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    Pool

    by solopes Updated Jan 3, 2013
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    A simple and smart device in a river by the castle was used to make an artificial pool, in a natural environment, with a natural look.

    We found it open and empty, but got an idea how pleasant it may become in the hot summer days.

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    Arouce Castle

    by solopes Updated Jan 3, 2013
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    This small castle, with lots of history since the 11th century, was ruined by a legend that said there were treasures hidden on it.

    Declared a national monument in 1910, it as been object of several recuperation initiatives, becoming, today, an interesting visit, in forested and cool hills.

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    Arouce Castle

    by J_Antunes Written Oct 28, 2012
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    There are castles that somewhat seem strange. Castles are normally in high places where you can check the enemies from far and not hidden in valleys in the midst of vegetation, but Arouce is and seems somewhat hidden.
    Legend says that Arunce was the name of a king that lived in Conimbriga. When Conimbriga was attacked by Lausus prince he ran away with his daughter Peralta for his secret hideout in the hills, the castle of Arouce. It is said that Peralta and Lausus had a glimpse of each other and fall deeply in love. Lausus chased them down looking for his lover and the king to protect the princess closed her and all the possession in the castle and went to the north of Africa asking for reinforcements. The king never came back and no one knew where the princess was. It is said that the princess can still be found in the castle weeping. The name Lausus is said it was corrupted with time to the name of Lousã.
    No matter what the legend says the first reference to the castle reports to the X century so it is an old and important monument made mainly of sheist, not very big but in a good state of conservation.

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    Talasnal Village

    by J_Antunes Written Oct 27, 2012
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    A beautiful sheist village set in a mountain with glorious views over the mountains. There are some handicraft stores and houses converted to tourism as well as a small restaurant. To get there you have to pass throughout a dirt road.

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    Mountain Trekking

    by Svitata Written Nov 20, 2008
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    Lousa is really a very small town, you can probably travel by car from one end to the other in 5 minutes, but it is a quiet and peaceful town and for me, a good base to travel within the region. I only had time to explore the chapel and Lousa castle, Lousa seems like a good area for trekking as there are well establised paths and clear signages made for that purpose.

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    Talasnal - a pitoresque mountain village

    by heinz01 Written Feb 4, 2007
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    When you visit Arouce Castle and Nossa Senhora da Piedade and you have an hour or two to spare, go and visit the mountain village of Talasnal. It's not just the village which is a real beauty, the walk walk to go there, too, is spectacular. There is a nice trail which first for about 1km follows the left side of the river and then climbs up the hillside for another km until you reach the village.

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    Arouce Castle and Nossa Senhora da Piedade

    by heinz01 Updated Feb 3, 2007
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    About a half hour walk or a five minute drive to the southwest of Lousã, there is the Castle Arouce. The main feature of the castle is a big square tower. If you are lucky, the iron gates are open and you can visit the tower and walk onto the walls. From here, you have a beautiful sight to the the hermitage and the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade which is just behind the castle. Down at the river there ar places to rest and picknick, and there is even a pond in the river so that you can relax and take a swim.

    If you have bit more time to spend, use it to hike up to one of the hamlets built at the slopes of the surrounding hills. A good choice is to go to Talasnal

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    Alameda Carlos Reis

    by solopes Updated Jan 3, 2013
    Lousa - Portugal

    Inside town, we saw a park with some facilities and a small luna park, butour goal was the castle and didn't stop.

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    Piedade Chapel

    by solopes Updated Jan 3, 2013
    Lous�� - Portugal

    Located close to the castle, this small chapel is the result of a recuperation, done in the 19th century, of a very old ruin.

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    Central Ermida

    by J_Antunes Written Oct 29, 2012
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    Central Ermida is a nice area set in the valley between the castle and the sanctuary. The hydro electric plant creates a nice swimming pool. There is as well a Romanic bridge.

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    Nossa Senhora da Piedade Sanctuary

    by J_Antunes Written Oct 28, 2012
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    The beautiful sanctuary is composed by several chapels (the oldest from XV century) perched in a steep hill and narrow staircases, with view to the castle and beautiful mountains around.

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