Beiras fortified villages

Remains of Pinhel Castle. Maria Manuela has 94 years and showed me the village.

Beiras is an eastern province of Portugal, close to the Spanish border. From the beginning of the XIIth century the region was covered with a vast network of fortified villages. Pinhel is one of them. Pinhel castle, often known as a Falcon City stands on a hill overlooking the Portugese-Spanish border.

The region is rather poor and under-populated. Very nice white and rose wines ( called Entrevinhas ) are locally produced there.

Monday, 18th of May 2009.