As part of my journey to Galicia, North West Spain, we drove to Portugal just for the sake of it, cause I have never been to Portugal before. We drove from Santiago de Compostela and we chose the city Valença for our destination, as it is very close to the border, and it is a unique town. It was a really nice journey, seeing hills and beaches on the side. The view was awesome!
On the seaside, we can find a lot of Vatea, sort of like black boxes on the sea to catch clams and oyster. A waiter from a restaurant explained to me how it works, by having ropes underneath where the organizm grows.
The drive itself took around 2-3 hours as we were really relaxing, stopping for food etc. Don’t know why, I am always happy seeing countries sign. It is just very easy now to cross borders.
Streets in Valença are narrow and made of stones. Spanish people always have jokes that they go to Portugal just to buy towels because it is so much cheaper there. The street markets are also narrow with lots of people selling stuff on the side. Wine shops are relatively cheaper here, and they have lots of varieties.
Food and Wine
We didn’t spend much time in Valença. But we did visit a random museum, Núcleo Museológico de Valença, and saw the miniature of Valença. The view from the city walls are not bad as well with a countryside feeling.