Favorite thing: Christmas tree is not a Portuguese tradition - we just copied it from Europe. The real Portuguese tradition was the construction, at home, with moss, stones, cork and figures in clay, of a Christmas scene called "Presépio".
Well, "presépio" is the word that comes to Portuguese minds whenever we have the first sight of Piódão. Wonderful view, wonderful scenery, reality overcoming imagination.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: The journey presented connects the village of Piodao to two places of parish, these are Foz de agua and Chas de Egua.
It is a route with a slope not too accentuated, with one or two exceptions.
Some of the abandoned houses that cross our path are testimony of the pasturing activities which were often caprine or ovine. In the clearing you can catch sight of the beehives, testimony of the bee-keeping activity, still with some countenance in the region.
Favorite thing: Its fancy to enliven fully this landscape, but for every walker that passes by, also passes trough the history of these people that settled in these hills, and today unfortunately, see their lands and their homes lived in only by memories.
Favorite thing: No one knows for certain the reason why the windows and doors are painted blue. This is one of the mysteries still to solve, but the most recognized explanation is the isolation of the village and the arrival of a pail of blue paint.
Having no choice, the blue was imposed upon and is actually an integrant part of the architectonic ensemble for the village of Piodao.
Favorite thing: The village has an outline, typical of a mountain settlement. The dominant houses ascend up the slope, sheltered from the winds. Construction materials, were those offered by the hills; schist and wood. The walls have two layers, one exterior with bigger stones and one interior with smaller stones. The slate-roofs, take form of saddle roofs or four side roofs.
Favorite thing: Piodao is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages of Portugal. It is classified as a Public Interest Monument, set forth in 1978, therefore benefiting of some protection. But only after its integration in the project of Historical Villages of Portugal, did Piod?o see its urbanization ensemble safeguarded.