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Day 6 onboard AmaVida

Day 6

We set sail from Vega de Terron for our next port of call – Betitos at 645am. We had a whole day of scenic sailing ahead of us. We enjoyed another great breakfast and decided to go up to the main lounge to take in the scenery. We had our disembarkation briefing at 11 am where the Cruise Manager told us about the plans and details of checking out as well as transfers. A board was put in the main reception area with cabins numbers and all guests onward details to find out what time we would be transferred for our ongoing travel plans. We will be picked up at 11:30 on the 23rd April for our flight back to Gatwick which is due to leave at 14:35.

After the briefing we decided to have some time up on deck to enjoy the landscape of the upper Douro. The weather was perfect – 23 degrees, through the whole week we have been so lucky with the weather, not one drop of rain so far! There were many of the guests who had the same idea as us and enjoyed the sunshine as we made our way along the Douro. Our journey took us through 4 locks of Pochinho, Valeria, Bagauste and Carrapatelo. On the Douro you are only allowed to pass through the locks during the daytime, this is the reason the ship does not sail in the evening.

Before we knew it, lunch was being served and we indulged ourselves with pumpkin soup, spaghetti bolognese and then a traditional option of a minced beef, beetroot and onion pattie served with salad and potatoes. We chose the ice-cream for dessert and there were even more flavours, tangerine, cream and lemon.

During the afternoon one of the chefs came to the main lounge to do a cooking demonstration on Pataniscas de Bacalhau, this is a like a mini fish cake made with cod. This was great fun and was so easy to make, we have attached the recipe for you to try at home! Following the demonstration we then had a Portuguese lesson, learning the basics and differences between the Spanish and Portuguese languages.

We arrived at Bitetos and were going for dinner at Alpendurada Monastery. This is set only 15 minutes from the ship by coach. Upon arrival we were greeted by staff from the Monastery and then by the restaurant team from the ship and given a slight sparkling wine and guided out to the terrace which had the most breathtaking views along the Douro and grounds. The sun had just set behind the green hills and we were welcomed to dinner. It was a traditional rustic meal of vegetable soup, followed by roasted pork and potatoes and finished with crème brulee. The wine was again perfectly matched to the meal. We were lucky enough to have a walk around the Monastery where there are lots of grand furniture and chandeliers. There are documents that date from the 13th century though it is said that the foundations are almost a thousand years old. Today, it is a hotel and restaurant.

After a fantastic evening we went back to the ship by coach and decided to call it a night ready for our tour in Porto tomorrow.

 To be continued……………….Day6.. Day6



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