Don’t get lost: A quick tip concerning castles in Portugal
After a little informal poll on my Instagram stories I’m doing some adjustments to my posts both here, on WordPress, and on Instagram. That includes shorter, simpler posts and more practical information.
So for starters I’m going to share with you a little travel tip that may seem obvious for those of us who live in countries with castles, but for others… maybe not.
I’ve seen one too many tourists wander aimlessly looking for a castle and, more often than not, having trouble understanding their tourist maps.
Last week, for example, I was in Sintra, walking along the road to Regaleira when I overheard a couple a few steps ahead of me point to Regaleira and one of them said: “Look, here’s the castle!”. Ouch! Nope.
I told them where the castle is (easily seen from that spot). They looked at the map and shrugged their shoulders: “The map must be wrong!”. O… K…
So, in a nutshell, here’s your travel hack for today: it doesn’t matter if you’re in a city or a town or a village – castles are always on high ground. Even if you don’t have a map and you’re in a small town in Portugal look up if you’re searching for a castle.
In some cases it may not be that high above the houses and other buildings, but that’s because of the way those towns evolved as time went by. A good example of this is the castle of Óbidos.