The village of Piódão, also known as the “crib village”, thanks to the tone and layout of its schist houses, invites us to know a picturesque world.
Piódão is one of the Historical Villages of Portugal, where time preserves the beauty of the region and where there are countless scenarios to visit and get lost in its charms.
Set in a magnificent valley, protected from the strong winds that punish the top of the stunning Serra do Açor, the majestic village of Piódão connects us to the image of a crib due to the harmonious way in which its amphitheatre-shaped-houses are presented.
It is the traditions that give soul to the village, along with the local people, that make us feel at home, from the first moment until the day we leave for a new adventure.
Although some traditions have been lost, others persist and are visible to visitors.
The crosses placed on the traditional blue-painted doors, a tradition of the Piodenses who, on Holy Days, after going to Mass, would nail a small wooden cross to their houses’ front doors with bay and olive tree leaves, invoking the protection of Holy Bárbara against ferocious storms.
Artisanal production is also a prominent feature of this village and corresponds to schist objects, such as miniatures of Piódão houses, basketry, spoons and wooden bowls. In the square of the church, we can find handicraft and liqueur merchants, who give us a taste of Piódão’s typical flavours, such as delicious potato bread, honey, mountain cheese, liqueurs or brandy.