Couce

District: Porto | County: Valongo | Parish: Couce

An abundant and varied landscape is imposed on Couce, a village in Valongo, located between two mountains, Santa Justa and Pias, and bounded by the Ferreira River. It is worth quietly strolling along the cobbled streets of this typical small cluster and looking at the marks of the past that are present today, such as the old houses, made from quartzite blocks from mining operations and from schist. Of note is the particular configuration of the walls, which are irregular, as they are made from materials taken directly from nature, without any prior processing. Be sure to walk across the Roman bridge in Couce and visit the village chapel.

Barns and threshing floors served as supports for farming activities in the village and were also the local meeting places for the people, husking the corn in groups. Take inspiration from this old pleasure, go around the village along its greenest and coolest side, next to the river, and remember that Couce was once inhabited by Romans and their slaves, many centuries before the features that are still present today, such as the closely clustered houses, almost on top of each other, a form of defence against outside threats, given the isolation of the village. But even before, in the Santa Justa and Pias mountains, there is evidence of three fortified settlements (castros), which are part of the Valongo Palaeozoic Park. Alto do Castro; Castro de Pias and Castro de Couce, which refer to primitive settlements later occupied by the Romans, the people who settled here to mine the minerals found underground. From this presence, there is also the legacy of the charmed Moorish maidens, who take shelter on Santa Justa mountain and cook in their cauldrons when it’s foggy.

Venture up Santa Justa mountain on one of the hiking trails, but there is also another option: the Ecological Corridor that links the Youth Park to Couce Village and then goes on to Pias mountain. Stretching over 9 kilometres, it provides a view of the important river systems that structure the landscape. If you are thirsty, fret not. On Pias mountain, there are troughs dug into the rock tops where there is no lack of water. According to legend, this phenomenon is due to the miraculous intervention of São Martinho, who gave his horse water to drink when passing through here. This is why it is called, troughs (pias) of São Martinho!

Valongo's cuisine is rich in tradition, generally inspired by flavours from the northern part of the country. Along with bread - most of the bread consumed in Porto came from here - biscuits are a local landmark, where the Paupério and Diogo factories stood out. They produced irresistible delights to enjoy with tea or port, such as fidalguinhos, cacos, torcidos, corn, lemon and other varieties, Other local delicacies are the dry soups, bread pudding and Branco de Sobrado. Cabidela rice, roast lamb and Couce cornbread go down well with the vinho verde produced in the Valongo region.

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  • Capela de Couce

  • Fojo das Pombas
    Para visitar o Fojo das Pombas terá que fazer um percurso pedonal de cerca de 300 metro...

  • Ponte Milhária – Campo

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    Capela de Couce
    Porto | Valongo
    Parque Paleozóico
    Porto | Valongo
    Parque Paleozóico de Valongo
    Porto | Valongo
    Fojo das Pombas
    Porto | Valongo
    Ponte Milhária – Campo
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    Capela de São Bartolomeu
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    Capela de Santa Justa
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    Capela nova do Susão
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    Eixo antigo
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    Largo do tumulo
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    Núcleo museológico da panificação – Campo
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    Parque de lazer de Santa Justa
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    Moinhos do cuco – Campo
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