The weather outside is frightful, without A/C it is not delightful and without it I must let go; I’m saying let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…….
No, I am kidding. Today I am not really sweating but am tripping back into a past getaway.
A bit of snow was chilling in June of 2013 while we visited the highest point in Portugal, Torre.
Torre is located in the Sierra de la Estrella, where bicyclists clip in and bike up during summer and skiers strap on their boots and grasp their poles as they carve their way down in winter.
As you make your way to the top you will see natural beauty all around you. Nothing but natural!!!
If you’re planning a trip into the Sierra de la Estrella during the summer, your eyes will be treated to goats grazing on the hills,
monuments carved out of the rock,
and wild lavender blooming as you twist and turn your way into and out of Manteigas.
Manteigas is a quaint Portuguese town, where homes are coated in white alabaster and the roofs are covered in terracotta tiles. It’s a perfect place to rest, buy produce, have refreshment and live naturally.
Many, who live, explore or holiday in Europe know that hotels may not come with A/C. It’s the stuff many of my American friends, including myself have taken for granted.
Hotel Berne located in Manteigas, not only comes with A/C but a pool that is heated!!!!!! Well, heated naturally for its guests by the sun. Now who on earth would want a heated pool in June????
Ask a Portuguese or a temporary transplant about it when you visit………Tomorrow, tomorrow the sun will be out and there will be no snowing!
It’s not time yet, to get relief from the summer heat, but if you visit Portugal and you don’t have snow blowing through A/C in your hotel room, cool off real fast with a dunk in the icy cold Atlantic, find a hotel with a pool, heated or not heated or splash yourself in melted snow! GPS coordinates to Manteigas, Portugal 40.406438,-7.539421. It’s a perfect town to rest after a good work out through the Sierra de la Estrella.