Espindo

District: Braga | County: Vieira do Minho | Parish: Ruivães

Espindo is a village unlike any other, full of myths and legends to unravel! It is in Ruivães Parish, in Vieira do Minho, and has a unique view overlooking Gerês mountain, but there is plenty to see in the village! Fojo da Alagoa, for example, is a hunting trap for wolves extending over a reasonable stretch until it ends in an 8-metre-deep pit! There is also the mysterious legend of the "Buraco da Gola”, about a well. According to the myth, this well, made by falling water, is bottomless. The people of the time tied prisoners to ropes that were dozens of metres long, and forced them to go down, but they were never able to measure the depth of the well! That’s why, while some theories say that it flows into the Cávado River, a few kilometres away, or even into the sea, others believe that this well is a passage to another world!

Lose yourself along these green slopes of the most mountainous part of the village, where you will also be able to find another local landmark: the shelters of the shepherds. These are 19 granite cabins used by shepherds from bygone times to shelter from storms when spending long periods outdoors grazing the herds. Sheep farming, one of the most notable activities in the area, has even more remote origins, as is shown by Aldeia Velha da Portela, a secular settlement where there are still several structures that were once huts and corrals. It is worth taking a look at these small structures while on a walk around this hill, alongside the Tôco stream where you can cool off. Don’t miss the more traditional architecture of the village, which is based on agriculture and sheep farming. As a testimony to this everyday rural life, there are 13 mills and 20 granaries, which can still be seen today. Hiking, motor racing in the Cabreira sections, hunting and mountain biking are other activities that sporadically take over this area. Religion has also left its mark on Espindo, with the chapel of Santa Isabel, which was built before 1758, being helped by two shrines and one cross.

Wine and bread form the staple diet of the village and both are still produced according to traditional rituals: the stomping of the grapes in stone presses after harvesting and corn or rye bread made from the cereal ground in one of the 13 water mills! The local cuisine is completed with other produce grown on the land: beans with cabbage served with homemade pork shoulder, pica-no-chão, cozido à portuguesa with homemade meats, kid, lamb and Barrosa beef. For dessert, filhoses fritters and sweet aletria pasta stand out. With these ingredients you will be able to have an unforgettable picnic in the Serradela picnic park, which has a wonderful view over the forested Túrio valley. If you enjoy popular festivals, the best time to visit the village is the first Sunday in July, when the feast in honour of Santa Isabel is celebrated. For an overnight stay, choose Santa Isabel House. When passing through this traditional village, take time to appreciate the skilful crafting of the lace and linen embroidery.

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  • Casa do Barroca

  • Parque Florestal da Serra da Cabreira
    O relevo montanhoso, as apelativas albufeiras e os límpidos cursos de água são a melhor...

  • Parque de Merendas de Serradela
    Parque agradável com bancos e mesas e muita sombra.

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    Casa do Barroca
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Parque Florestal da Serra da Cabreira
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Percursos de BTT da Serra da Cabreira
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Parque de Merendas de Serradela
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Parque de Merendas de Santa Isabel
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Capela de Santa Isabel
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Serra da Cabreira
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Campos
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Lamalonga
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Cruzeiro de espindo
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Espigueiros
    Braga | Vieira do Minho
    Casa da Gaiteira
    Braga | Vieira do Minho