MONSARAZ

Monsaraz

Monsaraz isa hill top village, some 200km east of Lisbon, near the border with Spain. We visited on our way back from the UK in our campervan. Monsaraz is a delightful place which attracts many tourists.

Monsaraz is just 150km away from Merida in Spain, the largest Roman settlement on the Iberian peninsula. Watch out for a future blog and video on Merida.

Her Outdoors shouting for help… in the great outdoors!

The lake you pass on the route in from Spain provided us with a very refreshing swim, on a baking hot day, prior to walking round the village. It seemed like we had the whole lake to ourselves. Except for a lovely French couple we met who were also enticed by the cooling waters of the lake.

Refreshed and ready to roam…

Sintra

Sintra is a place that is well worth a visit when you are in or near Lisbon. Situated about 30km from Lisbon it’s a delightful town situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. But be warned, if you are going with a caravan, the advice is, don’t!


One of the less tight spots

We travelled there in our motorhome, 7.1 metres long and 2.2 metres wide. Whilst we managed on the tight, twisty roads, it’s not recommended. Our quest to find an overnight parking spot was an adventure, which culminated in a misty drive through the hills, then through a little village with about 15cm between the wing mirrors and the house walls. We couldn’t even get out to take a pic! Eventually, we found a secluded lay-by on a quiet road, shrouded in a thick mist. Very atmospheric.

Breakfast Coffee @ Royal Picnic spot

We awoke to a fabulous view to the coast, a short distance away, and across the road was a royal picnic area! What an amazing find, what serendipity. The added bonus for us was that it was very near the Penn Palace, our destination for the day (see the video below).