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Cabeça, a sustainable Christmas village - Mountain Villages

Edition 32 — 11.10.2021 • 17.10.2021
Cabeça, Christmas Village © Pedro Ribeiro

Located at a curvy granite hill the village kept growing as if it were a Christmas crib! A privileged location that the inhabitants of Cabeça make the most of during Christmas time.

Around Cabeça wide areas of steep slopes were erected along the centuries, where the soil is supported by schist and granite walls. Nature provides the whole material for celebrating Christmas: the stars, for example, are made of maze and the Christmas balls are moulded with fern leaves.

Mountain Villages
All of them seem too tiny in the infinity of a globalised world, but they are full of genuine people. The natural setting is absolutely beautiful. Serra da Estrela is truly overwhelming, perfect, unique, a place of silence.

Most part of the Mountain Villages are located at the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, 1h20 away from Coimbra and 2 hours away from the Airport of Porto and 3 hours away from the Airport of Lisbon. This village network covers a geographical area of approximately 100 km, including: 14 walking routes and 4 mountain bike trails.

The Mountain Villages are also the starting point for engaging in walking trails, discovering almost enchanted woods: some of them inhabited by Portugal laurel, holly, layered valleys, vestiges of glaciers, depressions, water streams that make agricultural fields fertile, waterfalls and rocky formations of unusual shapes.

Each village has its own unique story: Loriga, Alvoco da Serra, Lapa dos Dinheiros, Valezim and Cabeça. Discover them in a memorable journey across endless landscapes, welcoming people and mouth-watering traditional flavours!

A sustainable project
The project Queijeiras (Women cheese-makers) is developed by the Mountain Villages network in partnership with the designer Sandra Pinho and Burel Factory. It is simultaneously a tribute to the crucial role played by the women who work so hard in cheese-making, creating the cheese of Serra da Estrela region, an outstanding product with national and international recognition, but also a means of financing their training courses.

Furthermore, the Mountain Villages are also developing the first co-working spaces in the countryside in Portugal. Modern and unexpected places, perfectly embraced by the inspiring natural landscape, located in the mountain villages of Videmonte (Guarda council), Alvoco das Várzeas (Oliveira do Hospital county) and Lapa dos Dinheiros (Seia council). Based on the concept of a circular economy, all the furniture and equipment of the future co-working spaces are produced or reused locally, valuing local assets, small companies and local communities.

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