Arcos de Valdevez

Arcos de Valdevez is one of the largest municipalities of Portugal, being composed of 51 parishes, most of which are part of the Peneda-Gerês mountain complex. The landscape is therefore markedly rural and agriculture represents the subsistence of its population. The archaeological remains from the Neolithic period and proto-history, together with several elements of the Roman occupation, are abundant in the region. In Soajo parish exist the typical Galician-Minhoto (from the Minho region) granaries from the 18th and 19th centuries. They are 24 exemplars made of stone, located at a high point, where one can get panoramic views of great beauty. The influence of the agricultural activities in the local crafts is visible. Very characteristic are the tools made of wood and iron, the clogs, the oxen cars, the rattles, the granaries themselves, among others. Those who visit Arcos de Valdevez, also come in search of good food, like the famous cozido à Minhota (stew made with different kinds/parts of meats), the cabritinho mamão da Serra (roasted kid dish), the papas de sarrabulho (kind of mash made with meat) and the rojões (kind of snack made with pork meat) and, among the sweets, the charutos de ovos (cigar-shaped sweets made with eggs, sugar mass and almonds), the cavadas (sweets made with olive oil and brandy) and rebuçados dos Arcos (kind of toffee candies) and the typical "Casadinhos Brancos" (kind of brigadeiro: small balls of condensed milk).

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