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E-Bike Tour in the Schist Villages - 5 Days

Duration 5 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

Come and explore stunning landscapes and mysterious villages through rural paths and secondary roads.

At your own pace, with the help of an electric bicycle, discover this vibrant natural area and its regional traditions. Explore the Schist Villages with their hidden treasures, crossing beautiful river beaches and places where centuries of history, tradition and landscape remain preserved. Located between Lisbon and Porto, and accessible through Coimbra, Guarda or Castelo Branco, the Villages quickly transport you to another world. In this journey, you will cycle from village to village, staying overnight in some of the 27 Schist Villages. The route goes through forested areas, river beaches, the epic rise of Lousã, and crosses streams in places with stunning landscapes! You will be surprised by some of the secrets that the locals have to share.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Ferraria de São João
Check-in and Briefing.
Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 02
Route 1: Loop in Ferraria de São João (35 km)
On this first cycling day, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the typical routes of shale. In addition to vibrant nature, you will have the opportunity to visit the Casal de São Simão and the Fragas de São Simão footbridge, not missing the opportunity to cool off on the river beach that you find here. The return to Ferraria de São João is demanding, but with the use of its auxiliary engine, you will have a fun time and arrive full of energy and satisfaction from a day well spent.
Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 03
Route 2: Ferraria de São João - Gondramaz - Cerdeira (44 km)
Today's destination is Cerdeira, with a lot to discover along the way.
Take advantage of the passage through Gondramaz to get to know this peaceful village. Notable for the specific colour of the shale that surrounds us from head to toe, and where even the path on which we walk is an example of the best-handcrafted stonework. Here, artisans still create charming figures that are the hallmark of these mountains and bear the name of the master craftsman, taking the name of the village far beyond Portugal.
Overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 04
Route 3: Loop Cerdeira (32.9 km)
Today's Loop runs through several villages in one route. The villages of Talasnal, Chiqueiro and Casal Novo are the points of interest today, and exploring them represents immersing yourself in the magical world of the Serra da Lousã, with its splendid vegetation where deer, wild boars and many other species live, some of them rare and protected. Here, nature is sovereign!
Overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 05
Route 3: Loop Trevim (31.5 km)
An epic climb is today's challenge, intending to reach Alto de Trevim where, on days of good visibility, it is possible to see as far away as the Atlantic Ocean and even Alentejo! With the altitude rising, the landscape begins to change little by little. The vegetation is less exuberant, there are more clearings and the first wind farms appear, which will accompany us to the highest point. Here it is important to take a moment to admire the view and enjoy the fantastic Swing of Trevim, for the courageous ones.
Transfer to Ferraria de São João.
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Dates & Prices

From 362,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

*Starting on Sundays

More Information


4 nights in a selected accommodation with breakfast included
24-hour helpline
Maps and routes (using the "Ride with GPS" app on your phone)
Personal accident insurance
Electric Bike Rental **
Transfer Cerdeira - Ferraria de São João (Day 5)

** There are several sizes of electric bicycles for the whole family from 7 years old (and before that they can go in a car seat or trailer).

For more information about lodgings please contact us!

Extra Services:

Electric bicycle rental for children (50 € / day)
Dinners (90 € / person)
Box-Lunch (40 € / person)
Baggage transfers (50 € / person)
Workshops (50 € / person)

Not Included:

Transfers from and to the airport;
Personal equipment
Other personal expenses
All items not mentioned in “included”

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