We spent sometime visiting the bees of Mr Jorge, a semi professional beekeeper based near Barcelos. He had 200 colonies
in a number of apiaries.
Mr Jorge keeps the local dark bee , apis mellifera iberica, in most hives which seemed fairly placid and productive.
The huge piles of supers on Mr Jorge’s hive were a testament to that.
On a visit over the border into Spain we visited Mieles Outeda (www.milesouteda.com) huge commercial operation with 5000 hives
employing over 40 people. Producing honey and a huge range of hive products this was a major organisation.
On the same trip we also went to the bee museum O Enredo do Abelliero near to Azura