County’s Brief description - Located in the northeast portion of Portugal, in the heart of the Ribacôa region, the Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo county consists of 22 villages, grouped into 10 parishes / parish unions, spread over an area of 508.6 km², with close of 6,000 inhabitants. It is encircled by the counties of Almeida, Pinhel, V. N. Foz Côa and Freixo de Espada à Cinta and the Spanish province of Salamanca. The Douro, Côa and Águeda are the rivers that border the county.
Entrudo Lagarteiro - In order to relive the Entrudos of the time of our grandparents and the traditions to which they relate, the Associação Lagarto de Vilar de Amargo promotes the Entrudo Lagarteiro, on the Saturday before carnival day. A celebration that involves the whole community, a lot of joy and energy, where intemperance are allowed. Women masquerading as men and men as women, with their faces concealed with lace cloths and cork masks so that no one is recognized in the games they share “…flouring and tinkling with the soot of iron pots was the tradition…”
Associação de Desenvolvimento Local Terra do Lagarto Morada:
6440-271 Vilar de Amargo, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Castelo Rodrigo historical village - The village is a space of great historical and heritage value, the walls, the ruins of the Cristóvão de Moura Palace, the 16th-century Pelourinho, the medieval Church and the cistern with Moarab and Gothic arches. Castelo Rodrigo is one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal in the category of most authentic village.
Tourist Office Address:
Palácio de Cristóvão de Moura, Castelo Rodrigo
Contacts: 271 311 277
Opening hours: 9h00 – 17h30
Santa Maria de Aguiar Monastery - The majestic Romanesque Santa Maria de Aguiar Monastery and its stony facade was classified as a National Monument on December 17, 1932. This Cistercian church has a Latin cross shaped blueprint, three naves and a protruding transept, a staggered head and two apses rectangularly shaped. Another interesting highlight is the beautiful baroque altar and the presence a Santa Catarina image made in jade or anção stone from the 16th century. In Portugal, sculptures similar to this one are rare.
Address: Lugar de Santa Maria de Aguiar
6440-032 Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Faia Brava - Located in the Côa valley, based on the North-South orientation, this place has steep slopes where steep granitic rocks emerge, ideal for nesting rupicolous birds. It is also included in the Côa Valley SPA (Natura 2000 Network) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, in the Vale do Côa Archaeological Park, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB) as the first Private Protected Area in the country and is currently also a pilot area of the European Rewilding project. In addition to these aspects, Faia Brava increasingly works as a demonstration pole in the areas of forest protection, environmental education and ecotourism, involving the local, school and business community.
Associação Transumância e Natureza
Address: Avenida 25 de Abril, nº 92
6440-111 Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo Guarda, Portugal
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Contacts: (+351) 271 311 202 | (+351) 914 678 375 | (+351) 960 408 190