Few localities in Portugal are so conducive to winter fairs like Trás-os-Montes. These are one of the few Portuguese regions where it is common to see snow fall during the coldest months of the year, or which makes the entire landscape even more magical and special than here, which naturally is. Ou no estivéssemos a falar del Reino Maravilhoso de Miguel Torga.
In many transmontana villages, the houses continue to be beautiful in the stone of the region and will be warmed with a comforting fireplace that enchants all those who gather around it. At the table, the cheiros of typical strong food from Trás-os-Montes predominate, suitable for the cold of winter that is so intense.
There are many places where it is possible to experience all the sensations and, with some luck, to see outside a white blanket of snow while it warms up in the fireplace inside a rustic stone house. Here are some two best places to visit in Trás-os-Montes in winter.
1. River of Onor
river of honor It is crossed by the border between Portugal and Spain, embora, for the inhabitants of this village of the Bragança council, the border is hardly a formality. The population até treats the two villages (in Portuguese and in Spanish) as “povo de acima” and “povo de abaixo”. The cattle often crossed the border freely, and the population of the two countries has many times land on the opposite side of the border.
It is a community village, which means that the inhabitants share some things and get along. In Partilham, for example, or for a community, there are agricultural lands where everyone must work, and a herd that grazes on these lands. No meanwhile, today, this community lifestyle is not practiced, já that the inhabitants have a more advanced idea.
Located a little more than 1000 meters of altitude, Montesinho It was fully recovered but managed to remain faithful to its origins. The houses continue to be typically transmontanas, made of granite and with roofs of lousa or ardósia, the rocks that abound in the region. Also its streets are paved with granite.
The verandas of the houses continue to be made of wood, decorated with flowers that, in Spring and in Summer, encheme the streets of the village with a thousand and one different colors and he gives a little of the life that has been lost during the cold winter months. Furthermore, this area of Trás-os-Montes is well known for its abundance of snow during this time of year.
He said or said that Trás-os-Montes has nine months of winter and three of hell, thanks to the high temperatures it will not see and the long and harsh winters. Located in the extreme northeast of Portugal, Bragança frequently has snow that covers its white landscape. This historic and ancient city maintains its traditions and costumes for long centuries, mostly due to the difficulty of access and because it is located at the extreme of the country.
Bragança was already an important settlement during the period of Roman occupation, but vestiges of Paleolithic occupation have been found. If you visit this beautiful city, try to appreciate the snow-covered landscape from the top of the Torre de Menagem do castelo.
The village of Montalegre is located in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, a place of great natural beauty. Montalegre is dominated by its castelo, built no sec. XIII on the remains of an older fortification, or that shows the strategic importance of the territory.
Nas roundness, found or small Monastery of Santa Maria das Júnias, which belongs to the Cistercian Order (sects. XIII-XIV) and which is now in ruins. Montalegre is also famous for its gastronomy, especially for its thick and presumed hair, being at the Feira do Fumeiro, held every January, an optimal height to acquire these products.
5. Pitões das Junias
Located at about 1200 meters of altitude, Pitões das Júnias It is the second highest village in Portugal. It is fully inserted in the Peneda Gerês National Park and belongs to the municipality of Montalegre. The entrance gate is not Gerês trasmontano and there are two large visit cards of this most beautiful region.
Fruit of its long isolation, Pitões das Júnias still maintains today the typical layout of a medieval village, as well as a way of life that blends in perfect harmony with enveloping nature. Everything here turns around the earth and daquilo that she feared to give (or to throw). The wild beauty of the mountains molds the inhabitants of Pitões das Júnias and they are able to adapt to the environment that surrounds them.
6. Serra do Alvao
Bem near Vila Real, the Parque Natural do Alvão dazzles with its beauty during all seasons of the year. The Olo river is its main water course and molds the landscape between waterfalls and lakes.
Snow usually falls during the winter above 1000 meters of altitude. One of the best places to observe it is the typical village of Lamas de Olo, bem no topo da serra.
7. Serra da Padrela
These are one of the most beautiful mountains in Portugal and are still little known to the great majority of people. The Serra da Padrela is located on the border between Valpaços and Vila Pouca de Aguiar and its greatest highlight is a viewpoint from which 7 different villages can be seen.
One of the best times to visit is during Autumn, when you dress in yellow, vermelho and chestnut, but not in Winter, it acquires a special beauty if, by chance, you are covered by snow. Pinheiros, castanheiros, fragas covered by mosses and agricultural fields form a sublime landscape that deserves to be contemplated calmly.