Photographer's Note

Valena do Minho is a historical village the North of Portugal, located right in the border with Spain, separated only by the lovely Minho river, and surrounded by defensive walls in the top of a hill, showing its ancient defensive facet.

Valena was of extreme significance during the Middle Age, up the hill with a privileged view over the border line, several times beleaguered by the neighbour Spain. Valena was also passage for the pilgrimage to the Way of St. James.

The village is dominated by the impressive fortress with two towers and double walls, from the 17th and 18th centuries, built according to the French engineer and architect Vauban. On the fortress functions nowadays a luxury hotel ( Pousada So Teotnio) that provides delightful panoramas.

Nikon D90
2010/04/05 12:03:08
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 38mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: On
High ISO NR: Off

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