Favorite thing: Coming as Zohara and I do from the southern desert of Israel, when we see fresh water it is a wonder. So even when we travel and visit countries that have water in abundance, for us it remains something unusual. That is why we often stop by the roadside when we find small rivers, springs or other source of water nearby. Here in the Mucra-Mos area it was no different. Just driving by we saw this small watercourse running and just had to stop and enjoy its cool and refreshing look.
Murca, along with Mos is one of the small villages in the circut we did which began in Vila Nova de Foz Coa where we were staying at the youth hostel. The signs are sometimes not very large, nor the directions very clear, but it is a beautiful area to drive in and Zohara and I often take the smallest roads we can find, it is very relaxing after a day of touristing.
You can see in the second photo, one of the small villages, clinging to the mountainside rather than taking up prime agricultural land in the tiny valleys.
The third photo shows what the general area looks like in plants, not many trees, but plenty of scrub brush and underbrush.
The fourth photo shows Murca from the road.
And the last photo shows a denuded area, an entire side of a mountain, well big hill anyway, with tracks swinging back and forth from top to bottom.
We asked why all the vegetation had been removed and were told this is a new planting for olive orchards.