A natural beauty

Piodão1Usually, when thinking of architecture, we tend to think of big buildings, whether modern or old. The way I see it, however, credit should also be given to more “popular” types of architecture, using natural materials – like stone!

piodão4Today I’m bringing you a few snapshots of one of the most famous schist villages from Central Portugal, the village of Piodão.

piodão2Located close to the Serra da Estrela region, Piodão is one of a total of 27 schist villages in the heart of the country. In a place with an abbundance of schist as well as zigs and zags, ups and downs, what do you build your houses with? Why, schist, of course!

piodão3Getting to know these villages is very much worth the trouble of getting away from the city and maybe even getting lost on your way back because the GPS isn’t working and it’s a rainy night and you can’t see s**t. Not that it ever happened to me! This is also the part of the country where you’ll find some of the most beautiful river beaches.

piodão5Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “A natural beauty

  1. Welcome back, we’ve missed you! And what a fabulous post. This village looks wonderful and I’ve learnt what schist is!

  2. I went here in February. It was so beautiful and I ate the most delicious roast goat in one of the lovely little restaurants there. But then I had to navigate for my girlfriend, rally cross style, as the fog descended and visibility was zero. Pretty traumatic, but I’ll definitely go back – perhaps in summer, though! 😉

  3. Love this! Thanks!

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