Thursday Doors – Caminha in Northern Portugal

Caminha 06

In July 2008 we were visiting Galicia in Northern Spain and one day took a car ride south and crossed into Portugal and the Province of Minho named after the river that marks the border with Spain.

After a short while we came to Caminha, which is an ancient fortress town overlooking the river and is rich in historical and architectural importance. It didn’t look too promising down on the river but a short walk to the centre revealed a most appealing town with manorial houses and medieval defensive walls, a Gothic church, and a very attractive main square with cafés and a fifteenth century clock tower.

Especially interesting were the houses with colourful tiled walls in bright blues, greens and yellows.  There was one of those old fashioned hardware stores that you rarely see in Europe anymore and all of the houses had first floor doors that led out to rusting metal balconies that overlooked the sunny streets.

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For some reason which I can’t explain I bought a Tea Towel souvenir in the shop there…

Portugal Tea Towel

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Norm’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

29 responses to “Thursday Doors – Caminha in Northern Portugal

  1. I love the doors especially when they tell a story – like for instance, Had you been in the cantina for a while when you took the first one or was it built on the side of a hill?

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  2. Will you count a French window as a door? Some of the balcony ones are coning very close.

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  3. Nice selection!

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  4. You can always be relied upon to find a good door or six, Andrew

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  5. Still got the teatowel, Andrew? 🙂 🙂

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  6. Lovely doors and that tea towel is a great remembrance of a wonderful adventure.

    Regards, Teresa
    https://mywanderings.travel.blog/

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  7. I’m going to have to look through photos of Portugal to see if I took any door photos. As for the tea towel, I bought one as well. The colors and the rooster are so Portugal.

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  8. Have to say I do love the tea towel. You’ve captured lots of great balconies and, in what seems typical Portuguese fashion, lovely tile. I particularly like the balcony on the far right of the top row, the one with the flowers and the curve ironwork.

    janet

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  9. Lovely selection of doors but it’s always the tiles that are the first thing to catch my eye. I guess the eye is drawn to what looks most unusual, and certainly outdoor tiled walls are something we NEVER see around here.

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