Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Schist Villages - Portugal

The 27 villages spread across the Lousã and Açor ranges, and quite close to Serra da Estrela, are called schist villages because this is the stone used in the construction of houses and is abundant in the region. The various shades of this rock, also used for paving the narrow winding streets, mingle seamlessly into the colours of the natural landscape. - in: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/73752

I've to confess that I don't know much about these 27 villages and I've only been to one of them. 

Foto: Danilo Pavone
The village of Pena has a clear water stream with the same name which brings it to life. Used for baths and watering, this stream also offers you the pleasure of enjoying waterfalls and lakes, surrounded by green landscape among which you will discover one-hundred-year-old chestnuts which are a part of this place’s natural heritage. Surrounded by the Góis Rocks, this is a privileged place to take the routes that, through more or less winding paths, take you exploring Serra da Lousã. - in: http://www.centerofportugal.com/pena/

Foto: Rui Martins
 Água Formosa (Fair Water) received its name because of the pure liquid which streams out of its fountain and is as relaxing as the fade sound of the water flow. That is why it has been attracting so many people who are running away from the stress in the city find their haven here. Thanks to the recovery works in the village, clearly visible on the pedestrian bridge over the Galega Stream, the number of residents has been increasing. Orchards grow and stone houses come to life with everyday life sounds. It is worth your while to take a visit and feel the warmth of the neighbours and a certain feeling of hope in the air in this sunny slope ten kilometres away from the Portuguese Geodesic Centre. - in: http://www.centerofportugal.com/agua-formosa/

Foto: Danilo Pavone
 Aigra Nova is a privileged meeting point for those who wish to know what is best done in recovering memories, traditions and heritage at Serra da Lousã. - in: http://www.centerofportugal.com/aigra-nova/

Foto: Danilo Pavone
Benfita is one of the "white villages" of the Schist Villages Network. This is the only village in the world that exalts peace with a tower, a bell and a clock. The bell tower of this "white village" celebrates the end of World War II with 1620 hits every May 7. 

Foto: Danilo Pavone
 In Gondramaz, schist has its own unique color, as if it wants to highlight the unique personality of its inhabitants. With its remodelled buildings, according to the Schist Villages network plan, Gondramaz is now the home for recognized international plastic artists. 
It is a pleasure to stroll through the streets where everything is made out of schist and the floor you step on is a true work of art. - in: http://www.centerofportugal.com/gondramaz/

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