Opened to tourism, the few people that seems to keep on living in place is aged people, with the sympathy and simplicity of rural gents.
That's maybe, the best in the fading Portuguese inland. There's no artificiality in those manners!
Just take a look to my photo; isn’t it nice too seeing all the red roofs from the walls?
Yes, the contrast between the stone and the red is so beautiful. In many regions of Portugal houses have red roofs and this ancient village as well.
So I can say that this village is very photogenic, I think that in just a small period I took lots of pics.
You must be wondering why I have a cat on the local costumes here.
Well, because I just love cats I wanted to take a pic to a local cat LOL
It was enjoying the sun and the hot stones of the wall because it was very cold, it had snow on the highest points. Take a look to my Serra da Estrela page to see what i mean with cold.
On the main square there is a building that used to house the Local Council and also the jail (close to pelourinho). Nowadays, it doesn’t work anymore that way, and the mentioned granite building houses the local school for small children. Adjacent to the school there are some public toilets, …. They have 3 doors: one is for women (reads WC Senhoras), the other is for men (reads WC Homens) and the third door is meant for the school’s children (reads WC Escola). So please be careful when using this “infrastructure” as signs are only written in Portuguese.
When visiting the main square, by the pelourinho and the castle, pay attention to a few elderly ladies sitting there. They are manufacturing some straw (or other natural material I don’t know name) objects such as small pots and small baskets. And they sell them to passers-by. I guess they do it as a means to get some extra money and also to keep tradition alive. Also, you may find other ladies doing same arstcraft on the street that connects the square to the main entrance door.
Sortelha is a lovely village. As I mentioned before, houses are situated inside the castle's walls and they are built in stone, still keeping its original trace - the stone shows (that is, they are not painted) and window frames and doors are made of wood. Houses are small and most of them are only one floor high; some of them have two floors and it shows by the architecture and garden around the house that they hosted or belonged to some more prominent member of village.
While i was walking through the narrows streets i was admiring some details and the old Lamps got my attention.
All the rehabilitated houses have that kind of illumination to the street. So nice !