Monday, May 20, 2013
Sertã - PORTUGAL
Last week I've sent to myself a postcard from the nice village of Sertã - I'm a teacher there since 2009 - it's a small town, but filled with history and a important center in that region since roman times... the bridge in the postcard is the main town symbol, "Ponte Velha" (Old Bridge) sometimes called "Ponte Romana" (Roman Bridge) but the fact is, it wasn't build by the romans, but by the spanish during occupation in the late 16th century. With 64m, it has been cleaned and arranged recently. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
The village of Sertã is located in central Portugal, in the district of Castelo Branco, province of Beira Interior (formerly Beira Baixa) - it's integrated in a rural region, with prevalence to the production of wood (mostly pine tree) and some industry. It has small population centers scattered throughout its area, surrounded by an extensive forest. The physiography of the region with mountains has allowed the use of wind energy, in the last years.