Cork grows on trees. As we drove though the Alentejo region of eastern Portugal, I was surprised to make this discovery. Cork trees lined the road.
In the nearby town of Evora, a huge variety of cork products are available for purchase ranging from bags and hats to postcards. This added to the mystery of the town where we stayed in a haunted palace and saw a chapel made of bones.
We had been living in a home exchange house in Palamós Spain when we took off for our road trip to Portugal. Once we returned, we wanted to know more, so we visited the nearby Spanish town of Palafrugall, famous for Museo del Corcho (simply translated from Catalan to mean “cork museum”). Interestingly, Spain and Portugal are home to over half of the worlds cork forests.