Pousada of opulence and stunning sunrise
"First stay in one of Portugal's lovely pousadas"
Trying to jam in too much into a day again but having trouble dragging myself away from lovely Serra de Estrela and Linhares!! but trying to still get to Fatima for its big pilgrimage days I needed somewhere to stay and ended up in Ourem and just kept following the signs to the pousada - highly recommended in my guidebook!! - i guessed it might be the lit up castle that i could see easily high in the distance and yes it was.
Up the winding streets heading higher up the hill and on to cobbled stoned lanes that form a medieval walled village to the pousada.
And what a view as the sun came up!!!
"view over Ourem"
Time for a look around
Pre 15th century castle converted into a palace and then destroyed by Napoleon's mob and then since restored - very interesting architecture (for my new introduction to Portuguese castle architecture) - with panoramic views.