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  • Manor House in the centre of town
    Manor House in the centre of town
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  • Manor House in the centre of town
    Manor House in the centre of town
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    Church of Cambra
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Vouzela Things to Do

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    by J_Antunes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vouzela has probably one of the most amazing and organized groups of walking trails in Portugal. All the information is in the internet but unfortunately only in portuguese. There are amazing belvederes, beautiful nature, lots of pre historical monuments, churches, rural landscapes, flora, fauna, etc, etc... There are 8 available paths all of them have good indications.

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    by J_Antunes Written Mar 14, 2009

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    Vilarinho is a small town with an old tower that protected this area. All the area is full of this sort of towers such as the one in Cambra or Alcofra. This tower is the most destroyed of the three. A signaling system with fire would protect the region with each tower communicating with the next in case of danger.

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    by J_Antunes Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    You thought there were no werewolfs, well maybe there were. At least that is what the legend of Cambra says.
    Em tempos que já lá vão* In times that are long gone
    Havia um bicho feroz * There was a fierce beast
    Que era o terror de então * That was the terror back then
    Em noites de lua cheia * In nights of full moon
    No meio de uma encruzilhada. * In the middle of a crossroad
    Esse bicho era um homem * That beast was a man
    Que ali se rebolava * That in there revolve
    E por arte diabólica * And for diabolical art
    Em bicho se transformava. * In beast he transformed itself.
    Meio bicho, meio homem * Half beast, half man
    Nas noites de certos dias * In the nights of certain days
    Ao bater da meia noite * at the beating of midnight
    Tinha de ir dar a volta, * He had to stroll around
    Correr sete freguesias. * To run 7 districts
    Quando exausto, já cansado * When exhausted, already tired
    Vinha pela madrugada * He came by the dawn
    Ia para a sua cova * He came to his cave
    Era aí que descansava. * And it was there that he rested.
    Lá ficava escondido * He kept there hidden
    À espera do sol nascer * Waiting for the sun to rise
    Até que passasse o fado * Until the fate had passed
    E homem voltasse a ser. * And a man he became again.
    (Tale by Lurdes Castelo)

    The legend says that in the families of the region the 7th born son had to be called Custódia or Benta if it was a girl or Bento or Custódio is it was a boy. If not their destiny was clear to become a werewolf and to wonder in the streets trying to find victims to drag to his cave.

    The studies say the small cave has some paleolitical remains. Part of the cave was artificially dig in a room where a man can barely stand. Some say it was an old gold mine of the romans, others a tunnel from where people of the nearby tower could escape. Today a highway passes next to it and the place is a bit noisy. Not even the werewolfs can rest in peace.

    But Cambra has much more things to see. First the tower a medieval place next to the river. Today the place has a well kept garden with grass where you can lay down, rest and take a bath in a crystal clear river. The tower was part of the local survaillence system and there are many others close by.

    In the centre of town an old manor house and a beautiful church, the main church together with the granite streets give to the place a charming look.

    There is also an amazing restaurant called Retiro do lavrador with excellent entrances (such as fried bread) and great food such as the bits of of baby cow, Vouzela Codfish, grilled octopus with garlic, codfish tongues, Lafões Vitela (cow meat). Phone 232778111.

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Vouzela Restaurants

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    by J_Antunes Written Nov 1, 2008

    I had a previous post on cockroaches in a restaurant. Well, here, don't worry you'll be safe. The spiders are all fake plastic things with glowing eyes. Although there are cages that seemed that once had tarantulas. Strange place this one, but funny at the same time. Ah and food is good if you're not spooked by the bugs.

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    by J_Antunes Written Dec 25, 2006

    Terrible. It was an warm August night and everything was pretty much closed since everyone was on holidays (including myself).
    So I went with my family to this place that was completely crowded. And guess what? It was infested by cockroaches... I had never seen such a thing. In one word: disgusting. It was some years ago, probably the management has changed, probably they have worked things out but I'll never enter there again!

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