Vouzela – Wow, what at find. We were looking for a place to spend a few days on our way to Porto. Looking up Airbnb we found an apartment right in the centre of this small picturesque town just north of Viseu in northern Portugal.
We spent the first day walking around the town, through narrow cobblestone streets and along dirt tracks leading to little farms. This was the first time that I had seen kiwi fruit growing.
The little Roman bridge caught our attention and of course we had to stop for lots of photos from all angles.
On the way back we walked along the Pont Ferroviaria de Vouzela, which is an old railway bridge that crosses in part the Zela River. This would have to be one of the most prominent features of Vouzela. Lots of parklands, museums and playgrounds can be found here. In fact we could see this bridge from our little apartment.
Of course, there were many churches in the town. Some were open while others we had to be happy with photographing the exteriors. One very old church was situated near the railway bridge.
Each morning a beautiful aroma would waft up into our apartment. We quickly worked out that one of the local bakeries was situated right underneath us. So it was off to the bakery each day for fresh bread. I like how people had their bread delivered – it was left hanging on the front door.
Vouzela is known for its “Pasteis de Vouzela”, a specialty pastry that is very delicate and is made with egg yolks. Very rich, so one was definitely enough. That’s not to say that we didn’t indulge in other pastries as well. Portuguese tarts were still high on the list too.
One morning a man was delivering logs for the wood-fired ovens.
More walks through town past beautiful tiled buildings, old windows and doors, gardens and of course lots of colourful flowers.
On our last day, we took a walking path that continued along the old railway line and through what seemed like very small tunnels. Lovely to see the quaint farm buildings, chestnut trees and grain storage houses.
One good thing about staying in a place for more than one day is that you can revisit some places in different light for better perspectives of photos. We did this with both the Roman bridge and the railway bridge.
Vouzela was our base to visit Aveiro, Costa Nova Beach, Ovar, the Douro Valley and Viseu. We had visited Coimbra on our way to Vouzela.
Sadly the previous year saw Vouzela and neighbouring towns suffer huge bushfires with many casualties. The surrounding landscape still bears those scars.
Then it was off to Porto where we ended our amazing few weeks touring in Portugal. So to anyone wanting to chill out for a few days, I totally recommend Vouzela.
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