GPS ELVAS 38.8787 -7.17298

On arrival we parked in the shade of the giant Aqueduct and I mean it’s bloody gynormous. After the heat of the day started to dissipate we went for a stroll into the historical centre which is a fortified town and was strategically important . Used by Spain, Portugal and the Brits as a base. Either to beat up Spaniards or all together to beat up The French.

Inside it’s all fairly dull but with a nice Cathedral, Castle and lots of fortified walls . The English cemetery was a cool quiet space and on the walk back through the town square a beer was very welcome. The town has extra fortifications (2 Star forts on two nearby hills ) these where built when it was realised that the new generation of big guns could hit the town from here so where built for strategic protection.

As the town grew the water resources where not adequate so the impressive aqueduct was built approx 7 km long from some springs it must be at least 30m high as it dog legs to the cistern built inside the city walls enough for about 4 months if a siege was to destroy the aqueduct.


We had a cool and fairly quiet night other Motorhome’s parked in the full heat of the sun to use there satellite TVs.

The Cook said she wasn’t keen on this Elvas.. It was a look at the Aqueduct and leave sort of place !

The next day we went to shop at Lidl but they haven’t finished building it yet so went to Intermarch where you can service your van free and park for up to 48 hours . I think it will suffer badly when Lidl is finished as the selection of goods was not brilliant.The Cook bought chicken and as she has all the ingredients for a curry that’s on the agenda for supper


Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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