Aldeia da Pena, Carregal do Sal, Portugal

Aldeia da Pena, also known as Aldeia da Pena do Carregal do Sal, is a small village located in the municipality of Carregal do Sal, in Portugal. It is known for its traditional schist (or slate) houses, which are typical of the region’s rural architecture. The village is an example of preserving the culture and architectural heritage of the Dão region, in Portugal.

Shale houses are characterised by construction in schist stone, a type of rock common in the region. These houses have thatched roofs, which are also typical of traditional Portuguese architecture. The village is picturesque and offers visitors the opportunity to experience rural life and appreciate the region’s natural beauty.

In addition to the schist houses, Aldeia da Pena offers a peaceful and charming atmosphere, with narrow, winding streets as well as stunning natural landscapes all around. It is a popular destination for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and wanting to explore the culture and beauty of Portugal’s interior.

Just a short distance from Aldiea da Pena and further up the hillside you can find the delightful small Capela de São Macário.

Although its construction does not have a specific date, devotion to the saint dates back to the 13th century, and, even today, an annual pilgrimage takes place on the last weekend of July that leads to the top of the mountain with the same name. The mountain and the view it offers are also points of interest and justify the visit.

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