There are certain types of towns that just FIT in their landscape, both historically, culturally and physically. Whether it’s the Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia, the Trulli of Puglia or the lime washed stone houses of Greece, we instantly understand the connection to the land, the sea, the past.
The Schist Villages in Central Portugal have that transcendent connection to their landscape and past. Long have they been neglected and forgotten, but that is luckily beginning to change. Add to this a verdant, mountainous landscape, medieval castles and a fascinating history – and you’ve got all the right reasons to visit!
Slender cypress trees, finely combed vineyards and fortified hilltowns, sitting enthroned on rolling hills, are the images that come to mind, when we picture Tuscany. Dating back to Medieval and even Etruscan times, these charming villages make history come alive with their rich heritage and generous architecture. Tuscany is an open-air museum, and hilltowns are…
You find yourselves walking amidst a foreign landscape, like cowboys in a Colorado setting. The sun beats down on this exotic landscape and reveals fifty shades of ochre. But you’re not in Colorado. You’re in Roussillon, France.
This is one of the best villages to discover in Provence and to have a nice stroll in this terracotta-coloured landscape.