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in Figueira da Foz
is Mondego Bay, the landing place of the Duke of Wellington's British
army in 1808. Close to the disembarkation area is Santa Catarina,
a small stone fort seized from the French by Portuguese students,
still exists in Figueira da Foz.
km (86 miles) south of Oporto. 1 hour 48 minutes drive.
small picturesque town that was the scene of the first skirmish
between British and French forces in the Iberian Peninsula. A castle
dominates the area.
216 km (135 miles) south of Oporto. 2 hour 10 minute drive.
first major battle of the Duke of Wellington's career in Portugal
occurred at Rolica where the village has pretty much kept its old
terrain is unchanged and following the battle on foot is not difficult.
is a large tile map of the battle and a monument to Colonel Lake
of the 29th Regiment.
km (145 miles) south of Oporto. 2 hour 20 minute drive.
large battlefield, the site of Vimeiro has been developed, however
key places remain little changed.
is a monument on Vimiero Hill that offers terrific views across
the area of the struggle that ended the French occupation of Portugal.
km (160 miles) south of Oporto. 2 hours 45 minute drive.
battle fought on rugged terrain just north of Coimbra, Bussaco is
an easy visit for those interested in one of the most one-sided
clashes of the Peninsular War.
signs of a battle having been fought there still exist and there
is a museum and the structure that acted as Massena's headquarters
kilometres (65 miles) south of Oporto. 1 hour 20 minute drive.
the fact that the city has grown considerably, the battlefield remains
largely unchanged from the times of the momentous British victory
over the French and the army's subsequent evacuation.
village of Elvina, scene of long and hard fighting, has probably
not changed at all.
283 km (177 miles) north of Oporto. 3 hour 26 minutes drive.
of the Duke of Wellington's most stunning military victories as
the British army crossed the Douro River under the noses of large
French forces and captured the important city.
km (195 miles) north of Lisbon. 3 hours 17 minute drive.