Materials provided by nature alone, allowed for the artists to create various utensils and moulding each object according to their domestic and agricultural needs. Combining skill and resourcefulness with expertise and spirituality, each piece became a work of Art.

In Baião you are welcome to enjoy the craftsmanship of the walking-canes “Bengalas de Gestaçô” and the baskets “Cestas de Frende” made of broom plant and the carpentry and mosaic works.
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The Chapel Senhor do Bom Despacho is part of the Monastery Santo André of Ancede. It was built in the first half of the 18th Century. The octagonal layout and the baroque style of its interior is a reflection of an architectural style popular at the time, as evidenced by the polychrome woodcarving and gilded carved wood. By the second half of the 16th Century, the monastery Santo André de Ancede belonged to the Convent São Domingos in Lisbon, the sculpture and pictorial decoration of the chapel is evidence of that.
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Casa do Lavrador is a rural and ethnographic museum that integrates the Cultural and Recreational Association of Santa Cruz do Douro. Built in honor of Mr. Augusto Gomes dos Santos, Honorary President of the Portuguese Folklore Federation, the House of the Labrador was inaugurated on June 26, 1999, by its Exa. the Secretary of State for Rural Development, Mr. Victor Barros.

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There are but a few remains from the first settlements, occupied during the 5th millennium BC. However, the settlements of the 2nd and 1st Millennium appear to show a distinctive and strategic occupation of the territory, whose populations worked on bronze and maintained a relationship with distant areas of the Iberian Peninsula, as proven by some of the objects exhibited in the Archaeology Centre of Baião’s Museum.
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A humble temple with a longitudinal layout, a main chapel that is lower and narrower, made up of only one nave. It is presumed that the church was built during the final years of the 18th Century, some marks left by stonemasons are still visible and the masonry seems to belong to an older construction from 1188 as proven by the inverted inscription found in the north wall of the main chapel.
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Before setting out through the mountains, we suggest you make a visit to the modest village Vila do Castelo (Castle), a name that still evokes the memory of a long-gone medieval period. At the top of the hill, next to the chapel Senhor do Castelo, there still exists a pre-Romanesque frieze of the medieval temple. There, the vast horizons of the Fornelo valley and the Marão are beautifully depicted.
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Accompany us as we walk the trails of Serra da Aboboreira/ Aboboreira Mountains. Take a deep breath, feel the fresh air and the scent of a sunlit land. Look at the sky of unrivalled blue and prepare to discover hidden villages, the generosity of its people, the water trails and the backwoods scenery.

Rest under the chestnut trees, let yourself into the oak trees' natural forests and marvel at the number of different species that inhabit this place.

Visit the Astonishing dolmens and the granite batholiths, standing out in the landscape, taste the water that flows in the Fonte de Mel (A fountain with water so sweet it is said to taste like honey), be captivated by the country flowers, which insects cross as birds fly high above the clouds.
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This trail connects the Riding Centre of Baião to the summit of SERRA DA ABOBOREIRA/ABOBOREIRA MOUNTAINSwhere the main points of archaeological patrimony are found. The trial also leads to the villages of Aboboreira and Cushioncharacterized by rural practices of agriculture and where it is witnessed a lifestyle that prevailed for centuries. We can experience breathtaking panoramic views over the valleys of the rivers Tâmega and Ovil. Other trails can be accessed at the top of the mountain.
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