Lindoso, History and Nature


Located in the interior north of Portugal, Lindoso is a small and rural village near the Spanish border about 4km. It’s a place stuck back in time filled with history and amazing landscapes that makes it a part of the National Park Peneda-Gerês.

Lindoso is well-known for its three main landmarks: the medieval castle, the granaries, and the dam.

The castle dates between 1220 and 1258, and it’s classified as a national monument. Its strategic location makes it part of a long history of battles between the two neighboring countries.

In the castle surroundings there are 50 granaries from the 17th and 18th centuries. These make up a unique and beautiful agglomerate. A granary is a shed used to dry and storage cereals, in this specific case, corn and it’s called “espigueiro” in Portuguese (from “espiga” which means cob). The material used is stone and it is based in several columns standing in a rock, elevated from the ground with the purpose of letting the rain water pass underneath. The roof is made of two granite slabs put together in an obtuse angle. Based on Catholic belief they are decorated with crosses for protection.

The Alto-Lindoso’s dam is located in the Lima River. The construction was finished in 1992 and it’s the biggest and strongest hydroelectric energy producer in Portugal. Its electricity supplies both Portugal and Spain. Something interesting: its elevator is the fastest in Europe and the second fastest in the world.

If you are interested in a good combination between nature and history this is definitely a beautiful place to visit.

written by -alia- on 2011-02-15 in #world #locations #nature #history #lindoso #espigueiro #lima #corn #granary #stone #geres #portugal #dam #landmark #landscape #castle


  1. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    pretty pictures x

  2. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    thanks*pretty place :)

  3. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Boa! ;)

  4. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    the north of portugal is so beautiful :)

  5. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    great place

  6. crumpy
    crumpy ·

    hat amazing buildings

  7. crumpy
    crumpy ·


  8. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    ^.^ many thanks @all

  9. jardi
    jardi ·

    sempre bom ver por aqui Portugal

  10. -alia-
    -alia- ·


  11. nural
    nural ·

    I love the earthy colors in your shots!!!

  12. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    thanks ;) that's what i love too! They picture exactly the place's soul*

  13. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    wow this village looks amazing, the ambiance seems so peaceful

  14. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    thanks ^.^ it have to go there!! Is not that far ;)

  15. lomogregory
    lomogregory ·

    Very nice location and some beautiful photos!

  16. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    many thanks*

  17. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Great photos!!!
    I live in Galicia, ... we share many things with Portugal, and any of these photos might be of my country ...

  18. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    yes that's true we have a lot in common! And I love the gallego language ^.^
    (hecho de menos al nuestro norte*)

  19. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Muito boas fotos e review. N1 ;)

  20. -alia-
    -alia- ·


  21. cpolpa
    cpolpa ·

    Para além das fotos estarem lindissimas, a descrição está também ao mesmo nível. Sem dúvida que o norte do país é lindíssimo. Adoraria fotografar em breve. Parabéns!!

  22. kiwikoh
    kiwikoh ·

    Nice lomolocation~ I wish i can go there too...

  23. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    @polpa: obrigadinha* o nosso cantinho é muito lindo mesmo, que saudades!!
    @kiwikoh: thanks ^.^ you have to!! when you decide to spend some time in europe don't go to the big cities :)

  24. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    nice place . really want to go there

  25. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    :D that makes me happy! You country is sooo wonderful!

  26. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    what a wonderful location! very well photographed! :)

  27. valennano
    valennano ·

    pretty article and photos!!very interesting!!!

  28. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    thank you Superrrr*

  29. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    i'm glad that you liked ^.^
    (gràcies*trobo a faltar moltíssim barcelona)

  30. isabel_mebarak
    isabel_mebarak ·

    Ohhhh great!

  31. pepper-b
    pepper-b ·

    Lindoso não conheço, mas parece-me interessante! Se é na zona do Gerês tem de ser muito muito bom!!! Mais mágico que o Gerês ainda não vi :) As fotos estão muito boas!

  32. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    @isabel_mebarak: gracias*
    @pepper-b: eu acho que é a palavra certa: mágico :) obrigadinha*

  33. photohuggers
    photohuggers ·

    Love the location, both the article and the actual place. Great shots, love the atmosphere ...
    Parabéns! ;-)

  34. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    Obrigada ^.^ i'm pleased that you liked*

  35. gunship
    gunship ·

    Great location and Wonderful photos!!!

  36. troch
    troch ·

    Beautiful location. Portugal (and Spain) are at the top of my wish list for a holiday. I love the quality of light you enjoy there!

  37. lightblue
    lightblue ·


  38. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super pretty ! : )

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