Fortress Cities of the South


We started off our tour in Vigo, Spain. Down at the port there was a shopping centre and waterfront area. We met up with our tour group and then took a bus to the town of Tui, Spain to see a Cathedral built in the 12th century and then to Valença, Portugal to see the fortress town.

 It was a 30 minute drive or so to the town of Tui, at the end of the post we arrive back in Vigo and explored the sea front.



 Here we are in Tui. We had to park the bus outside of the city centre and walk a short distance to the sites because the town is too small for buses.




 We went into the cathedral and walked around.





 Behind the Cathedral there was a nice view of the river Minho that separates Spain and Portugal. Across the river is Portugal.

 Later we cross this river and look over to where we were just standing.
You can see Portugal!


The stone workers use to carver their symbols into the stone work so they were paid accordingly for each stone they did.

 We went back into the Cathedral and looked around.

 We left the cathedral and walked through the town.

 While we walked along we got to know a few people from the cruise ship. Then we headed back on the bus and drove to Portugal.
The River that separates Spain and Portugal. Spain is on the left, Portugal is on the right. 

 Here we are in Portugal now.



 We looked around at the shops in Valenca and our tour guide showed us some viewpoints as well.










That is Spain over there.

 We walked back to the town and did some shopping.





We had a glass of wine with a few fellow cruisers from Canada. The wine was only 1.50 euros. 
 After the glass of wine we had to go back to Vigo.

 We got back on the bus. It was only a 15 minute drive back to the pier.


 Here we are back in Vigo. One of the couples we met asked if we wanted to join them for dinner later.


Our Ship

After looking around Vigo, we got back on the ship. It was a lot of fun seeing Tui and Valença which are places we might not have travelled to otherwise if we weren't on this cruise. Plus we were happy about seeing Portugal and crossing another place off our list.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more of Portugal, check out our post on "Explore the Heart of Lisbon on Foot and Gloria Funicular"

Comments

  1. So many great photos. I would LOVE to visit Spain one day.

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  2. I just love love love traveling and this post only bit me harder with the travel bug. I landed in Spain when I had a connection --- but never got to experience it, so it's still on my bucket list for sure!!

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    1. You should for sure get back to Spain!

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful Cathedral! I love that you were able to cross the river and experience both countries so easily as well - that's pretty cool!

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  4. Spain and Portugal are both countries I would dearly love to see. They are definitely on my travel bucket list. The cathedral is just gorgeous, such beautiful architecture!

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  5. Im jealous! Spain is definitely on my list of places to visit! All your photos are beautiful!

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  6. Oh wow, what a gorgeous area to explore! I love your photos.

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  7. Omg beautiful photos!!!! My dream is to visit Spain one day! Hopefully one day soon I make the trip!

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    1. Thank you. Spain is lovely. Hope you make it there.

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  8. Spain is such a beautiful country! I would love to go to Portugal one day it looks like an amazing time.

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    1. Both countries are great. We have spent more time in Spain though.

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  9. The views were breathtaking. The inside of the cathedral was beautiful. I never thought of cruising to Spain. That's a good option to consider.

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    1. We got to see a lot of Spain due to cruising.

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  10. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures from your trip. The Cathedral is beautiful and the places are all so stunning.

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  11. I loved our trip to Europe as well. I would love to go back to Spain and Portugal with my husband someday.

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  12. Stunningly beautiful! Spain is my dream summer destination too and discover nearby cities :)

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  13. I love how you can see Portugal across the divide. The fortresses are gorgeous and all that history and culture has got me swooning x x

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  14. Wow those places you went to are amazing and beyond words! Would definitely include that in places to visit in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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  15. What a fun spot that you can just hop from Spain to Portugal and back! And thw price of wine is one of the reasons I love Spain, now I can enjoy my nightly glass without breaking the bank!

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    1. Very good prices indeed! It was really cool looking out at the other country.

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