Fim de semana em Alvarenga – NYE

Another Portuguese little secret is the village of Alvarenga, in between two beautiful mountains called Freita and Montemuro. This area is full of history, monuments, imponent old houses but mostly breathtaking natural landscapes.  This is the place to relax or to practice water sports, like rafting or canyoning, or even trek for hours and hours.

We decided to find a nice place where to spend our NYE. We wanted a quiet place, away from the city, where we could party but also relax (the next day hangover demanded that!), and also somewhere where we could explore a bit to get to know more of our beloved country.

We first visited the Village of Paradinha. This village is one of the many ‘Aldeias de Xisto’ – Schist Villages – that are characteristic of this region of Portugal, being the mountains rich in this kind of rock (but also gratine). This small “doll houses” like villages are only built with schist rock, the more traditional ones, and only the church is white! In the other villages around, Alvarenga for example, houses are mainly built with granite.

Those amazing Portuguese sayings – “Contaminate the rivers and one day you will die drowned in your own shit”

Another amazing thing of Paradinha and Alvarenga, its the proximity with the river. The water is clean, ice cold, obviously in the winter, but, unfortunately, most of the times also in the summer, eheheh. ***amazing place to camp in the summer!***

The day and the year was coming to a end and we decided to go to one of the many point views, this one called ‘Senhora do Monte’ – Lady of the Mountain. I think the photos talk for themselves 🙂

The place of the party and where we spend the night was this one Really god bedrooms, awesome breakfast and most of all we had our space and freedom to party and make noise as we wish – they have one big room just for this occasions.

Great way to finish the year, go there if you have the chance! Happy New Year 😉

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2 thoughts on “Fim de semana em Alvarenga – NYE

  1. I was born there and it was lovely then, no tourists, no development, just a rural, tight knitted community living off and in harmony with the land and using traditional eco friendly farming methods. When I visited recently most of the land looked abandoned, boundaries between small holdings were overgrown and eroded, and some old familiar paths and lanes had disappeared under the overgrowth. Whilst the restoration of buildings has been done sympathetically the landscape has been transformed and the land has suffered. There are no paths for walkers to explore what remains of nature only the main roads with no room to walk on only for cars. I have lived abroad for many years now and although I admired the smart looking villas and residences I felt sad at the disappearance of what used to be a living organic ‘garden’ of cultivated fields . Lelia Madureira de Sousa

  2. i sympatize with your feeling but maybe if you and others with your sensitiveness wouldn’t have just left, maybe if you and your land sieblings would have fought to keep alive that inheritance, maybe it would have worked…

    but it is hard, i know. we always want more. but in the end, it’s the memories of chilhood that remain.
    i still fight to keep what my parents left me and i already failed in so many ways…

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