Várzea da Serra Typical village

In the southwest corner of the county of Tarouca, beyond the top of the hills of St. Helena, an extensive floodplain, at ten kilometers from the city of Tarouca, is located the parish of Várzea da Serra.

The natural beauty of Várzea da Serra presents, by itself, of great interest. The highland environment,” canastros” or granaries, the capes of “burel” (woolen cloth), the pillory, the House of the Chain and the set of granite houses, give it the characteristics of typical village.

Considered the mountain village of the Municipality, it is surrounded by peaks that reach over a thousand meters of altitude, protecting the village of the investees of the winds. High plateau, falls, at northeast and northwest, to the river Varosa and its tributary called Varosela.

It is in the territory of Várzea da Serra parish where these two rivers are born: run, in the opposite direction, north and south, surrounding the hills of St. Helena, squeeze it in their flanks, as two large antennas and run, fertilising fields, moving mills in almost all the parishes of the county, to merge into each other near Mondim.

The Várzea da Serra Foundation should date from the principles of the nationality. Perhaps its first inhabitants were the Minho settlers who came here to establish, as elsewhere in the county. And the older houses are similar, as in any other parish, to the minho tipical buildings, as if a fragment of the northern villages were transplanted to here.

The Tarouca Municipality invites you to discover the Varosa Valley.


Location: Tarouca
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