Deep, deep countryside of Portugal. Due to the existing roads and geographic reality, people need at least 2:30h to get to the district’s capital (Portugal is divided in 18 districts), Coimbra.
Caracol is a very small village at the entry of Góis, a small town which is municipality capital. Jammed between the Lousã mountain system with a very dense valley system that allows some roads to connect the municipality to the rest of the world, this is a part of Portugal that got forgoten in time despite of some efforts to bring back people and some industry to the region in the last decade. Still, this forgoten part of the country still has the infrastructures built during the time of the dictature as the main and nearly only existant in the region.
What makes this photo so special? Actually it is a nice joke for those who speak portuguese. The name “Caracol” is not only the name for this village, but as well the same word for “Snail”. The kind of perfect name to describe how is life over there… Besides, someone took care of drawing a snail on the village sign… Quite toughtful! :)
caracol – Góis – Portugal