Piódão Travel Guide

  • Piódão - Portugal
    Piódão - Portugal
    by solopes
  • Piódão - Portugal
    Piódão - Portugal
    by solopes
  • Piódão - Portugal
    Piódão - Portugal
    by solopes

Piódão Things to Do

  • The fountain

    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".

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  • The church

    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.

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  • Architecture

    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!

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  • Old houses

    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.

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  • Village

    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.

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  • Açor mountain

    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!

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  • The village

    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

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  • Dark schist

    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

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  • Piodao

    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.

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  • Architecture

    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.

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  • The ancient temple

    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.

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  • The roman bridge

    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...

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Piódão Restaurants

  • Single option

    We didn't eat there (we had plans to eat in Museu do Pão, in Seia), but noticed that this seems to be the only restaurant in Piódão, and, to be more precise, the hub of the touristy organization that keeps the village alive. It looks nice, but it was all that we could appreciate.

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  • Ancient recepies

    It was great having lunch here. The food was realy good. You have to experience northern Portuguese food, there's nothing like it. Also buy local honey and chestnuts!

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Piódão Shopping

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    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

    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.

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Piódão Local Customs

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    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

    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...

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Piódão Warnings and Dangers

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    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

    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.

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Piódão Off The Beaten Path

  • Foz d'Égua

    Close to Piódão, another typical village with less signs of recovering intervention shows its beauty. We had no time to descend, but we will, in our next visit to the area, with more free time

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  • Museum

    One of the houses in central square is identified as a museum. I think that the museum will display the local artifacts that complement the museologic ensemble composed by the village.We came from a village, and still remember those kind of crafts, so we didn't enter.

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  • Streams

    The barbarous vegetation is rich in majestic chestnut-trees, oak, pine, eucalyptus and some olive trees. Amongst the shrubs, heather, rosemary, yellow-flowered broom and furze, stand out. There is an abundance of water from streams that spring from the mountains.

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Piódão Sports & Outdoors

  • Wonderful paths

    Piódão is a wild area lost in the mountains, inviting to a close contact with nature. You don't need to go far - any short stroll around the village will provide a fabulous scenery.

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  • Discover the nature by foot

    Around Piodão, there are several trails to discover. Short trails begining and ending at Piodão are also available.In the middle of some trails you have the opportunity to have a bath on the clean waters of the river.Around Piodão there are also some 4x4 trails.

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  • Mountain Run - part II

    Both races are very technical, with difficult climb and descent. A good preparation is needed.On the other hand, if the running rythm is not very fast, it's the best way to admire Piódão and the region around...

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Piódão Favorites

  • The site

    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,...

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  • Hiking

    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...

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  • Landscapes

    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.

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