Gondramaz, the perfect village

by Nuno Madeira
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante

Gondramaz Schist Village, such as Talasnal, Casal Novo, Chiqueiro and Candal is part of the Schist Villages Network consisting of 27 villages distributed in the interior of the Central Region of Portugal.

Situated in the municipality of Miranda do Corvo, parish of Vila Nova, it looks like a small paradise reclaimed on the hillside of Serra da Lousã, about 9 km from the center of Vila de Miranda do Corvo.

The village is no more than the main street and from this exit several narrow winding alleys that arouse curiosity.

It is easy to see that the shade of shale is what abounds most in this refurbished village. Even the ground we step on is an example of the best art of crafting stone. It is a land of artisans whose hands create charismatic figures that are marked by the mountains and that carry the name of the master and the village across borders.

As well as the nearby Schist Villages, it has gained a livelier atmosphere, especially in the high season and on weekends, largely due to mountain bikers and hiking trails that create movements that are no longer surprising to locals.

Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante

The name Gondramaz will probably be of Germanic influence and its origin is lost in time.

Like many other villages, even refurbished Gondramaz reveals today the difficulties of mountain life, isolation and heavy dependence on agriculture and pastoralism. Miguel Torga, a doctor in the region, often visited Gondramaz in 1935, attesting to this most suffering experience.

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This region is also known for the predominance of the chestnut tree which, according to older traditions, would be planted at the birth of a child, building an early economic activity as well as his house, symbolizing the wood needed for its construction and allowing the maintenance and longevity of these communities.

Going down the main street come sculptures and say that today can scare the current Portuguese language, but it is in this simplicity that the Village stands out. Of simplicity, but at the same time of all the care with which it was erected.

Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante

I confess that, until I got to know this village in detail, what caught my attention was one of its rural tourism lodgings. For years I have been looking for this type of accommodation because of the proximity to the people of the earth and the affection they give us and that make us feel at home.

The Pátio do Xisto, which at first looks like a rural tourism accommodation like many others, is undoubtedly differentiated by the pool that invites us even on less hot summer days.

The fully refurbished and welcoming facilities make the stay a perfect escape from the city’s routine. Already the pool, overlooking the Serra da Lousã, seems to unite us with that piece of nature. The fact that this accommodation is at the end of the main street means that there are no more houses in your line of sight.

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Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante
Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante

POINTS OF INTEREST TO VISIT IN GONDRAMAZ

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Largo da Capela
Alminha
Lavadouro
Salão de Baile
Largo dos Petiscos
Largo do Leão

Gondramaz, the perfect village | Diário do Viajante

At the entrance of the village, we are welcomed with a poem by Miguel Torga, which is on a metal plate in the reception area.

“A vida é feita de nadas;
De grandes serras paradas
À espera de movimento;
De searas onduladas
Pelo vento;
De casas de moradia
Caiadas e com sinais
De ninhos que outrora havia
Nos beirais;
De poeira;
De ver esta maravilha:
Meu Pai a erguer uma videira
Como uma Mãe que faz a trança à filha.”

Miguel Torga, 1941.

 

WHERE I STAYED IN GONDRAMAZ VILLAGE

Pátio do Xisto

It has an outdoor pool, a restaurant, terrace, and garden. Each unit includes a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.

Breakfast is continental style and there are several walking routes to enjoy all the surroundings of the village.

Coimbra is 36 km from the guest house, while Lousã is 17 km away.

Average price per night in a double room with private toilet and breakfast included: 60 to 70 euros

OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS IN GONDRAMAZ

Casinha do México
Retiro de Gondramaz
Casa em Xisto

Gondramaz Village Location

Google Maps Coordinates: 40.062028, -8.274194 | open Google Maps
GPS Coordinates: 40°03’43.3″N 8°16’27.1″W

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