Lindoso: the village of granaries
When planning your trip to the Peneda Gerês National Park, the town of Lindoso is a must stop due to its surrounding beauty of the yellow mountain range.
Located in Ponte da Barca, Lindoso, it is one of the doors to the Peneda Gerês National Park with about 25km of 1300 inhabitants who are essentially dedicated to agriculture and pastoralism.
The castle and the set of granaries that it presents enhance this rural nucleus, inserted in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, from which a sublime landscape can be seen over the Lindoso reservoir.
This small village in Gerês has the largest collection of granaries in Portugal. There are about 60 granaries, built in the 17th century, which preserve the local history. At the time, the granaries had the function of guarding and preserving the ears from bad weather, thus allowing them to dry. Despite their simple function, these were built in such a way that rodents and other animals could not reach them due to the stone wheels at the base of the granaries. At the top are the crosses that were used by farmers to ask for the protection of their crops.
The imposing castle was built in the 13th century and witnessed some of the toughest battles that, since the reign of Afonso III, asserted Portugal's independence. You can visit it with free admission and enjoy the panoramic view of the dam and granaries.
In addition to the castle, the village of Lindoso has a valuable built heritage, which includes the pillory, the community threshing floors, the Castelo cross, the medieval bridge and the water mills of Parada and medieval sidewalks.
With so much to discover, we recommend that you do it in a unique and fun way. Close to this small village, you can find our headquarters where we have several electric mountain bikes available for rent. You can thus enjoy all this heritage and landscape with the greatest fun and comfort on a mountain bike.
This article was developed under the QualMinho@PME Project, funded by Compete 2020, Portugal 2020 and EU FEDER