Many bizarre places in the world are worth exploring, and Casa do Penedo is undoubtedly one of them. Looking at the photo, you can immediately understand that we are in front of one of the most curious buildings that have ever been built. What secrets are hidden within its walls?
Casa do Penedo is also known as the “stone house”, and it is certainly not difficult to imagine the reason for this name. We are in Portugal, and more precisely near Celorico de Basto and Fafe, in the north of the country. This building is certainly one of the most characteristics of the entire region because it was built entirely with giant boulders, shaped to form a welcoming home.
Being in front of this stone house is like taking a trip back in time, to a very distant prehistoric era. But in reality, the structure dates back a few decades: it was built between 1972 and 1974 by an engineer from Guimarães, and for many years it was used as a holiday home by a local family. On the other hand, what better place to relax in contact with nature, leaving behind all the worries of everyday life? Today it would be the perfect destination for a digital detox, were it not for the fact that its owner no longer lives there, not even on holiday.
Over the years, the Casa do Penedo attracted the curiosity of the “neighbors” and, later, also of tourists. Built with four gigantic stones that serve as foundation, walls, and ceiling, this structure looks very much like the Flintstones’ house and we are not surprised to discover that it has become a tourist attraction. Today it is no longer a private residence, but a real museum full of period relics and photographs depicting the building and the beautiful surrounding landscapes.
Outside, the house is entirely built of stone, except for the door, windows, and roof. But it is inside that the real surprises begin: despite being extremely rustic, the house is cozy and equipped with (almost) all comforts. It has two floors, connected by a wooden staircase. On the ground floor, there is a lovely kitchen and a small living room with eucalyptus and cement sofa and a beautiful stone fireplace. Upstairs there is the sleeping area, with a wrought iron bed and a candelabrum chandelier.
Characteristic of the Casa do Penedo is not having a connection to electricity (although a few steps away there is an impressive wind farm). This makes it even more fascinating and suggestive, a place completely out of time, immersed in the silence of nature. Another interesting detail is the outdoor swimming pool, made from a large concave rock that forms an open-air pool. It would be really beautiful to spend your holidays there, but this little Portuguese jewel has now become a destination that attracts thousands of tourists every year.