A Peaceful Place
Before the covid pandemic came into it’s full swing in Portugal, we were able to visit a beautiful peaceful place up in the mountains called Talisnal. This is an area that once raised cattle, then the area was planted with trees and the people left the area. However, today there are these interesting old schist stone houses that are being repaired and used as vacation homes and tourist rentals. It was very quiet when we were there, but can be a bit busy with the tourist season. We found it to be so peaceful and the hiking around the area was beautiful and good exercise.
Walking through the town was a delight for the interesting buildings and walkways.
In the town and along the trails there were signs giving directions to the trails and telling how far the walks were from town to town, for there were other small schist villages to visit.
We wandered several trails and they were all different and a bit challenging.
As you walked from town there was a nice walk for a bit and a few nice houses away from the main part of town.
Then things got a little more interesting.
And more pictures of the trails.
And sometimes a challenge.
Though there was good strenuous hiking, it took us to some interesting places.
I believe that people can stay at the Monastery at times, but not sure of the scheduling. It was close to the castle and a beautiful stream, and we stayed there a while looking at the grotto and the fountains.
After visiting the Castle and Monastery we turned back for Talasnal and more steep climbing.
Of course one must have some nice places to keep cool on hot summer days, so we took these cooling shots.
We had such a good time in Talasnal and Castilo. The people were so hospitable and the local food was great. A peaceful stay was a joy and Talasnal is a gem to visit.
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