Picote

District: Bragança | County: Miranda do Douro | Parish: Picote

Picote, in Miranda do Douro Municipality, overlooks the Douro and is in the International Douro Natural Park. The village has its origins in a protohistorical community, which can be seen from the quantity of prehistoric rock art, of which an engraving of a hunter with a bow, discovered in Fraga do Puio, is of note. In Toural Square, you can see a number of old rural granite houses, usually with two floors. Admire the Parish Church and, nearby, the Medieval Graves sculpted in rock.

Discover the Santo Cristo dos Carrascos Chapel, of medieval origin, situated in the place there is said to have been a Roman necropolis. More than twenty Roman funerary steles, carved in marble, were found here. They are now housed in museums in Miranda do Douro and Bragança. Note also the ruined watermills and the olive presses that will take you back to olden times! The Picote Dam (1958), the oldest in the international section of the Douro, deserves a watchful eye, as does Barrocal do Douro, a town built for the dam workers and which is a notable example of Portuguese modernist architecture in the 1950s and 1960s.

If you like adventure, take the route along the Douro cliffs, between Barca de Alva and São João das Arribas and lose yourself in the breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy the natural beauty of Fraga do Puio, a privileged viewing point from where you can see rocks and cliffs and, down at the bottom of the valley, the Douro! Keep watching the sky: you might catch a glimpse of a golden eagle, an Egyptian vulture or a griffon vulture. The round or pauliteiro dances are typical of this region and liven up Picote festivals. The 2nd official Portuguese language, Mirandese, is one of the richest and most vivid connections with the historical past of the region. It can be seen, for example, in the signposts in the parish.

Ecomuseu Terra Mater
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Sala de Exposições de Picote
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Igreja Matriz de Picote / Igreja de São João
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Parque Infantil de Barrocal do Douro
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Miradouro de Puio
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Castro de Cigatuenha
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Igreja de Barrocal do Douro
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Capela de Santo Cristo
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Capela de Santa Cruz
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Capela de Santo Honofre
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Barragem de Picote
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Parque Natural do Douro Internacional
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Casa de I Barrio
Bragança | Miranda do Douro
Casa de I Puio
Bragança | Miranda do Douro