The name means grandpa village and according to the legend all dates back to the X century. Egas Moniz was one of the main nobles working with the first king of Portugal. One day he and his grandson fought together to conquer a land. The fight was hard and grandpa and grandson worked together in battle coming out virtually untouched. Grandpa happy with his grandson granted him the honor to continue with him in battle, authorized his grandson son and offered this land to him and the castle he would build.
The king, whose fiancée was his bastard daughter decided to build a church for the marriage and so the land became known as Avó, grandpa.
Other say the name came to the fact that to enter in the village you had to cross the river where there was no bridge. In that time it was said it was "a vau".
Today, the castle is a bit of a ruin but has nice views over the village, the centre is composed by a set of narrow streets, there are some beautiful churches and the town has a nice river beach.
The Village of the Ten is a place of a legend. It is said that during the Christian reconquest 10 women found a treasure in a cave in colcurinho mountain. It is said that treasure had more than just a material value. It is said those 10 women split the treasure amongst them passing from generation to generation without revealing it. Part of the treasure is said it is composed by Antonini (roman times) coins.
The village today has some nice churches and houses, some sheist houses and beautiful views over the hills.
Lost in the middle of the mountains is the sanctuary of our lady of prayers with a small fountain, park and a church. In the beginning of July there is the party and religious ceremonies dedicated to the saint.
Very good food, I ate an excellent duck with orange sauce and tasted at least the lamb with thyme and honey. Service is ok, the inside room seems nice but since the weather was nice stayed in the outdoor patio.
The restaurant is set within a hotel complex and is run by chef Frenkel de Greeuw.
Favorite Dish: The duck with orange sauce was delicious.