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Behind the Lens

Behind the Lens

Portugal: Part Three


David Noton explores the photographic potential of a little known but exquisitely colourful area of Portugal,  Beira Baixa.

May 13, 2018

Early, but not easy on a Sunday morning, I drop Wendy at Lisbon, take a wrong turning at the first roundabout out of the airport, inadvertently jump the lights, gesture apologetically at the irate drivers frothing at the mouth, and head for Beira Baixa, a hardy, sparsely inhabited province in the north-east of Portugal adjoining the Spanish border which has now been consigned to history administratively, but not in my travel guides, which paint a picture of a harsh but beautiful landscape of upland plains dotted with cork, carob and olive trees, enormous boulders, rugged peaks, fortress towns and hilltop villages. Sounds good, and much more like the rustic Portugal we were missing on the last coastal leg.

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