Between vineyards and chestnut
From Moimenta da Beira, it is worth making a detour to Fonte Arcada, to see the historic center.The Romanesque Church, from the XII century, the fontanary with pointed arch, which gave its name to the locality and the Casa da Loba, from the XIII century. Heading to Tabuaço you can enjoy the portic of the Church of St. Peter of the Eagles (MN), founded in the XII century, which is in a ravine near the arm of the river Távora, looking out to an escarpment.
We continue south to find the Lapa’s Saw, where we can go up to one of the oldest Portuguese shrines. The Chapel of the Lady of Lapa was built later, already in the XVII century by the Jesuits. Moving east we find the Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tabosa (nuns of the Cistercian Order).
Sernancelhe is the next stop of the route. Leafy chestnut trees can be seen from the road and leave to guess the importance of the chestnut in this area. In Penso we find Maxilazer, Lda., with exhibition and sale of wines, crafts and regional products.
In Sernancelhe, we can visit the Mother Church (IIP), which features an extraordinary collection of Romanesque sculptures, in the historic center is the century pillory of the XVI century and Baroque Solar of the Carvalhos. It is worth appreciating the sculptures in granite scattered through the streets and gardens of the village.
The tour ends with the magnificent view that you can enjoy from the top of Penedono Castle (MN), 930 meters high, dominating a vast panorama, only limited in the distance by the highest embossements of the Beiras and Beyond-Douro and Castilian land of the ancient kingdom León.