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Piodao – A Classic Portuguese Historic Village

Piodao – A Classic Portuguese Historic Village

by Tony Coelho

Village of Piodao in Portugal

Village of Piodao in Portugal

Piodao (Piodão) is located smack in the middle of Portugal a few kilometers from the Serra da Estrela natural park. It is as easy to miss it as it is difficult to access it. While the roads to Piodao are in shape, they are not part of the most used roadways to access the famous Serra da Estrela. It is worth the drive and the time.

Piodao Village church - Portugal

Piodao Village church – Portugal

Classified as an Historic Village of Portugal (Aldeia Historica de Portugal) it belongs to the county of Arganil and situated in the Acor hills (Açor). Piodao lived from the product of agricultural ‘terracing’ or terraces. However a massive emigration wave left the village in crises and the agricultural way of live all bu disappeared. In the late 21th century, Piodao was lifted from the ashes by Tourism, while maintaining its character and spirit.

Today a visit to Piodao is a walk into history preserved by its Museum where you can learn about it customs, traditions and way of life. You can also taste the local products such as bred, honey and liquors and appreciate and buy its handicraft products.

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