Located north of the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, this village is one of the oldest in the Alto Minho and is a pearl of nature enclosed in a valley at the entrance to Peneda Gerês Park, very close to the source of the River Vez.

Sistelo is an example of Man's ability to adapt to the singularities and adversities of nature, transforming it in favor of his needs and simultaneously creating a picture of rare beauty that are the terraces.

The terraces of agricultural production are the result of the human occupation that ended up shaping the landscape, attributing to it the peculiar characteristic that distinguishes Sistelo, nicknamed "little Portuguese Tibet". As a result of the need for survival of the past, they are now marked outlines of a living picture that testify to the hard work of subsistence agriculture.

With them are also associated the concept of community, of mutual help, of the need of a people to unite to survive. The community ovens, the mills, the granaries and a source of life that unites them, "The river Vez". With it arise the levadas (irrigation canals) that cross the terraces and are a vital source for the cultivation of maize and ground beans.

Cultural landscape of Sistelo:

  • National Monument;

  • 7 Wonders of Portugal "Aldeias Rurais";

  • World Biosphere Reserve "UNESCO".







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