Quinta da Abelenda | The Serra do Açor in central Portugal and the authentic schist village of Piodão

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Serra do Açor & Piódão
60 min. from Abelenda

Portugal, Serra do Açor &
and the authentic schist village of Piodão

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Piódão, Serra do Açor, Portugal

The Serra do Açor


Serra do Açor & Piódão
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The beautiful mountains of the Serra do Açor are located west from the vast area of the Serra da Estrela.
In contrast with this highest chain of mountains of Portugal, that consists principally of granite, schist is the characteristic stone of the Serra do Açor. Schist was the basic building material for the picturesque houses of the many, formerly isolated villages and hamlets.
The barbarous vegetation is rich in majestic chestnut-trees, oak, pine, eucalyptus and some olive trees. Amongst the shrubs, heather, rosemary, yellow-flowered broom and furze, stand out. There is an abundance of water from streams that spring from the mountains.




The authentic schist village of Piódão


Piódão, authentic schist village in PortugalPiódão is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages of Portugal. It is classified as a Public Interest Monument, set forth in 1978, therefore benefiting of some protection. But only after its integration in the project of Historical Villages of Portugal, did Piodão see its urbanization ensemble safeguarded.

Being in the scope of that program all the houses in cement and tile roofing, are being converted in schist walls and roofs of slate. This project is now finished, so one can appreciate the architectonic richness of Piodão, and its reference as a heritage to preserve.


The village


Piódão, PortugalThe village has an outline, typical of a mountain settlement. The dominant houses ascend up the slope, sheltered from the winds. Construction materials, were those offered by the hills; schist and wood. The walls have two layers, one exterior with bigger stones and one interior with smaller stones. The slate-roofs, take form of saddle roofs or four side roofs.

Street in Piódão

The blue of Piódão


No one knows for certain the reason why the windows and doors are painted blue. This is one of the mysteries still to solve, but the most recognized explanation is the isolation of the village and the arrival of a pail of blue paint. Having no choice, the blue was imposed upon and is actually an integrant part of the architectonic ensemble for the village of Piódão.



Piódão ou Chãs d'Égua?

Walking in the Serra do Açor, central Portugal


Piódão - Foz d'Égua - Chãs d'Égua


The journey presented connects the village of Piodão to two places of parish, these are Foz de Égua and Chãs de Égua. It is a route with a slope not too accentuated, with one or two exceptions.
Some of the abandoned houses that cross our path are testimony of the pasturing activities which were often caprine or ovine. In the clearing you can catch sight of the beehives, testimony of the bee-keeping activity, still with some countenance in the region.

walks in the Serra do Açor, Portugal

view from Chãs de Égua

Serra do Açor, between Foz de Égua and Chãs de Égua

between Foz de Égua and Chãs de Égua

Between Foz de Égua and Chãs de Égua in the Serra do Açor, Portugal

between Foz de Égua and Chãs de Égua


abandoned village near Foz de Égua

abandoned village near
Foz de Égua




To stay near Piódão


If you like to visit Piódão for a couple of days, we recommend Quinta do Mocho, a lovely apartment for 2 persons, with private swimming pool, only 20 km away from Piódão (20 min. by car).


holiday home Piódão

apartment and pool kitchen with bbq



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