Rock of Gibraltar from the Skywalk

Day 3. Exploring Gibraltar

We started the day with a visit to the Gibraltar National Museum on Bomb House Lane in the centre of town.  Standard admission is £5 with a combination ticket being available at £8 to include a visit to the Gorham's Cave complex viewing platform near Europa Point. Galleries cover the history of the Rock starting …

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Gibraltar Cable Car

Day 2. The top of the Rock, Gibraltar

Pulling back the curtains we witnessed the most beautiful sunrise over the bay and it made me so happy to be spending time in wonderful Gibraltar.  Breakfast at The Rock Hotel takes place in the Terrace Restaurant where we tucked into a large buffet selection of fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, bread and pastries.  Eggs …

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Gibraltar Airport with rock in background

Day 1. A week in Gibraltar

What better way to escape the bitterly cold British winter weather than to spend a week in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.  At only 3 miles (5km) long and 0.75 miles (1.2km) wide it's a tiny relic of the former British empire but with more than enough to keep us entertained during our stay. …

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Fishing boat on the beach in Espinho

Day 8. Exploring Espinho, Portugal

Our original plan had been to set a day aside to visit the Douro valley but as organised trips were not operating, this proved problematic.  It's possible to take a train from Porto to Pinhāo from where one can connect to boat trips up the Douro valley.  However, with a journey of more than two …

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Lighthouse in Vila do Conde

Day 7. A day in Vila do Conde, Portugal

We decided to spend a day along the coast in the town of Vila do Conde, a seaside resort 25km north of Porto.  It's a town favoured by locals though perhaps not on the day of our visit as it was cool and overcast.  Lying at the mouth of the Ave river, it was historically …

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Coimbra, Portugal

Day 6. A day in Coimbra, Portugal

We were interested to visit Coimbra as it was the medieval capital of Portugal for just over 100 years from 1145-1255 when King Afonso moved his court to Lisbon.  The city is also home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Trains from Porto to Coimbra depart from Campanhã station which is on the main north-south …

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Averio, Portugal

Day 5. A day in Aveiro, Portugal

There's little need to hire a car whilst staying in Porto as there are numerous interesting places to visit which are easily accessible by train.  So, for the third morning in succession we took the now familiar route to the São Bento station, this time for a train to Aveiro.  Return fares are priced at …

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Braga, Portugal

Day 4. A day in Braga, Portugal

After breakfast in our hotel, it was back to Saō Bento station again with its beautiful blue tiled concourse. Our destination was to be Portugal's third largest city, Braga, return day tickets €7 each.  The train was reasonably quiet and we enjoyed looking at the passing scenery from the carriage windows during the 75 minute …

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Guimaraes, Portugal

Day 3. A day in Guimaraes, Portugal

After spending the first two days of our holiday exploring Porto we were ready to travel further afield so after a hearty breakfast we headed off to Saō Bento station where we marvelled once again at its exquisite blue and white tiled concourse. From the ticket office we requested return tickets to Guimaraes with discounted …

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Porto riverside

Day 2. Exploring the Gaia and Foz districts of Porto

After enjoying breakfast in the aparthotel's cafe we went along to the nearby Trindade metro station to take a train across the Douro to the Jardim do Morro station.  Staying in the Bolhāo district appealed to us with its close proximity to Trindade as all lines can be accessed from this interchange station.  As we …

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