Go in country Portugal at Curia and Muterde!!!

So we are in off the beaten path sites, these are areas perhaps you won’t find in tourist books but there are wonderful beautiful places with great architecture and especially great wines of Portugal. I have the privilege to travel by car, the best way around and can go into these places fairly easy.

Once arrived in Lisbon, all came back,been there before, it was a breeze. This is the official site ANA, for the airports there: Official Lisbon airport webpage

A taxi was waiting for me to take me to the hotel, Radisson Blu Ave Marechal Craveiro Lopes,390<; This was a nice modern hotel, and near the main expressway out to and from the city, the service was tops Webpage: Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon

I went down to the Malhoa bar,and watch the football/soccer games from Spain and France they were showing!!! heavens!!! The resto was very nice as Bordalo Pinheiro, very good service ,and prices, and the food was delicious.

So therefore, let me give you a taste of what they are. The wonderful towns of Curia and Muterde in the Bairrada wine region.  I went to these by car as said, and it was a memorable trip, always love to go to these places rather than the tourist trail so overburden in southern Europe these days.

Curia is a town in the Tamengos area part of municipality of Anadia, closer to Coimbra;  where you have several spa thermes baths with a nice Belle Epoque or Art Nouveau architecture The thermes here are good with sulphuric calcium and magnesium especially good for gout , stones, urinary infections, hypertension ,rheumatic  pains and muscles strains. They were know since Roman times but not until 1865 they were utilised in mass like today

Some of the things to see in Curia are

The Thermes spa park of 14 hectares with hotel beautiful trees and flowers , tennis courts, artificial lake of 1 km with boat facilities. The Palace Hotel da Curia, art nouveau style opened in 1926  has an Olympic pool built in 1934 the second oldest in Portugal.; the Hotel do Parque Curia, also style Art Nouveau built in 1922 and still with the same family. The train station of Estacao de Caminho de Ferro has decoration in ceramic tiles retracing local traditions like winegrowing or leitao da Bairrada ( small baby pig dish).

Coimbra

Coimbra

The hotel I was based is one of the legendary spas thermes in the region;  The Curia Palace Hotel  : Almeida hotels on the Curia Palace Hotel

This was grand, belle epoque style with almost an empty hotel and full restaurant just for me!!!

Coimbra Coimbra

Wine moments in the Bairrada region; http://www.rotadabairrada.pt/experiencias/?categoria=1&title=momentos-vinicos&idioma=en

murtede

A webpage to help plan your trip on these lands is here:

Tourism of Portugal on Curia; https://www.visitportugal.com/en/NR/exeres/E8B51A1D-30CF-4916-BF9A-2AD3E4B96769

Murtede  is a town in the municipality of Cantanhede

There is a Chapel of Santa Maria Magdalene, the Murtede Brige, Casa das Palmeiras and lookout. The area is part of Bairrada wine region.

The Portuguese wine council from the region is here in Portuguese: http://www.ivv.gov.pt/np4/507/

Other than at the hotel I ate at Cabana do Pastor near Muterde, just typical food with the local families just superb. Cabana do Pastor

Murtede

In this municipality of Cantanhede you have plenty of wine tours with time. The muni page has wine adegas( wineries) to visit in Portuguese. Municipality of Cantanhede on wines

My recommendation the Quinta de Baixo or the farm downunder, part of the Niepoort family ,more here in English: Niepoort Quinta de Baixo wines

Enjoy the ride, it is unmistakable real Portuguese heavens. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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