Pedrógão Pequeno

Pedrógão Pequeno

Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco

A white village, in granite, amid the sea of brown schist surrounding it. It stands beside the Zêzere, at the heart of the Schist Villages Network, with everything conveniently to hand. This old town on the left bank of the Zêzere, beside the IC8, is only a few kilometres from Pedrógão Grande and the Cabril dam. Its heritage includes the Mother church and the Bridge over the Zêzere from the time of Iberian Union under Spanish kings. In a terrain of schist there is a Pedrógão – a granite outcrop – which provided the stone for door and window mouldings, although schist is the predominant building material. In Pedrógão Pequeno the schist is hidden beneath white rendering. When the philharmonic band comes to play there, the streets are full of people, evoking the 1950s when the construction workers for the Cabril Dam came to the village. To discover the view from the top of Monte da Senhora da Confiança and the old road that takes us to the Zêzere over an ancient bridge from the time of the Iberian Union (when Spanish kings ruled over Portugal). You have to try the fish soup.

  • Posted in: Historic Villages
  • Posted on : Thursday, 02 February 2017.
  • Ownership:: Public