Friday, May 22, 2009

Piódão, Serra do Açor

Another place I really wanted to visit but never had the chance before was Piódão, one of the most famous historical villages of Portugal. So being in the area we decided to go there for lunch before heading back home. I'd heard stories about the terrible road conditions to get there, but I have to say we really enjoyed ourselves. And the sights on our way there and back (we took a different road on our way back) are quite stunning.

The village itself is indeed beautiful, especially seen from afar.



And up close is also very charming.



We spent a good couple of hours going up and down all those stairs, and although the day had started out rainy, the sun finally shone through.








We had lunch at the restaurant in the main square (Piódão XXI), and although the food was good, the service not really, and the restaurant building itself doesn't really fit into the local architecture. It surprised me that something like that was allowed to be built there in the first place.

On our way back to Lisbon we stopped at a couple of other places that caught our attention: Chãs d'Égua, another charming little village, and Foz d'Égua, with the beautiful suspended bridge.

Chãs d'Égua



Foz d'Égua




And of course, thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful sights around the Serra d'Açor.







Definitely these are places we want to go back to.

16 comments:

Likes Chocolate said...

The Church is beautiful!

Billy said...

Obrigada pelo tour virtual! :)

(que saudades!!)

marirob said...

amazing! your photos are stunning!

Marta Mourão said...

Olá! Também estive no Piódão, no fim-de-semana passado (quem sabe não nos cruzámos) e concordo contigo acerca do restaurante no que diz respeito à sua arquitectura. Está descontextualizada...
Também estive em Foz d égua, pena não ter apanhado esse céu azul!

fantasma said...

Must go there!

SweetPeaknits said...

Fab photos, hope you had a great time.

Di said...

Oh wow - I think that I have to go there some day! It looks absolutely beautiful and the stone work in the buildings is great!

gkgirl said...

wow....
these are fantastic photos!
gorgeous...

Analuka said...

Hummm, gostoso o passeio por aqui! Deleite para os olhos, para a alma alada sonhadora. Abraços azuis!

tania said...

wow! its so beatiful!

Kate said...

beautiful pictures

Mermaids Purse said...

I love your photos - they are almost surreal!

macg said...

olá, nós também já andámos por essas ruazinhas de Piodão, ao longe é mesmo uma ilustração de um conto infantil (:

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Rica e Bela Serra do Açor said...

De facto tem fotos magnificas. Parabens!

Visitem o blog sobre a Serra do Açor.

http://ricaebelaserradoacor.blogspot.com/

gaohui said...

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