Piódão: The village


Imagine a village where almost all houses and buildings were erected in beautiful shale butchers, a stone which, oddly enough, keep a kinship with oil.

Not only this peculiarity, but Piódão is also located in a beautiful valley, sheltered from strong winds that punish the top of the Portuguese mountains. On the slopes of these mountains, beautiful dark stone houses seem to pile up, literally. The combination of the climate field, quiet and peaceful, with the dark colors of the walls and bluish contrasts guides and stops doors and windows create a unique atmosphere. It’s like being in a movie.

Piodão seems to have come straight out of the television series “The Flintstones” Local crafts – Canon Largo Manuel Fernandes Nogueira There are few The views are amazing and come to the village, it is like finding a lost stone oasis amid the solitude and bucolic atmosphere of altitude. Do not expect the frivolities of tourist hot spots, but we guarantee you: the simple people who inhabit the Piódão is also very receptive.

Where to stay in Piodão

The region offers some accommodation with excellent value for money. In the list of the best hotels are InXistos Lodges, Inatel Piodão, Low House – Petit Hotel and the Quinta das Covas.


The effusive work of the natives of the region in different shale and ornamental stones, not just in houses – sidewalks, walls, crucifixes, small chapels … all created in shale, with rustic techniques and use of ancient instruments.

As might be expected, the highlight of the village is due to its beautiful Church – unlike the bright village remaining brownish, the Church of Our Lady of the Conception in Piódão shows an almost blinding white amid the pastel tones Serra do Açor. To match the rest of the village, blue stripes cut white face of the picturesque little church.

How to live in Piódão?

Curious, no? But there are people living there for generations. The local museum, or Museum Center of Piódão, shows step by step how the village developed.


Besides having details as is and was the lifestyle of the locals, including their work practices and building with shale butchers, beyond the roof’s slate, heavy and resistant to winds. In the museum and outside, visitors will also find some of the most popular culinary traditions of the region: a tasty potato bread.

The aromatic and fragrant honey from the Sierra Goshawk, the sharp and strong cheese produced in the region and also fazendinhas, as anywhere from inside, even in Brazil, local liqueurs and spirits.


Remember: you are on a mountain, separated from civilization for tens of kilometers. How about a little hiking and ecotourism? There is a beautiful walk in the local script, though not very long – walks up 3 to 3.5 kilometers in the route between Piódão and Foz d’Mare.

With small houses and stone bridges built, that look like straight out of a fairy tale true, the trail attracts almost all the tourists who pass through this picturesque village Portuguese.

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