Foz da Égua Village

by Nuno Madeira
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Foz da Égua village is located in the parish of Piódão and with it shares the characteristic beauty of the Serra do Açor.

In much the same way as so many other Aldeias do Xisto in Lousã as Talasnal, Candal, Chiqueiro or Casal Novo, the  Foz da Égua village presents two great differences. Being the meeting point of the Ribeira de Piódão with the Ribeira de Chãs, which run towards the river Alvoco, and for feeding a River Beach of great demand in a time of much sun and heat.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7218″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7220″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The best view of the road will be from those arriving from Chãs de Égua, but those coming from Piódão also easily discover the typical schist houses surrounded by nature almost in their pure state.

Between stone bridges and maze-shaped staircases, the hanging bridge will be the one that draws the most attention and will even be the most photographed point in the village.

At the time of my visit, in April, the bridge was probably closed because it was out of season and lack of maintenance/verification, but the view we will have from it towards the river beach should be fantastic.

In the summer, just like in the river beach of the village of Piódão so close by, a dam is activated that ends up filling up and forming the much-desired river beach.

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But even without the active dam, this place deserves a visit at any time of the year.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7222″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7226″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7224″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]For the more adventurous, there are two pedestrian routes that can be made from this/to Piodão. One of them is about 3.5km long and the other is about 2.8km long and lasts about 45 minutes. A quick Google search is enough to find more information.

By bridges or stairs, to walk through the village Foz da Égua between shale stone houses is to go back in time, so by magic. For many years these remote villages have been isolated, but have survived the storms in community.

Their origins are quite distant, as five dozen Neolithic and Bronze Age cave paintings discovered in the area of the village of Chãs da Égua confirm.

If you have any ideas of visiting Piodão, you can’t miss this sanctuary of history so close by. There are facilities to support the beach, probably only in operation during the summer season, with bar and esplanade, but you can also take your meals because there is a picnic park nearby.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7228″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7230″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7232″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7234″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7236″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”7238″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id=”8959″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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Foz da Égua Village Location

Google Maps Coordinates: 40.2472117,-7.812717 | open on Google Maps

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