book this trip

Walking tour in the Portuguese Schist Villages | Self-Guided

Duration 8 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort
Ref. Tour: tour008

Taste the delicious local cuisine and be surprised with the natural and cultural heritage. Stay in a restored stone house and get refreshed at the river beaches. Walk village to village passing by 10 Schist Villages and 3 fluvial beaches in one week!

An 8 days walking village to village passing by 10 Schist Villages and 3 Fluvial Beaches, a multi-day traverse of the Schist Villages of central Portugal. Our lodgings are stone houses renewed for comfy rural tourism inns, surrounded by pure nature. An unforgettable time travel experience!
Villages: Casal de São Simão, Ferraria de São João, Gondramaz, Chiqueiro, Casal Novo, Talasnal, Vaqueirinho, Catarredor, Candal and Cerdeira.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Walking Tour 1: Coimbra - Ferraria de São João
Transfer from Coimbra train station to Ferraria de São João and briefing.
Optional: Walking loop or Workshop Fresh Goat Cheese.
Dinner and overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 02
Walking Tour 2: Ferraria de São João | Casal de São Simão (11 km / 7 mi | +238 m / +781 ft)
Today's walk connects Ferraria de São João and Casal São Simão, both Schist villages. Relax at Fragas fluvial beach and/or visit the village.
Transfer to back to Ferraria de São João.
Dinner and overnight at
 Ferraria de São João.
Day 03
Walking Tour 3: Ferraria de São João | Gondramaz (20 km / 12 mi | +850 m / +2789 ft)
Today's walk will take you to the beautiful village of Gondramaz, passing by Louçainha Fluvial Beach. This is indeed a land of craftsmen whose skilled hands create charismatic figures that are the hallmark of the region and take the name of it's master and village beyond its borders.
Dinner and overnight at Gondramaz.
Day 04
Walking Tour 4: Gondramaz | Talasnal (11.5 km / 7 mi | +705 m / +2313 ft)
Today you will walk from Gondramaz to Talasnal village, passing by Chiqueiro and Casal Novo. Arriving to Talasnal you may visit two traditional olive presses moved with the strength of water.  The snow was kept until the summer and wrapped in straw or fern to be carried in cars and mules to Lisbon.
Transfer back to Gondramaz.
Dinner and overnight at Gondramaz.
Day 05
Walking Tour 5: Talasnal | Cerdeira (10 km / 6 mi | +970 m / +3182 ft)
Transfer to Talasnal.
Walk from Talasnal to Cerdeira passing by Vaqueirinho, Catarredor and Candal. You will follow the ancient trails used in the past by local inhabitants to reach Lousã.
Dinner and overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 06
Cerdeira Free Day
Workshop making of Schist House Miniatures and free afternoon.
Optional: workshops or hike.
Cookery lesson dinner (portuguese traditional food).
Overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 07
Walking Tour 6: Cerdeira | Lousã (7 km / 4 mi | +280 m / +919 ft)
Walk from Cerdeira down by the Levada (waterway) to Lousã Castle and Sra. da Piedade fluvial beach.
Free dinner and overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 08
Lousã | Coimbra
Transfer to Coimbra.

Optional: visit to Coimbra UNESCO heritage site.
see all days

Dates & Prices

From 650,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

March and April* 
October and November*

*Starting on Sundays

More Information


7 accommodations with breakfast
Briefing and Debriefing
Workshop of goat cheese
Workshop of shanty houses
Workshop of cookery lesson of chanfana (traditional dish of meat)
6 dinners
Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João
Transfer from Cerdeira Village to Coimbra
Luggage transfers
Local transfers
Maps  and GPS device with accurate routes
24 hours suport line
Travel Insurance
A2Z offer and water bottle

Extra Services

6 Box lunches: 60€ (each box lunch include: 2 sandwiches, piece of fruit, juice or water, biscuits or cereal bar, dried fruits)
Guided visit to Coimbra UNESCO heritage site: on request
Guided visit to Aveiro, the portuguese Veneza: on request
Extra night in Coimbra: 60€ per person (sharing double room)
Extra night in Lisboa or Porto: 80€ per person (sharing double room)
Airport transfers: On request


Single Supplement: 250€
This Tour is also possible Guided. Contact us for more information.


book this trip

Please enter the necessary information to proceed with the booking of this trip.

After booking the trip you will be contacted by one of our team members to confirm your trip details and payment procedure.

It is important that the information submitted is as accurate as possible.

Please use the comment field for any special requirement.

* Required Fields
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form
We are specialized in customize walking and biking tours using our expertise about Portugal.
Ask us now to tailor made your tour and we will love to make it unique.