Diversity, is the word to sumarize the best that Portugal may offer to tourists. The contrast between traditional architecture in this remote village and common use not far from it is awesome. Walls, roofs, streets everything displays the imagination used by men for centuries to adapt and to adopt the available resources. What a scene!
It's a precious gem, this tiny village preserved in the mountains. Classified national heritage, it i a remark of the tremendous conditions of life in that area, before the arrival of tourism.
It takes time (and risks) to arrive there, but it surely deserves the trip.
Winding narrow roads in a dramatic landscape, travelling to and from Piódão is a deep immersion in the wild Portugal. Small villages in a demanding isolation, dotting the superb views of the unspoilt landscape. What a day!
Visiting Piódão demands walking along its narrow and steep streets, here and there with steps, watching the schist constructions. One of the interesting details is a fountain called "Fonte dos Algares".
Piódão is really different from any other portuguese village and that's the interesting thing about it.
However it's not easy to get there. The road that goes from Arganil to Piódão is very dangerous.
Piódão has one restaurant and a small tourist complex called "Casas da Aldeia", for reservations the Tourist Service should be contacted
These ancient population centers, dating back before the establishment of the Portuguese nation, are characteristic of the Beiras region, in central Portugal. Many are located on higher ground because they were originally built to defend populations in an age before the Roman invasion.
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.
The pleasure felt by leisure walks has made way in discovering places in our memories far gone, paths that connected the villages and its people. Many of these paths today submerged in dense vegetation. The open circulation of these pedestrian paths were only made possible by the precious help of local people.
By following some of these paths we plunge into the quotidian past of these people.
The scenary is perfect! Visiting farms, catching site of cultivated lands, the strong breeze, and the natural smells, leaves us foreseeing the hard validity of days far gone. The conquering of land on the slope, is a good example, of a staircase of giants on an endless course...
Very beautiful church! Piodão 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 Piodao see its urbanization ensemble safeguarded.
There are two parts in the village - the recovered (and touristy) area, and the other, in the facing hill, with and abandoned look. Sad, but also wonderful.
Built in the 17th century (paid by the population, who sent a good amount of gold coins to the bishop) the ruined facade was reconstructed in the end of the 19th in neo-classical style.
The way in which the houses are laid out on the hill is quite remarkable. Centenarian chestnut trees are used for door vaults and windows, most of them painted in blue
Piodao is the oldest inhabited village in Portugal and part of the county of Arganil. The trip that brings you there is every bit as interesting as the hamlet itself.