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.
And of course, thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful sights around the Serra d'Açor.
Definitely these are places we want to go back to.