Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Dizzying Paiva Walkways in Portugal

An incredible 8-KM walkway along the bank of Paiva River in arouca, Portugal stretches across the sprawling natural terrain.  The wooden walkways that cling to the mountain side a winding staircase that leads to the top of a huge hill, providing a stunning 360° panoramic view of the terrain, and an extremely narrow wooden bridge that spans across the river surrounded by soaring cliffs, sweeping views of waterfalls, quartz crystal deposits, exotic fauna and flora and abundant natural vegetation. The ‘Paiva Walkways‘was opened in July 2015, and route begins from the river beach Areinho and finish at another beach Espiunca. Last year in September, the devastating wildfire damaged over 600 meters of wooden walkways, but authorities has done restoration work quite briskly and reopened for public.
The Paive Walkways completed by Arouca Municipality and engineering company trimetrica. The Paiva walkways ismore than merely a simple walk in nature, this unique experience is an infrastructure that interferes as little as possible with the surrounding environment and continues along the topography, with rest stops and strategic panoramic points positioned to admire the view. Hikers are bestowed with stunning natural views to capture the route dizzying directions, documenting different parts of the path and its relationship to the marvelous landscape. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Real-life Flintstones House

The incredible holiday home is carved between four granite boulders and comes with a swimming pool and bulletproof windows but there's no electricity. It looks primitive but the stone house is well-equipped with a fireplace and a pool carved out of one of the rocks could have been a yabba dabba do time.

The real life Flintstones house also known as Casa do Penedo, or House of Stone.  This strange dwelling was built in northern Portugal’s Fafe Mountains perched at an elevation of nearly 2,600ft. This house has been converting into tourist magnet after being transformed into a museum though earlier this was a holiday home by a family. Now this stone of house has earned a reputation as a real-life “Flintstones house”. However, it is ot precise, why the original owners required bulletproof doors and windows. Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira Mateus, 34, recently returned to the 16.5-ft tall house to capture its unusual character.

The house was built in 1972 from four large boulders that serve as the foundation, walls and ceiling of the house. Due to its uncommon design and integration into the surrounding nature, the building has become a growing tourist attraction being really impressed by the house architecture and the magnificent view around it.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Ponte Vasco da Gama Bridge! One of Longest Bridge in Europe

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and range views that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon, capital of Portugal.  The magnificent bridge is 17km long though 10km of which pass over water, making it the longest bridge in Europe when it was opened in 1998 and still today one of the longest in the world.

Vasco da Gama has the same length as the road-rail tunnel-bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. The bridge vastness enforced engineers to factor in the curvature of the earth during its construction. That makes it a wonderful feat of engineering, made up of numerous sections supported by pillars, built at a cost of one billion US dollars.  Ponte Vasco da Gama bridge was well inaugurated on March 31, 1998 after 18 months of day/night work construction, and just in time to carry visitors from southern Portugal, Spain, and other parts of Europe to Expo98.

The Vasco da Gama is surely not as charismatic as the Lisbon’s other bridge the golden arched Ponte 25 de Abril but its sheer size and ability just to stretch out into the horizon is an engineering marvel. Lisbon has always been plagued with heavy traffic issues and during the mid-90’s traveling south out of Lisbon had become insupportable with the six lanes Ponte 25 de Abril simply unable to handle the volumes of commuters. Suggestions for a new bridge had been bounced around for decades but the distance to traverse, poor foundations and possibility of seismic activity had always pushed the construction costs beyond that of which the government could have the funds for.

The opening of the bridge coincided with the opening of Expo 98 as floods of Spanish and European tourists traveled to Lisbon from the east of the city. The value presently set for enlargement is when the average number of cars exceeds 52,000 per day and it is expected with the next 6 years. The bridge has a life expectancy more than 120 years, having been designed to withstand wind speeds of 250 km/h and hold up to an earthquake 4.5 times stronger than the historical 1755 Lisbon earthquake estimated at 8.7 on the Richter scale.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Regaleira Historic Palace of Sintra Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra". Along with other palaces in this area (such as the Pena, Monserrate and Seteais palaces), it is one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra. It consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions.