views of Guimarães.
Phone number: +351 25 341 4245
A view of old Porto (Ribeira) from the Vila Nova de Gaia bank of the Douro River.
Sandeman, one of the most famous bottlers of Port wine. In the summer, the patio is filled with outdoor seating, umbrellas and, of course, happy tourists and Portuguese enjoying the view and the wine!
It just so happens to be the home of the oldest (and BEST, of course) football club in Portugal, the Futebol Clube do Porto (FC PORTO). I am happily on my way to becoming an official PORTISTA. I even went to a game, my first ever professional football (soccer) game, a couple of weeks ago, and it was tons of fun!
They played against Sporting, a rival Portuguese team from around Lisbon (their biggest rival, Benfica, is also from around Lisbon).
It was a great game!