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!more
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 contactedmore
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.more
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...more
We were received in central square by some vendors offering local products. We noticed that they were no more than "extensions" of the few touristy shops around the place. Chestnut liquor convinced all of us, but the quick visit to the shops didn't add much.
At least in cold days, liquors are the real selling product.
Tourism dominates Piódão, now, and thogether with the "local crafts" made in China as usual everywhere, it is possible to find some real local products. Liquors are one of them, and in the freezzing weather visitors are received with an opportune invitation to taste.
Maybe the weather helped a lot, but soem were really delicious, with the Chestnut liquor on top.
Everybody bought, of course...
The narrow streets of the village are steep and irregular, some of them impossible to use. If you're not prepared with convenient shoes don't go too far.
As a matter of fact you don't need to do it, to catch all the beauty of the place.
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,...more
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...more