Mourão, Portugal, 10/2013
Our final stop in Portugal was really more of a surprise. We were just looking for a place to stop for lunch when saw the fortress and church of Mourão on top of the hill inviting us. Turned out the route we chose was a little too narrow to be comfortable so we parked and walked.
On the way up we saw a man working with olives. We had pickled fresh olives ourselves in California so we were intrigued about this man’s process. Stopping for a moment to watch, he invited us to taste a few. They were delicious, seasoned only with salt and oregano.
The next thing we knew we were inside his house where he prepared a wonderful lunch of barbecued sardines, local cheese, Spanish rice and a very nice red wine.,—and olives of course. He just wouldn’t let us leave.
Turns out that the church and castle on the top of the hill could have been driven to had we taken a different route. In any case, the ruins were not that interesting and the church was closed. So after our surprise lunch with Carlos and his family, we walked back down the hill and drove into Spain.