4820 Fafe, Portugal
Photo by Pablo García Chao
Note to Wilma: Stone Houses? Odd, but cool in PortugalGranite stones can make very comfortable houses. No, really. An example of that is “Casa do Penedo,” or House of Stone, located in the Mountains of Fafe, Norte region of Portugal. Built out of 4 massive boulders in the 70’s, it screams Flintstones.
But there are many other examples less famous than the Casa do Penedo - which has been named one of the oddest houses in the world by strangebuildings.com – that can be found in other locations, in the northern and Centro de Portugal.
Monsanto, in the Centro de Portugal, is one of the best well known for its granite rock constructions and is classified as one of the Historic Villages in Portugal. The “Casa de uma so telha”, or House of one roof tile – where the roof is one giant stone – is actually a restaurant. Monsanto was called the most typical village in Portugal, but its house built between boulders are quite unique.
Mostly, these houses are built around or between the stones and try to blend in, making it a scene worthy of the Flintstones too, or maybe the Stone Age. With Casa do Penedo only the windows, doors and roof are not made of stone, and are made of wood instead. It has no electricity, and candles are used instead, but it is still used by the family that had it built as a weekend getaway.
If you're going for a visit to the North of Portugal do as many other visitors and knock on the door to see the inside of the house that the family keeps truthful to its original look.