Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

At about 50 km to the north of Guarda, to which district it belongs, and very close to the border with Spain, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is owner of a history filled with dramatic episodes and heroic acts. It was the greed target of the two Iberian sovereignties, thereby the village being, for centuries, alternating between periods of relative calm with others of great upheaval and misery. The wars with Castile (specially the battle of Castelo Rodrigo, a turning point of the restoration war for the Portuguese independence) and, later, the French invasions spread terror and poverty in the village which was gradually losing importance in the geostrategic and military plans of territorial defense. The economic and administrative decision centers eventually moved to the village of Figueira, county seat since 1836, with the new designation of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. The marks of that past plagued by wars are still present today in the region's architecture, but there are also traces, for example, of the Roman occupation, like the must-see sites of the ruins of Almofala or the Torre das Águias tower. But the touristic potential of the municipality does not end in its historical, archaeological and architectural values. The diversity of crafts (basketry, tinsmith, pottery, wooden miniatures, weaving...) and the richness of its gastronomy are strong arguments to motivate a visit to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. You need to taste the migas de Barca D'alva (dish made with leftover bread), the sopa de carrapatos (green beans soup), the cabrito ou borrego assados no forno (roast kid or lamb), the pratos de coelho bravo, lebre ou javali (wild rabbit, hare and boar dishes). Special emphasis goes to the arroz doce (rice pudding) and aletria (pasta dessert made with lemon and cinnamon), papas de milho (corn cob flour porridge), biscoitos de Escalhão (brandy biscuits), farófias (poached meringues) and filhoses (fried pumpkin cakes) in the confectionery. Before, after or during the repast, be sure to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the landscape around you: the Águeda and Coa river valleys, the Douro Internacional, the picturesque villages and the almond trees in bloom between February and March. You will have a privileged view of all this from the serra da Marofa, where the existence of diverse, some natural and others built, viewpoints provides the visitors with an image of rare beauty. Let yourself be enchanted by it!

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