The charming village of Gestaçô in the district of Baião, Douro, is known as the village of the walking sticks.
It was in this friendly village, at the end of the 19th century, that this art began; it was different from others because it introduced an innovative bending technique that allowed a walking stick to be made out of one piece. At that time, a walking stick was an essential accessory. This charming accessory began to fall into disuse but nowadays the demand increases particularly in the months of August because of the pilgrimages and festivals in the region, and in September because students use them as part of their traditional university attire. In the village of Gestaçô you can find the Walking Sticks House and the Museum of Walking Sticks.
Photo: André Silva