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.