Quintandona, 4560 Penafiel, Portugal
Photo by Rita Alves
One of the preserved Rural Villages in PortugalJust 30 minutes from Porto, it’s possible to reach Quintandona, a preserved Rural Village. Typical houses using shale, granite and blackboard in their construction were recovered, bringing life to the village; a village with only around 60 people with an average age of 35. There is a theatre group called ComeDEantes; that uses the facilities of A Casa do Xiné, a cultural centre. The theatre group recreates the experiences, legends and traditions of the people with the use of masks.
Scroll through the narrow streets and appreciate the traditional washing places, the granaries (where the corn is placed), the old cross and a chapel with more than 200 years. In order to visit the chapel, just ask to the nice lady, living next to it, to open the door.
A good time to pay a visit to this village is on the third weekend of September, for the Annual Broth Festival. Outside that time, to try some typical Portuguese petiscos, visit the wine bar Casa da Víuva and to spend the night, check Casa Valxisto.