Bussaco Forest, Luso, Portugal

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Last year we had a chance to visit a friend in Portugal and they took us to the magical Bussaco Forest.
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The forest is a wooded area with a variety of trees and a hotel that once was a monastery in the 6th century.

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The wooded area was so beautiful and the lighting that day was ethereal!

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The hotel has beautiful gardens and ponds where swans were swimming.

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Marked paths meander through the forest for an enjoyable walk.

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The Cold Fountain is a mountain spring that falls down through over 144 steps. Simply breathtaking!

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Even better, that day, we just happen upon some unicorns and elves. No joke! (There happened to be a medieval theatre show that day and they were setting up! Coolest thing ever!) If you’re ever in central Portugal, don’t miss out on this fantastic piece of history and nature!

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