Penedono joins the Network for Excellence Towns and Cities for All

Versão Portuguesa




The village of Penedono, Viseu District, in northern Portugal, became part since last February, the European Network of Cities for All Villages.

The first signs of human occupation in the area date back to centuries of Boulder V / IV BC (Neolithic middle / end). This population lived pastoralism, hunting and  rudimentary agriculture.

The first inhabitants of this region gave importance to the cult of death. This is well visible in multicore megalithic necropolises in Lameira  de Cima, place of Senhora do Monte, parish Penela da Beira and Castainço.


The Romanization brought Penedono pottery construction, industrial and domestic. is also this that starts the mining, especially gold.

At the time of the Christian Reconquest and the founding of the nation Penedono is taken to the Arabs by Fernando I, the Great, between 1055 and 1057. The greatest testimony of this era is the Penedono Castle . A century fortified manor X / XI, who suffered a new configuration in the fourteenth century. To remember this time every year a fair is recreated medieval place in July. This year the 5, 6 and 7 July 2013


In the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution in the nineteenth century, with the addition of several villages village Penedono county is high.

The Olive oil

The olive oil has always been one of the cultures of the Mediterranean peoples. The region Penedono was no exception. In Póvoa de Penela, one of the parishes, existed in times three olive oil rmills. Nowadays there is only one. It was totally intervened. Currently this mill was transformed into a museum where it is explained to visitors the whole process of cultivation of olive oil from the olive harvest olive groves down to arrive at the table, in the form of oil or treated to be consumed as a snack meals.


Places to visit: ( The links are  in portuguese. Plaease use a translator)

Megalithic Necropolis

Menhir

Graves excavated in the rock

Penedono Castle

Olive Oil Mill- Póvoa de Penela
Schedule
 Tuesdays to Fridays AM – 10:00 to 12:30
Afternoon – 14:30 to 17:30
Saturdays and Sundays – open by appointment

Contacts
Email – centrointerpretacao@cm-penedono.pt

Tour
Location
The  Penedono tourism post office is located in the historic center, particularly in the former building of the Town Hall and Jail Correição.

Schedule

January and February:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00
Saturdays and public holidays: 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
Sundays and holy days: from 14:30 to 17:00

Months from March to June:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 18:00
Saturdays and public holidays: 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 18:00
Sundays and holy days: from 14:30 to 18:00


July and August:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 19:00
Saturdays and public holidays: 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 19:00
Sundays and holy days: from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 19:00


September and October:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 18:00
Saturdays and public holidays: 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 18:00
Sundays and holy days: from 14:30 to 18:00


Months of November and December:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 to 17:00
– Saturdays and public holidays: 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
– Sundays and holy days: from 14:30 to 17:00

Special thanks

Madeleine Gray

Sources:


European Network For Towns and Cities for All





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