Local markets and fairs
Pedrógão Grande has one on Monday mornings, where people meet to buy and chat. Fresh fruit and vegetables, grown locally are for sale as well as freshly made goat cheese and stalls specialising in random rusty garden tools and big pants (not on the same stall). You have to visit to see! Check out the Pedrógão app “Municipio de Pedrógão Grande”.
Figueiró dos Vinhos is a little bigger and is every Saturday morning, same sort of goods but more variety.
For a really local experience go to Vila Facaia, just along the road, their market is on Sundays and although small it’s worth calling (in various languages). They sell plants and produce.
Castanheira de Pera has on Saturday mornings a traditional fruit and veg market, opposite the town hall, where local produce is sold. And at Christmas time there is a Christmas fair. A large yule log is lit and burned for the Christmas period, outside the town hall and there are rides, fun and games for the children. Also a number of the unused shops are handed over to the local artisans, who then sell their homemade Christmas decorations, some used for traditional Christmas scenes, others sell beer and hot wine with traditional food snacks, which brings a lovely feel to the town over the Christmas period.