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Portugal Hideaways: Baião

Come and visit Baião, a Portuguese village in the Porto district, North region

On the slopes that connect the peak of Marão to the Douro river, marked by “powerfully dug” valleys, where some water lines like those of Ovil, Valadares, Zêzere, and Teixeira wind up, one of the greenest municipalities in the region, Baião.

Its cuisine is so special that some even say that Eça de Queiroz fell in love with both the landscape of this land and the flavors of its traditional cuisine when he wrote the work A Cidade e as Serras, referring to the magnificent broad bean rice. To prove it is the title that the Brazilian ambassador, Dário Castro Alves, attributed to the Queirosian cultural gastronomic dictionary: Era Tormes e Amanhecia.

The municipality of Baião also presents remarkable heritage values, surprising panoramas, customs and traditions that enrich and distinguish this area of ​​the country.

Writers such as Camilo Castelo Branco, Alves Redol, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Soeiro Pereira Gomes and Eça de Queiroz, and also the children’s literature writer António Mota, often refer to this landscape in their works.

The Eça de Queiroz Foundation, the dolmens of Serra da Aboboreira, the monastery of Santo André de Ancede, the vast religious heritage, handicrafts, small museum centers and interpretive centers invite you to visit Baião.

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