Secular house in stone and wood. Located in the center of a mountain village, surrounded by a green area composed of leafy grove, within an area of approximately 2. 000 m2.
It has gardens composed of native plants and a little corner of aromatic, used in the confection of jellies and also for the delicacies of the rural kitchen.
It is known that it was used as a haystack and shelter of semi nomadic pastoralists and later was used as housing and another part in a cellar and pantry of agricultural products.
The living area was maintained and the cellar was transformed into the bathroom of the house, keeping the stone floor and slabs of solid wood. Also the wine cask was kept but turned into a Jacuzzi (hot tub) with seating for 4 people.
The thick walls of granite stones guarantee a pleasant temperature in summer and winter a salamander completes the thermal comfort of the house.
A kitchen equipped with plate, washbasin, refrigerator, dishwasher and an espresso machine, provides a range for those who enjoy making their food.
If you do not want to use these paraphernalia, you can book in advance our rural cuisine, the dishes that make the village fashion.
In the vicinity of Pouso, you can make good walking tours, in perfect harmony with nature.
By car, within a radius of 35 km, you can visit some landmarks, such as Viseu, Lamego, Peso da Régua, riverside town of the river Douro.
The simplest purchases can be made in the local commerce of Castro Daire, just five kilometers from here from Pouso da Serra.
You can also visit the network of belvederes such as São Lourenço, Santa Barbara, Montemuro mountain viewpoint, and more.
Regional products can be found in the Capuchinhas de Campo Benfeito, in the Picão launchers, among others.
Some other points of interest such as the river beach of Folgosa, the baths of Carvalhal, the old mines of tungsten (Moimenta de Cabril) and the river Paiva, in all its extension.
The Municipal Center of Culture of Castro Daire is composed of two modules, Municipal Library and Municipal Auditorium. In this last one it is possible to attend with some regularity to concerts, theater, lectures, etc. And in the Municipal Museum, has to show pieces related to ethnography (such as the linen cycle, agricultural implements, basketwork) and other more sporadic exhibitions.
There is also the PORTUGUESE INTERIOR OF SANTIAGO, here, with a length of 40 km.
The Portuguese Inland Route of Santiago extends for 205 km, in Portuguese territory, crossing the municipalities of Viseu, Castro Daire, Lamego, Peso da Régua, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Vila Real, Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Chaves. It crosses the border in Vila Verde da Raia, traveling about 180 km from the Via de la Plata in Spanish territory until reaching Santiago de Compostela
This path, similar to the original, promotes the safety and comfort of the pilgrims, privileges rurality and contact with people and heritage, such as churches, alminhas, bridges and ancestral roads.
The Mythical National Road N2.
Of all the roads of Portugal there is one with a mystic and something of legendary that distinguishes it from the others, and to that was given the name of National Road nº2. It was designed as a link between Chaves and Faro on a vertiginous route along the backbone of the country being the most extensive national road in Portugal and the only one that crosses it from lés to lés
It is difficult to find the history of National Road 2 since very little or almost nothing is written about it. It was Estrada Real at the end of the century. XIX, in 1884 it was the District Road nº 128 and its route went from Faro to Castro Verde, in 1910 it was the National Road nº 17 and its route went from Faro to Beja, later it was National Road nº 19-1ª, Assuming definitively the title of National Road 2 in 1944.
The National Highway 2 can be considered the Portuguese equivalent of Route 66 in the US, but at Portugal's scale given our small size, we do not have the Middle West, but this can be replaced by Trás-os-Montes where bridges do not Cross the Mississippi but rivers such as the Douro and its valley, a heritage site of humanity, and where the roadside motels characteristic of Route 66 give way to a pasture house with sleeping rooms on the first floor, but it is in the gastronomic chapter that Our EN-2 wins because the hamburgers and the hot dogs of Route 66 give place here to the richest gastronomy of the interior of our country from Trás os Montes to Algarve passing through the Beiras and Alentejo.
National Highway nº 2 crosses Portugal from above as a true backbone that was, has its beginning in Km 0 in Chaves right there in the north of the country next to Spain, and finishes in the Km 737 in the city Faro next to the Atlantic ocean , After having been meandered by hills and valleys lost from the interior of a country forgotten by progress and by major roads or major routes.
Source: Jorge Santos (Travel Texts).