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Visit Portugal - Cabeça (Seia)

Visit Portugal - Cabeça (Seia)

November 2019 · 2 min read


Cabeça (Seia)

The village of Cabeça, nestled in a valley of slopes dominated by schist, is located at the top of a granitic head and is particularly well adapted to the local orography. The old housing core is structured around the church of São Romão, former parish church, along two main concentric streets, interconnected by steps and narrow alleys.


Cabeça (Seia)

Most of the houses were built in schist stone and many still maintain the traditional slate roof, forming a set that is one of the best examples of a typical schist moth settlement in Serra da Estrela.


Cabeça (Seia)

In the surroundings of the village, in steep slopes, over centuries, were built large areas of terraces, with a view to cultivating land that seemed unsuitable for this function. These structures were erected according to the contours, the soil being supported by shale or granite walls, depending on the dominant lithology at the site of implantation.


Cabeça (Seia)

Revealing the innovative character and dynamism of its inhabitants, in 2007, Cabeça was the first parish in the country to provide free wireless internet access. Already in 2011, it received the title of 1st LED Village of Portugal, for being the first village to adopt LED technology in street lighting.



Since 2013, during the Christmas celebrations, the people of the village have been working to organize Head - Christmas Village, greatly contributing to the success of these parties the decorations created with natural materials collected in the fields around the village.



Head is a mountain village known as Head, Christmas Village. Annually, at Christmas time (December / January), the streets and houses are decorated in a Christmas way with recyclable materials from Nature (broom, bark, moss, vine sticks ) and led lights.

Aldeia Natal is a 100% sustainable event. One of the striking features of the party is the fact that all the work is done by the villagers. People dedicate hours of their days and nights to prepare the decoration, in a community work done in their own space.



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