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Talasnal: abandoned Portuguese village

As we say here at Matouring, the world is your oyster. You don’t have to be rich to travel the world, just smart. And, sure, seeing the Taj Mahal is spectacular (take it from us, it is) but the world is full of surprises (big and small) that should keep you busy until you shake off that mortal coil. And many of these are free, So what are you waiting for? How about having an entire villages to explore, and likely you’ll be the star of the show? Let us present Talasnal, Portugal.

Google describes it as a secluded area in the Serra da Lousã Mountains is centred on a quaint village that dates from the 17th century. Modest guesthouses mingle with stone cottages along the narrow pedestrian lanes. A handful of rustic restaurants and bars offer traditional regional dishes. Woodland trails through dense pine forest draw hiking and biking enthusiasts.

But what Google doesn’t mention is that parts of the village are abandoned and free to explore (as long as you’re sensitive to the fact that people still live there.) Take a walk with your guide, Bernardo Bacalhau.

You’ll need a car to visit Talasnal. AutoEurope is your best choice. Click here to book.

History and relaxation. The perfect holiday. Click here to stay at the relaxing Casa do Alambique.

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