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Cultural Tour in the Portuguese Schist Villages

Duration 5 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

After walking amidst the mountains and rivers that lead to the Schist Villages of Portugal, the feeling of having discover hidden treasures lingers with us. Located between Porto and Lisbon, either entering through Coimbra, Guarda or Castelo Branco, in just a few moments, one is transported to another world, secular, where the trails that connect village to village are still the same one´s used centuries ago, and where the landscape, culture and traditions are preserved.

Our Proposal: An offer to explore some of the more idyllic and picturesque Schist Villages, combined with traditional activities that were and still are the livelihood of these humble villages. Some of our suggestions include making fresh goat´s cheese; bread on a firewood oven, constructions in wood and clay, among others, which are just a few activities that will enrich your week in the deep and rural Centre of Portugal.
Let yourself be amazed with the Schist trail and its small mountain villages, where you can also discover traditional flavours and wisdom. You will be staying in remodelled Stone Houses, transformed into comfortable tourism accommodations, surrounded by nature in all its splendour. A trip back in time that you won´t forget soon!

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Coimbra
Make your own way to Coimbra or we can arrange a private transfer (optional) /  Transfer to the Schist Village of Ferraria de São João.
Short Loop of Ferraria de São João (2 km | 1.25 mi)
Visit to the village of Schist of Ferraria de São João, community corrals and other points of interest of this picturesque village.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 02
Oven-baked Bread Making and Fresh Goat Cheese Making Workshops 
You will have the opportunity to learn some traditions, while enjoying a fun demonstration of the bread making process in a wood oven, as well as creating Fresh Goat Cheese to accompany it.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 03
Schist Villages of Talasnal and Candal
Transfers to the villages of Talasnal and to Candal
Talasnal has long been known for its charisma, size and disposition, but also for the many details of their restored homes. The fountains, the water pots and the houses adorned with the branches of the vines will accompany our visit. The main lane follows the steep slope on a steep path. From this, several alleys are created, creating a fun labyrinth for everyone to explore.
Transfer to the village of Candal, where you have two options: 
Option 1: you can enjoy a little bit of nature and go on a hiking route Candal - Cerdeira (2,5km | 1.5 mi)
or Option 2: Transfer directly to Cerdeira

Clay/Wood Building Workshop
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight Cerdeira.
Day 04
Schist Village of Cerdeira
In the morning you will enjoy learning Traditional Portuguese Cuisine (Chanfana) Workshop, which will also be your dinner tonight.
Free time to relax and enjoy such a beautiful and picturesque village.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight Cerdeira.
Day 05
Transfer back to Coimbra. / End of services.
Make your own way or we can arrange a Private Transfer from Coimbra to Lisbon/Porto (optional)
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Dates & Prices

From 750,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants (Starting on Sundays*)

Normal season (01stJanuary - 30thJune & 01stSeptember - 31stDecember)
Single Supplement: 270€
Solo Traveller Supplement: 400€
3rd Person Supplement **: 445€

*other days: on request
** extra bed on the same room/house
***Guided Version possible

More Information

  • 4 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations;
  • Briefing with an A2Z Guide;
  • Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João and from Cerdeira to Coimbra;
  • 4 Lunchboxes and 4 Dinners;
  • Local transfers necessary for the itinerary;
  • Workshops: Fresh Goat Cheese Making; Miniature Schist Houses Building; Traditional Portuguese Cuisine (Chanfana); Clay/Wood Building; Oven-baked Bread Making;
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • 24 hours support line;
  • App on your phone with maps, GPS tracks and descriptions of stages;
  • Personal Accident Insurance.
  • A2Z Offer

Extra services:
  • Guided visit to Coimbra, Aveiro or Porto: on request
  • Extra night at Cerdeira, Coimbra; Lisboa or Porto: on request
  • Transfer to and from Airport (Lisbon/Porto): On request

Not included:
  • Transfers from and to airport;
  • Personal equipment;
  • Other personal expenses;
  • Touristic taxes;
  • All item not mentioned in “included”.

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