FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

for Program in Travanca do Monte

 

AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Breakfast    7:30 - 9:00

Pantry items for light lunches, snacks: wine, coffee and tea

Dinner is not included; local restaurants are easily reached by taxi.

Rooms with private bath

Rooms cleaned bi-weekly

Pick up and drop off at Amarante bus station.

Wifi

 

ARE ANY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?

Returning artists get a 10% discount, if taking a single room.

Any two people sharing a room – each person gets a 10% discount.

 

IS INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE?

Yes – instruction in either drawing or photography is available for

 an additional fee of $200.

Basic drawing supplies included

Macbook  available for viewing digital images.

WHAT IS THE TERRAIN LIKE?

Travanca do Monte is a rugged, hilly farming hamlet. WALKING IS RIGOROUS. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU BRING STURDY SHOES.  The hamlet itself has stone paths  and ancient roads. Walking is challenging in Travanca and the region.

Main roads are narrow and winding.

 

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER SHOULD I EXPECT?

The weather can be quite variable:  Layers work best. Bring your bathing suit. There is a small pool to cool off in.

A warm sweater, light down or rain jacket is also recommended.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM GET TO LOCATIONS?:

We will be using local taxis.  3 Program trips are included in the Fee.
 

DO I NEED A CAR?

For independent side trips and convenient personal travel during the workshop a rental car is advisable.

 

A Euro-car rental agency is in Amarante, about 20 minutes from Travanca, and of course many car rental opportunities are at both airports. Travanca do Monte is about 4 hours by car from the airport in Lisbon, and 45 minutes from the airport in Porto.

There is one very small general store that is open irregularly in the hamlet of Travanca do Monte.

Amarante, (about 15 -20 minutes by car) provides comprehensive shopping and services. It is a lovely, historic city, with nice shops, cafes, restaurants, etc.

Taxi hire is available for independent travel into Amarante (approx. €20 each way) or for regional travel.

HOW DO I GET TO TRAVANCA DO MONTE?

Air Travel:

The nearest major airport is Porto (OPO).

 

Travelling from the NY area:

United Airlines, TAP and Lufthansa fly nonstop from Newark (EWR) to Lisbon (LIS)

TAP has a nonstop to Porto (OPO) - generally once a week.

TAP also offers several connecting flights from Lisbon to Porto.

TAP and DELTA fly non-stop from (JFK)  to (LIS)

There are many one-stop options that provide a lower airfare.

 

Train and Bus:

From Lisbon: Bus and Train both leave from Oriente Station

Train to Porto – Campanha Station- takes about 2.5 -3 hours. http://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/

Bus to Amarante – takes about 4 – 4.5 hours.  http://www.rodonorte.pt

Pick up and return to Amarante is provided.  Pick up and return to Porto can be arranged through a reliable local taxi.  Approximate cost of the taxi to/from the Porto airport or train station is € 75 each way

 

WHERE IS TRAVANCA DO MONTE?

It is In the north of Portugal, in the Douro River Valley region, about 70 km east of Porto.

The distance to Amarante is about 25km

 

ARE THERE ANY SHOPS NEARBY?

There is one very small general store that is open irregularly in the hamlet of Travanca do Monte.

Amarante, (about 15 -20 minutes by car) provides comprehensive shopping and services. It is a lovely, historic city, with nice shops, cafes, restaurants, etc.

 

            Testimonials

 

"I looked at my hundreds of photos, short films and then my sketches and paintings when I arrved home.  They stirred up so much emotion.  Made me instantly want to go back!  Perhaps that is your secret weapon, in choosing Travanca do Monte, a most special place for a workshop.

What I loved:

The school house; Dale’s art history lesson - It was helpful for me to really dig more into composition issues;  Karen’s cultural, anthropological, personal portraits, animal encounters and, and, and, were all enriching and a special treat as a slide show; the crits  - were constructive and inspiring, full of personal empathy."

                                        - Diane Sorg  2015, 2017

 

"The sky surrounds you, the hills call you. Dale inspires, instructs, and is tireless for you. Karen's photos reveal her inimitable view of this most beautiful and incomparable landscape. Our hosts feed and share their food and their history in their family's 15 th century villa with you. Enough? There's so much more... Dale won't let you leave without a work that is yours and yours alone. Yeah, it was pretty good! Thank you both

                                       - Gail Kinn   2015, 2016

 

"What a wonderful week I had participating in the photo workshop at Casa da Levada!  From the moment I arrived at this mountaintop aerie, I was embraced by its solicitous hosts, Luis and Maria, whose main goal was to ensure that their guests appreciate and enjoy to the utmost their beautiful home and the hamlet it’s nestled in. As a novice photographer I delighted in the guidance offered by Karen Bell as we availed ourselves of the infinite amount of photo ops either in the immediate environs of the posada (amazing vistas every which way you looked) or in the surrounding countryside that we explored on our side trips, which Dale had mapped out with an eye to their aesthetic value. Most of all, the experience of being part of an artistic community in a place that offered both sensory excitement and, at the same time a feeling of serenity, was one that has left its imprint on me."

                                 - Deborah Kane Millan  2014

 

 

"An artistic aerie, with marvelous views, rivers, mountains, fields.  Isolated but with amenities includeing restaurants, bars and an art supply store.  Costs are the most reasonable in all of western Europe.   I enjoyed every second I was there."

                                    - Arthur Levine  2013

 

 

"Casa de Levada is a magical place out of time.  Maria and Luis, the hosts, are everything one would ask for in terms of welcoming, providing comfort and delicious food, as well as helping with every little need that may arise.

The site is magnificent and inspiring.  I loved everything about being there, painting the landscape and meeting local folks in an environment unchanged for centuries; a unique European adventure.  Dale’s guidance was the cherry on top."

                                      - Petey Brown  2013

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