Search This Blog

Total Pageviews

Caminho do Este de Portugal (Tavira - Santiago de Compostela)

Tavira-Baesuris-Alcoutim-Mértola-Serpa-Moura-Monsaraz-Estremoz-Fronteira-Crato-Nisa-Castelo Branco-Castelo Rodrigo-Mirandela-Chaves-Verín-Ourense-Cea-Estación de Lalin-Puente Ulla-Santiago de Compostela.

This Caminho is for pilgrims on foot,by bicycle,on horseback,by motorcycle or by car.

Bom Caminho!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2019 - 2018 - Seixo - part of Stage 10 - Monsaraz to Alandroal - about 33,4 km.

*** Leaving Monsaraz left direction Telheiro, passing GNR, following M514. After 5,9 km right direction Alandroal/Barrada Motrinos, direction Seixo. / 2018 / ---------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Arriving in Seixo, at t-crossing right direction Terena/Alandroal N255. ---------------------------------------------------------------------


  1. Seixo Alentejo. The Romans left more than a few footprints here, and there are historic towns and castles around almost every corner. Alentejo is one of the country´s best-kept secrets. Alentejo, literally "beyond the Tejo" (River Tagus), has a distinctive character and beauty unlike that of any other Portuguese province. Its vast plains, coloured burnt ochre in summer, are freckled with cork oaks and olive trees which provide the only shade for the small flocks of sheep and herds of black pigs. Nicknamed "terra do pâo" (land of bread) because of field upon field of wheat and oats, Alentejo supports acres of grapevines, tomatoes, sunflowers and other plantations.
    Leaving Monsaraz direction Telheiro, passing GNR, following M514. Left direction Barrada Motrinos, right after 5,9 km direction Alandroal passing through Seixo. Driving through Seixo direction Terena / Alandroal N255. In Terena you have to visit the Castle,
    Castelo de Terena. Turismo Alandroal 00351 268 440 045, GNR Santiago Maior 00351 268 497 018. Distance Stage 10 about 33,4 km.

  2. Military Orders. The crusades produced an unusual kind of soldier - that is, those belonging to the military orders created by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in 1128. The Knights Templar was the first such order, based in Jetusalem, which had been captured during the First Crusade (1096-1099). They were followed by the Knights of St. John (the Hospitallers), established in Rhodes, and by the Teutonic Order and the Spanish Knights of Calatrava. Originally, their role was to fight for the true faith while obeying monastic rules of poverty, chastity and obedience. Soon, however, the spoils of war became more important for many of the Knights than the spread of Christianity
    Leaving Monsaraz downhill by Telheiro, after school 1st left direction Reguengos M 514, after about 5,9 km, right direction Aldeia de Motrinos, direction Seixo and from Seixo to Cabeca de Carneiro, and from there to Terena and Alandroal by N 255.
    10th Stage Monsraz - Alandroal, Turismo Monsaraz
    00351 927 997 316, Turismo Terena 00351 268 456 102, GNR Alandroal 00351 268 449 163. Bom Caminho.
    Terena to Alandroal by N 255.

  3. Caminho de Santiago Wintersport in Alentejo?Climate
    It is not uncommon for summer temperatures in the Alentejo to break the 40° Celsius barrier; lack of wind can make the heat stifling. The Beja-region in particular regularly tops the temperature charts of Portuguese weather forecast.
    Spring and Autumn are more pleasant for walking, cycling and Pilgrimming, with average daytime temperatures around 20-25 °C.
    The eastern Alentejo has a semi-Continental climate, with for Portuguese standards cold winters, in January an average of 8 °C, and often dry and crisp air. So pick your choice and select a period of the year to walk or cycle "O Caminho do Este de Portugal desde Tavira" a Historical Pilgrimage through eastern Portugal, partly following Guadiana River since the 14th Century until now. Iter Stellarum,
    A Grande Obra dos Caminhos de Santiago. Bom Caminho.

  4. Baesuris History CuttingsDecember 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Seixo. It was Julius Caesar who introduced "Latifundias" - large estates devoted to cattle raising and wheat farming - to the Alentejo. Many of the boundaries of these estates have remained the same over the intervening 2000 years.
    The farmhouse itself is called a "Monte" and is usually located on the highest point of the estate.
    Cork and olives are still produced in great quantities but wheat is no longer profitable - it is cheaper to import it from Spain where greater mechanization has cut production costs.
    The exodus from the land continues and the population in the Alentejo has declined in the last 50 years by almost half a million.
    In Seixo one can see the result of the exodus fom the land. Half a village for sale, in winter only 2 families and in summer 3 houses are used by survivers.
    In the past decade "Horticulturalists" from Northern Europe have set up small-scale fruit and vegetable operations which take advantage of the long sunny growing season.
    Pilgrims walking or cycling the 10th Stage of "O Caminho do Este de Portugal desde Tavira", between
    Monsaraz, Telheiro, Motrinhos arriving in Seixo, should turn right direction Terena and Alandroal. We advise to take enough water and fruit for the way, because the first "Coffee-stop" possible in winter is in
    Terena on the right side after the crossing, EN 255, Cervejaria Restaurante "Boa Nova" - "O Fragas" in Terena. Here one can also inform about shelter for the night, 00351 268 459 147, or at Turismo de Alandroal in front of the Castle, where a very friendly Lady speaks English, 00351 268 440 045.
    Bom Caminho.

  5. Seixo, Souvenirs of the Alentejo.
    Ceramic bowls and dishes hand-painted in bright colours are good buys almost everywhere.
    Redondo is famous for its potteries; blue and yellow are the traditional colours here, while Estremoz specializes in red "Earthenware".
    Locally made leather and sheepskin jackets can be bought at markets.
    In Mértola and Reguengos de Monsaraz one can buy handwoven rugs and blankets in natural colours.
    Évora's Praca Giraldo has some fine handicraft shops stocking goods from all over the Alentejo.
    Fine local wines make an excellent souvenir of the Alentejo; names to look out for include Reguengos VQRPD , Porta da Ravessa and Borba.
    Bom Caminho.

  6. Baesuris Spanish CuttingsJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Caminar a buen paso disminuye el riesgo de ictus!

    Tres horas a la semana dedicadas a una caminata a paso ligero son suficientes para que las mujeres reduzcan el riesgo de sufrir un ictus, un beneficio que
    inexplicablemente no se produce en los hombres, según un estudio espanol liderado por el investigador José María Huerta que se publica en "Stroke".
    "Una actividad moderada es buena para la salud", destaca Huerta, del servicio de Epidemiología de la
    Consejería de Sanidad de Murcia.
    Estudios anteriores ya habián relacionado la actividad
    fisica con la posibilidad de sufrir menos derrames cerebrales, que tienen su origen en un bloqueo en las
    arterias o una ruptura de vasos sanguíneos en el cerebro.
    El nuevo estudio demuestra que las mujeres que caminan a paso ligero unos 210 minutos a la semana
    tienen un 43% menos riesgo de derrame cerebral que
    aquellas con una vida sedentaria.
    Además, tienen menos posibilidades de sufrir un accidente cerebrovascular que las que montan en bicicleta o hacen otros ejercicios cuya intensidad en poco tiempo es más elevada.
    Para llegar a esta conclusión, Huerta y su equipo repartieron cuestionarios a unas 33.000 personas,
    con preguntas sobre su actividad física.
    Posteriormente las observaron durante 12 anos y registraron un total de 442 accidentes cerebrovasculares.
    Buen Camino, Bom Caminho.

  7. Baesuris Culinary CuttingsJanuary 20, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Seixo, Alentejo, Food and Beverages.
    Alentejo's culinary specialities should not be missed.
    Try "Sopa Alentejana" - a filling soup of bread, with lots of coriander (a herb often used in Alentejo Cuisine), garlic and poached eggs.
    One of the classic meat dishes is "Carne de Porco à Alentejana" - chunks of pork seasoned in wine, coriander and onions and served with clams.
    Two much havier but delicious stewed dishes are "Ensopada de Cabrito" - kid boiled with potatoes and bread until the meat is just about falling off the bone, and "Favada de Caca", a game stew of hare, rabbit, partridge or pigeon with broad beans.
    The best Alentejo cheese comes from Serpa. Made from sheep's and goat's milk, which has a creamy texture and a strong, slightly piquant flavour.
    Evora has its own goat cheese which is hard, salty and slightly acid. It is preserved in jars filled with olive oil.
    Alentejo is a "Regiao Demarcada" - a demarcated Wine Region. Most towns have their own Cooperative
    Winery from which you can buy stocks at bottom prices, and most Restaurants have a low-priced Cooperative House Wine.
    In Lisbon, Alentejo reds are often drunk with "Bacalhau", instead of the more usual white wines.
    To appreciate really good Alentejo wines, try the red wines from the Reguengos Cooperative or those from
    White wines from the Vidigueira Cooperative are far superior to any of the other Alentejo whites.
    Bom Caminho.