Madeira: An outdoor playground

With being to Madeira already two times, we know the popular touristic hikes. Which are stunning but also crowded. With having the pandemic still around, we wanted this time to explore the more unknown region of the north. Mainly around São Vicente and Boaventura, the places where we found nice AirB&B accommodations. In order to have the real local experience. Instead of staying in an impersonal hotel room. Boca das Voltas…

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Madeira: Never stop learning

This weekend we did a trip to Ponto do Pargo to do a hike at the Faja Grande. At the beginning of the hike was a small restaurant surrounded by its own garden. So far so unspectacular you might, would say. The interesting part was in the details, as the owner was taking the time to put a little sign in front of every plant to show what it is. I…

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Madeira: Just disconnect for a while

Levada do Norte Encumeada That 2020 was a crazy year, we can all agree on. Not many of us experiencing something comparable in your lives. It is interesting that in the beginning most of us thought this all will go away in a matter of a couple of months. Guess what we all been wrong. It is now over 10 months in quarantine, lockdown and a way different life as we…

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Madeira: A pure nature island

Hike among the east coast Traveling to Madeira was always special, as the landing on the island is already a highlight. With the airport right next to the ocean, the landing curve is going over the cliffs of the east cape. This is every time around an experience. As the Covid-19 cases in all over Europe are rising, on the island extra measure were taken. Either way you bring a negative…

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Portugal: Experience report during Covid-19

I wanted to do here an aftermath of your experience in Portugal this year during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. I will not pretend that travel this year was an easy decision. With the ongoing news about the topic in the media, it was hard to make a good decision. Also, with keeping the own health and the health of others in mind. As with the majority of the Germans staying Germany…

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Portugal: Tips

My tips summarized here are based on a three weeks travel to the mainland of Portugal. The travel was split between self-driving and luggage transport between the long-distance hiking in the North of Portugal. Areas included are Minho, the Douro Valley and the Geres National Park. The trip was focused mainly on hiking, eating great Portuguese food and just enjoy great location in more unknown part of the North of Portugal.…

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Portugal: Resume after hiking 200 km in the North of Portugal

As in 2020 travel was upside down, I was on the search of hiking opportunities in Europe that were off the beaten paths. Portugal may not come first in mind when searching for this. The country is mainly known for it's amazing beaches at the Algave region. May some know the Fishermen's Trail (Rota Vicentina), which is still on my list but I wanted to leave it for our trip around…

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Portugal: The best for last (GR50 Ermida)

Just pure nature (Ermida) At our last day in Portugal, we aimed for a special hike. Up to the Lourica (1359 m). The hike can be started near Ermida. It is already a pictures drive up to this mountain town. Shortly before the town of Ermida there are two parking slots, in order to start the hike on the GR50. Or just take a photo of the amazing landscape. As our…

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Portugal: Back in the Geres National Park (GR50 from Soajo)

Two weeks in Portugal went by like nothing, as we not been ready to face the Covid-19 situation in Germany just yet, we extend our stay in Portugal for another week. In Geres we got a taste of the Geres Nation Park and the GR50. In order to see more of the park we decided to go Soajo. A more quiet and countryside region of the Geres National Park. Also, here…

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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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