Portugal: Hike in the Tua Valley (PR2 CRZ)

Today's hike lead us in the Tue Valley, which is a 40 minutes drive from the Douro Valley in Pinhão. As we have already many kilometers in our legs, we looked for a short hike with great views. The PR2 CRZ is only 9 kilometers long but has 400 meters of decline and incline in altitude. BUT the hike is really like a V, steep steep steep. The hike leads through…

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Portugal: Hiking 50 km through the Douro Valley

In order to mix our hiking experiences a bit up in Portugal we went on a 50 km hike through the Douro Valley. As we never did a multi day hike through a winery region, I was exited to put this to our list. The kilometers were split into 4 days, nearly equally. The difference between the days been the incline in altitude. This was between 800 and 250 meters. This…

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Portugal: Geres National Park (GR50)

Geres After leaving the west coast of Viana do Castelo behind, we took a detour to the airport of Porto in order to pick up our rental. After that we went directly to the town of Geres in the Geres National Park. The town of Geres mainly consists of Hotels and Restaurants. It is busy and really touristy. So not really for our taste but it fitted the purpose to see…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part III

Our last hike in the north of Portugal lead us from Ponte de Lima back to Viana do Castelo. Ponte de Lima, is the oldest vila in Portuga and it is part of the district of Viana do Castelo. It should not be missed on a visit to the north. It has a beautiful old center to wonder in and is also famous for great restaurants in town. Ponte de Lima…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part II

The second part of our hiking journey in the north of Portugal included two hiking paths among the coastline. Both trails are following the Portuguese part of the Camino de Santiago. With that said we also saw a couple of Camhino hikers. "Bom Caminho" is the greeting in Portuguese. In order to wish the hikers a nice hike on the Caminho. The Camhino Portugues starts in Porto and joins the Camino de…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part I

In order to escape the crowds we choose a more unknown and natural region of Portugal. The North, in this series mainly the area from Montaria - in the mountains - to Ponte de Lima. The idea was to go more local and explore the green heart of the north by foot. The region welcomed us with the last strength of summer, with 33 degrees - in the middle of September.…

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Portugal: Flying during Covid-19 times

Mountains of Spain Mountains of Portugal What to expect? Honestly it was not as different, as I thought is would going to be. In the airport in Frankfurt everybody was wearing a face mask. The airport staff and every customer. Luggage drop-off was as slow as usually, also with been check in already. So no change in this department. During the security check, we needed to pull of the face mask…

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Germany: On the Richard Löwenherz Path (Palatinate)

Weidenrösschen Weiße Natterwurz This morning lead us once more to Palantinate, in order to hike another beautiful rock trail - The Richard Löwenherz Trail. As the summer is coming to an end, the sun is rising later and with that we had a hard time to get out of bed at 5 am. We heard the clock ringing at 5 am, at 7 am and finally around 9 am we woke…

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Germany: On lonely paths in Saxony (Köhlersteig)

With the summer heat nearly gone we were on another hiking in our own backyard mission. The south of Germany, including the black forest, palatinate and the neckar region, is completely expanded for tourism. It is easy to find tours or weekend activities in that region. It is a bit different in the eastern part of Germany. Also, there it has popular touristic regions like the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. But besides…

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Germany: Four Castle Tour (Neckar)

Four Castle View View from the Castle This weekend the temperature finally dropped from around 37 degrees to around 28 degrees. I hope this is the start of the end of the summer and with that the heat. As Saturday was mainly rainy we took a lazy one and moved the hiking activities to Sunday. With just another holiday region, the Neckar Valley, in our reach this tour led us to…

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