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Piodão, Aldeia do Xisto

Beautifully built upon the ledges which climb Serra do Açor, the village of Piódão is harmoniously craved into the nature that surrounds it and of which it seems to be a part.Its schist houses with slate roofs, which blend with the irregular pavement of the streets and with the colours of the mountain, are connected by stairs which overcome the unevenness of the ground.

In the early middle ages, the urban centre was at Casal de Piodam, in a valley located near the current village, but this settlement had to be moved because a Cistercian abbey, of which nothing remains, was built on that spot. Taken away from their land, the inhabitants settled in the southern slope of the mountain, probably around the 15th century. It was there that, over time, ledge by ledge, they built this incredibly beautiful mountain village.

The isolation to which difficult access routes have condemned Piódão throughout many centuries, has resulted in the medieval feeling of its streets, so you should take a walk through its steep streets, climb stairs and slopes while visiting the schist houses which are sometimes interrupted by a white church. When you go back, you should take a typical souvenir of this village: chestnut liqueur, honey spirits or a schist miniature of one of Piódão’s typical houses.

source: www.centerofportugal.com/piodao
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34 comments

Boro said:

J'aime ***
5 months ago ( translate )

Xata replied to Boro:

Obrigada Thierry
3 months ago ( translate )

k.e.s_kloset said:

A fantastic image of this mysterious place. (A perfect location for a good story.)
3 months ago

Xata replied to k.e.s_kloset:

Obrigada Karen, old places, old stories
3 months ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Amazing these bl;ue colours surrounded by the dark grey houses.
3 months ago

Xata replied to Jaap van 't Veen:

Enhanced by rain... obrigada Jaap
3 months ago ( translate )

Eric Desjours said:

I do like the contrast between that bright blue and the pavement and the schist houses.
Captivating description of these specificities and a very nice capture.
3 months ago

Xata replied to Eric Desjours:

As I told in another pic of this series the fact that rain only stopped for 20 minutes and the schists were wet enhanced the colour contrasts. Obrigada Eric
3 months ago

Sami Serola said:

Somehow almost surreal.
3 months ago ( translate )

Xata replied to Sami Serola:

Very different from Northern Countries indeed... we all have our exotisms... Obrigada Sami
3 months ago

Guido Werner said:

What an interesting place with all these blue doors along the street.
3 months ago

Xata replied to Guido Werner:

Obrigada Guido
3 months ago ( translate )

Boro said:

Superbe *************
3 months ago ( translate )

Xata replied to Boro:

Obrigada Thierry
3 months ago ( translate )

Proxar said:

Beautiful capture
3 months ago ( translate )