Mezio

District: Viseu | County: Castro Daire | Parish: Mezio

Situated in the heart of Montemuro mountain, Mezio Village, in Castro Daire, has a typical mountain landscape, harsh and barren. From this inhospitable land, Ervanária Ervital, a small organic farming company located at the top of the village, derives its livelihood. Ervital uses local products and involves the people of the village in the production and harvesting of the herbs used to make their organic teas. In addition to paying a visit to the premises, fields and greenhouses, you can also buy the products. A good way to start a visit to this village!

The narrow streets of Mezio twist and turn between its many rustic houses which are mostly in granite and well worth seeing. A long walking trail passes through here - the Way of St. James - and you can travel along one part of it, getting to know the most mountainous and greenest part of the area. Be sure to pay a visit to the many mills to be found in the village. In the area of religious heritage, visit the Village Church, the chapel of Senhora das Antas, the cross of Senhor do Bom Fim and the cross of Senhor dos Aflitos. Handicrafts and the most typical dish in Mezio are the best-known attractions of the village. After an outing, don't miss the famous rice and beans with regional sausage, in the Mezio restaurant. Here you can also taste other typical local products, such as regional sausages and cured ham, roast lamb, rice pudding, baker’s bread, cornbread or torresmada.

In the same building, take the opportunity to take home a memento of this typical village: the Cooperative of Artisans operates from here, so you can admire and buy towels, bedspreads, carpets, wickerwork and wooden dolls. In the same place, there is a small museum that exhibits the traditional arts of the region. A good time to visit Mezio is on the second Sunday in May, when the celebrations take place in honour of São Miguel, the patron saint of the village, at which point you can also see the lively Mezio Singing, Dancing and Art of Good Speaking Group in action.

Cooperativa dos Artesãos do Montemuro
Viseu | Castro Daire
Cruzeiro de Mezio
Viseu | Castro Daire
Cruzeiro de Mezio
Viseu | Castro Daire
Museu da Associação Etnográfica e Social do Montemuro
Viseu | Castro Daire
Igreja Matriz de Mezio
Viseu | Castro Daire
Percurso da Anta de Mazes
Viseu | Lamego
Centro de Artesanato do Mezio
Viseu | Castro Daire
Capela de Nossa Senhora das Antas
Viseu | Castro Daire
Serra de Montemuro
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Casa do Arco
Viseu | Castro Daire
Restaurante Típico do Mezio
Viseu | Castro Daire