Showing posts from July, 2020

Aveiro, Portugal on a weekend

Aveiro is the closest coastal city to Salamanca, that's why during whole quarantine time, we have been planning to visit it. Nilu is leaving for her hometown for five weeks, so before her leave, we decided to go to Aveiro last weekend to enjoy the city and the beautiful beaches it has.  In this post, I will try to share what we were able to see and experience on a weekend, so don't expect detailed guide of Aveiro but if you plan to travel for a weekend, what I will share might be helpful.  The travel took around 4 hours. We headed to Costa Nova just after arriving in the city. Costa Nova [1] is the name of the beach which is situated on the Aveiro Lagoon [4] . Until now, I did not what lagoon means, and according to Wikipedia, it means "a shallow body of water separated from a larger body of water by...", which makes sense because ocean water reaches to the city centre by this lagoon, similar to a river. In Spanish, "rio" means river, and apparently, Aveiro

Camino de Hierro (La Fregeneda) - II

After months of confinement due to the pandemic, I had the first travel with my travelling companion Eric to walk the other part of Camino de Hierro (iron road) of La Fregeneda. You can read the previous part of the route in this post .  Let me give very short information about the route, as I mentioned the route is called "Iron Road", it is also known as Ruta de los túneles (Route of tunnels). It is located on the border of Spain - Portugal, in the Las Arribes natural park [1]. It was built in 1887, a great work of civil engineering consisting of 20 tunnels and 13 bridges. You can notice in the video below, it has a tunnel with a 1593 meters of length. It was used to travel between Oporto and Salamanca. Sadly, in 1984 it was closed on the grounds of lack of profitability. Since 2000, it has been declared as "Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC)" meaning something like Property of Cultural Interest [2] Previously, we had walked from Spanish village - La Fregeneda, to Port