Surroundings: Torre – Piódão – Fraga da PenaJose van der Zwan2021-01-16T22:09:15+01:00
Píodão, Foz d’egua and Fraga da Pena
But first the Torre
Píodão ……. In the area of our B & B you will find the brown signs to this tourist attraction.
Spend a day in the mountains, on the highest point of mainland Portugal, The Torre. The Torre is the highest point (1993 m) of the Serra da Estrela. The Torre is not a striking mountain peak, but the flattened highest point of a ridge. Exactly at the highest point of the Torre is a geodic signal.
The Torre is unusual for a mountain top, easily accessible via a paved road. It is wonderful to walk and cycle, but also a popular ski area in winter. At the Torre are beautiful mountain lakes with meltwater well into the spring and there is also Lagoa Comprida, a large reservoir. The Alva, Zêzere and Mondego rivers originate in the Serra da Estrela.
Visit Piódão 224 inhabitants (2001) in the Serra do Açor. Almost all houses are built of slate, which is unique in this region of Portugal. Piódão has been a historic landmark since 1994, Aldeia Histórica. Don’t forget to buy a delicious liqueur, such as the chestnut liqueur, in this special village. Combine a visit to Píodão with a walk to Foz d’egua, a special praia fluvial. An old Roman river beach with bridges and rocks. Here, too, the chapel is of course not missing, on the way up comes surprising things.
You can also cool off in one of the many larger or smaller waterfalls in the area, such as Fraga da Pena, a 20-minute drive from Casa Traca. Or the slightly further away Poca da Broca on the other side of the Serra da Estrela.
Arganil and Tabua
Of course you can also look closer to Casa Traca: Arganil and Tabua. Arganil is a fairly large place with a lot to do in the summer months, but also in the low season it is wonderful to sit on one of the terraces or in the park. During the summer months there are often festivals in both places and other activities. Tabua is a 20-minute drive past charming authentic Portuguese villages. Take a turn and just follow the road.
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