The last couple of weeks I’ve been posting more and more autumn related pictures taken in the UK. This week I’ll continue but with autumn in Portugal.
This picture was taken in Barcelos in September 2009. Slightly less colourful than it might be in mid or north European countries at this time of the year. However, there is some slight colouring of leaves. It just seems to have started.
Barcelos is a smaller city in North Portugal, half way between Porto and the Portuguese-Spanish border to the North. The city is of Roman origin and many old features are still visible. The city seemed to be quiet and not very touristy but then, I was there when the high-season had finished already. There are many souvenir shops selling textiles with traditional embroidery and various items with the Galos de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) which is one of the most common emblems of Portugal in which mainly the older generation might be interested. My nan loved the table cloth that I brought her!!
All in all, I think Barcelos is worth visiting because of its very nice townscape and it also has a good range of cafés. And for those who are interested – plenty of opportunity for souvenir shopping!