A village in the Peneda-Gerês National Park that seems to have stopped in time. This is how Pitões das Júnias is the ideal destination to receive 2022.
Pitões das Junias is a small village in the heart of Gerês, Montalegre municipality, at an altitude of 1100 meters, being the highest village in Barroso.
Inserted in a breathtaking landscape, between marshes and granite cliffs, it has managed to maintain its small population and the medieval appearance that make it one of the most picturesque and traditional villages in Trás-os-Montes.
With a rich cultural heritage and privileged contact with nature, it is the place to go when thirsting for peace.
Pitões das Júnias: History and Nature
The origin of Pitões das Júnias is intertwined with the construction of the Monastery of Santa Maria das Júnias. It was in 1147 that this was founded, consecrated to Senhora das Nails, who later became Senhora das Júnias.
Here, the people, who inhabit the stone houses, are known for their fighter and even warlike nature, as they resisted several episodes – from looting to assaults and attacks, such as the one in 1665, in which a section of infantry and cavalry commanded by Hieronymo de Quiñones unsuccessfully tried to set fire to the small town of Trás-os-Montes.
Monastery of Santa Maria das Júnias
Benedito in its origins, this Monastery, which adhered to the Cistercian reform, preserves, from its original construction, the lateral portico, in a romantic style, and the launch of the cloister arcades, in ruins.
Nestled in a magnificent valley, it is now considered a National Monument due to its historical significance and is therefore worth a visit for anyone looking to travel back in time.
Pitões das Júnias Waterfall
A village in the middle of the Peneda-Gerês National Park easily conquers those looking for a retreat in nature. Pitões das Júnias is not only surrounded by greenery but also has a beautiful waterfall whose waters come from the Ribeiro de Pitões and pass through the Monastery of Santa Maria das Júnias.
Due to the unevenness of the land, it develops on several levels, the first of which is about 30 meters high. The clear water flows into a beautiful lake flanked by granite outcrops, next to an oak tree with centuries of history where, legend has it, an elf lives.
Trail of Pitões das Júnias
There’s nothing better than a walk to really discover the region’s cultural and natural heritage. The Interpretive Trail of Santa Maria das Júnias, lasting approximately one hour, will take you to explore the fauna and flora of the Peneda-Gerês National Park and to observe unique aspects of rural architecture, such as the “lime meadows”. ” or the water channels, also passing by the Monastery.
The route is circular, starting and ending at the village’s Cemetery and the advice is simple: walk it with attentive eyes and slow steps, so as not to miss anything.
Where to stay in Pitões das Júnias?
House of Black
The family home of António Fernandes, known as “Preto”, where friends and even strangers gathered to share flavors and experiences at the table, gave rise to Casa do Preto, today a restaurant and hotel in Pitões das Júnias. Perched in the green (or white) of the mountains, this house is the ideal place to recharge your soul and stomach when in the village.
Shelter from Above
With a beautiful view over the mountains and the Paradela dam, this Shelter is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to experience the village in a genuine way. With a double bed, a single bed and a sofa bed, it can accommodate couples but also families or a group of friends.