6 villages near Porto to visit at least once in a lifetime

There is no denying it: in recent years, tourism dedicated to exploring the truest and most genuine side of Portugal has grown significantly. There are passageways, trails and, above all, small typical villages where the age-old Portuguese traditions are still practiced and preserved. And, around Porto, there are many of these villages to discover.

After many desolate years, a large part of them ended up seeing their inhabitants leave for other places in search of better living conditions. The abandonment led to the degradation of the houses and nothing returned to be as before. But, in recent times, several of these villages have been recovered and adapted to tourism.

After its recovery, following the original path of the local, it began to attract more and more visitors and now there are many who move here, on the pass, to discover the best of Portugal. Discover some of the most typical and traditional villages to visit near Porto.

1. Quintandone


A preserved typical village, with houses of lousa and de xisto, very close to Porto? Yes, it’s possible! we talk about Quintandona, in Penafiel. Little more than a unique and unique beauty, this is a village that has been recovered in recent years and has attracted more and more inhabitants.

The best way to discover it is by walking along its streets. Appreciate every detail, every detail and talk like the locals. The day-to-day of the population is still marked by routines linked to agriculture, even being close to large urban centers.

2. Trebilhadouro


Located in the parish of Rôge, in Vale de Cambra, the small village of Trebilhadouro has been uninhabited for decades. But at the end of the last century it was fully recovered for rural tourism, maintaining its original layout.

The streets and the houses are made of granite and the entire structure of the village refers to the community habits of the past. Baskets, eiras, or a public tank and a fountain… everything made us remember the day-to-day of a typical agricultural village.

3. Midões and Gondarém

Midões and Gondarém
Midões and Gondarém

There is not just one, but rather two villages that deserve to be highlighted at the same time: Midões and Gondarém both belong to the parish of Raiva, in Castelo de Paiva. São duas aldeias de xisto turned to the Douro and to the imposing Serra da Boneca.

The roads are narrow and winding, typical of mountain villages. The villages have some houses recovered and well cared for, but also others that require intervention. It is possible to observe some plots and a small square.

4. Cabroelo


The village of Cabroelo is integrated into the Serra da Boneca, in the valley of the Entre Águas river (also known as the Mau river). It is a great idea for a walk around Porto, especially if you have children from the family.

Try to walk quietly through the streets of the village, as well as visiting the chapel of São Mateus or the Alves house, dating from 1805. A 10-minute drive away, you will find the Museu da Broa and the various recovered stone coins.

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Pias village
Pias – Pedro Sá

Located in the municipality of Cinfães, Pias is a beautiful village on the banks of the Bestança river. There are two main reasons for visiting the village, since it is considered one of the least polluted in Europe. From Pias é possível explore it following several pedestrian paths.

It is also worth going through the narrow streets of the village. Observe the details of their noble houses and the daily life of their people. Discover the mines (some are still working) at the Bestança interpretation center. The village has a special charisma that deserves to be discovered.

6. Frades River

Frades River
Frades River

Pedestrian paths that cross the old mines of Wolfram leading to a river with waterfalls and lakes where you can take a bath? Yes, it is possible to have all this in Rio de Frades. It is not known if he went to the village that gave or named the river or vice-versa. I am certain that this little corner of Arouca is still unknown.

To get to the most desirable point of this walk, you must leave your car in the village of Rio de Frades. From there, continue on foot along a pedestrian path that will lead you to the inside of an old mine. You will walk for 400 meters in total darkness (light a lantern) and at the end you will find a river, with small waterfalls and lakes where you can cool off.