Estrela de Pedra
There aren’t just stone houses from the most
remotes ages… The strong and magnanimous Estrela de Pedra resists to
time and to those who stayed after the successive invasions.
Nowadays, near the walls, there are flowers and gardens. The houses
sleep behind the tall village walls, as if they were protected.
You can get there by a narrow and tight curves
road. At the arrival, you can see the medieval fortress, surrounded
by green hills and fertile valleys. When you get inside, you’ll
enter in an ancient world: the houses are made of stone with porches
from the poor people, houses that nowadays have another life.
It’s a village where you can enjoy the freshness
from Alardo’s water and Gardunha’s healthy air. In the ancient Paços
do Concelho fountain you can even refresh your soul.
This village has fought the royal wars, it has survived, and nowadays it struggles to keep its architectonic beauty, even in ruins. In the top of its walls it has a magnificent view that goes from Serra da Estrela till Spain. Its greatest charm is the people that welcome us. Every stonewall that divides the fields shows us security and a joyful sensation, because it’s everything in its rightful place. Everyone who visits this village fells like a Feudal Lord, even if it is for one day.
The faith War
Village or book? Idanha has stories about battles and warriors that have fought in them. Those who still live here try to make the village a wanted place to visit. Every house are original. The Sé and Ruinas are kept as delicate jewels, being the target of every care and protection needed.The Roman heritage, the bridge over the Ponsul river, and Torre de Menagem dos Templários are some of the attractive elements that Idanha has to offer.
Between heaven and earth
The village is beautiful, and every corner has
its story. Going along the village is like going through a book of
memories. However, it’s when it is seen from heaven that it has its
greatness. The aerial sightseeing show us the village outlines, the
surrounding fileds, the colours and the touching silence. Linhares
is a land of tradition that produces cheese, rye bread, it has
flocks and a strong subsistence agricultural component.
The rock’s strength
It is located in the slope form the Serra and
there great rocks have rise. Once again the geraniums give their
colour to the granite houses. From the exodus only the older people
have escaped, and these are the ones that give a certain enchant to
this place. Walking through the streets we can see stone dorrs and
wooden windows painted with white.
Inside its ancient walls, there are stone houses carefully recovered. In each corner you can ear stories about the rural legends.Its streets are narrow and go up through the hills that grow around the village. From the walls it can be seen cultivated fields and the houses from the neighbour villages. Sortelha’s story is very plotted, but its mysteries or the ladies that make baskets to kill the loneliness, can hook us to this village.
Marialva is one of the historical villages from
our country and it rests a few minutes away from Mêda. This village,
one of the live relics from the ancient times, leads us to the
deepest roots from our history.
Piodão is without any doubt one of the most
beautiful villages of Portugal. Classified as public interest since
1978, it has beneficed from some protection. Only since its
integration in the project of Portugal Historical Villages, Piodão
saw its urbanity set kept.