The Region

The Soajo village (Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal) is a structured settlement made up of granite houses that are characteristic in mountain regions. The houses are set beside narrow lanes, just wide enough for ox-carts to get by, deeply rutted by the use throughout the centuries.

The rustic houses are distinguishable more by their ethnographic than by their architectural value, being built out of materials regionally available. The cultural heritage without being exuberant and erudite, is an excellent repository of a humankind’s good relationship with nature. While keeping, and maintaining their rural origins, the visitor may enjoy the quietude of the environment and the scenarios, the peacefulness and the rural folk’s tunes.

This village is famous for its communitarian threshing-ground constituted by 24 stone granaries standing on granite. The most ancient one goes back to 1782. These granite monuments were built at a time when corn started being grown on a regular basis and they were used for the protection of cereal from storms and rodents. Part of these granaries are still used by the villagers.

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House of Videiras

Dating from the seventeenth century this cottage is considered to be one of the oldest in the village. Videiras (“grape-vines”) is the nickname of the owner’s family. D. Abílio Ribas, the present Bishop of São Tomé and Príncipe, lived a considerable part of his childhood in the Casa das Videiras.

House of Pereiró

This house is located in the typicall village of Soajo. Its construction is typicall from mountainous Houses of the Minho Region, and it allowed great conditions for whom is looking for the Peneda Gerês National Park landscapes and patrimony.


Restaurant "O Videira"

A simple, rustic, family house, with a room of typical features that include a fireplace for a cosy environment in the colder days. In the summer you can enjoy your meals at the wooden porch. In this restaurant you can enjoy tipycal meals such as the tender “Carne da Cachena”, roasted or grilled, sided by “Arroz de Feijão Tarrestre” (rice with beans).


Reserva da Biosfera Transfronteiriça Gerês-Xurés

"The Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Gerês-Xurés (RBTGX) was declared on May 27, 2009, by UNESCO, and is located in the Autonomous Community of Galicia (Spain) and the North Região (Portugal), covering a total of 267,958 has. of protected land in two areas divided by natural boundaries, yet united by the characteristics of nature and culture.

Being a Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, the cooperative effort between the territory and institutions of both countries, in setting common goals, define priorities for action, and articulate management strategies contribute to consolidate the image of Transboundary Park Gerês-Xurés, created between the Natural Park Serra do Baixa Limia Xurés and Peneda Gerês, established in 1997, forming an environmental unit of high biodiversity.

More than a designation, the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Gerês-Xurés intended as recognition of the need for a common and coordinated effort to safeguard the values ​​of flora, fauna and landscape, which share the two protected areas, promoting economic development sustainable, and promoting the active participation of stakeholders in the territory by promoting and demonstrating a balanced relationship between people and nature."


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Reportagem "Você na TV" em Soajo

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