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E-bike Tour in the Schist Villages of Portugal

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
distance 239 km
Lodging Comfort

Cycle and explore hidden treasures in Central Portugal, passing by beautiful river beaches and where centuries of History, tradition, and landscape remain preserved. Discover the traditions of inhabitants at your own pace with the assistance of an e-bike.

Located between Lisbon and Oporto and accessible through Coimbra, Guarda or Castelo Branco, the Schist Villages of Portugal quickly transport you into another world.
In this traverse you will bike village to village, sleeping in some of the 27 Schist Villages of Central Portugal. The route pass by forest areas, fluvial beaches, climb Lousã, crossing several important rivers and breathtaking landscapes! And believe it, you will be surprised by some secrets that the local inhabitants keep for you.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Coimbra and transfer to Ferraria de São João
The scenic and cultural richness of the village is all too evident. The mutual support and close relations between the inhabitants are the inheritance of a deeply rural nature. Nevertheless, this is something that is not frozen in time.
In the afternoon you will have opportunity to do a Fresh Goat Cheese Making Workshop.
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 02
Cycling Route 1: Loop Ferraria de São João (53 km / 33 mi)
Today’s bike ride will take you to different villages of this region. Before the end of the ride, you will get to know Casal de São Simão. In this village, you will have the chance to refresh yourself at the fluvial beach of Fragas de S. Simão that is just a few minutes away.
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.
Day 03
Cycling Route 2: Ferraria de São João | Gondramaz (47 km / 29 mi)
The destination of the day is Gondramaz, but before you will get to know the Village of Penela and visit its Castle. Also in this ride you have the chance to relax and refresh in Louçainha river beach, a green spot where absolute tranquillity prevails.
Dinner and Overnight at Gondramaz​.
Day 04
Cycling Route 3: Loop Gondramaz - Castanheira de Pêra - Coentral - Gondramaz (56 km / 34.8 mi)
Today you will cycle a loop between Gondramaz and Castanheira de Pêra. Castanheira de Pera is friendly village in the authentic, rural countryside of Portugal. In the 19th century Castanheira de Pera used to be well known for its wool industry. However, due to serious crisis the industry shut its doors. A museum is situated in the village where you can get to know the former wool industry of Castanheira de Pera.
Along the day, you will have the opportunity to enjoy memorables landscapes in several viewpoints.
Dinner and Overnight at Gondramaz.
Day 05
Cycling Route 4: Gondramaz | Cerdeira (38 km / 23.6 mi)
Leaving Gondramaz behind, today you will cycle to Cerdeira Village, passing by Casal Novo and Talasnal Schist Villages. Hidden away in a small valley 700 meters above sea level, Cerdeira has the purpose of give life to an old village, to create conditions for it to be a place of contemplation and artistic creation, learning and intersection between people of different cultures and knowledge, providing quality accommodation, suggesting ideas and itineraries to know the surrounding region.
Dinner and Overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 06
Cycling Route 5: Loop Cerdeira - Candal - Lousã - Comareira - Aigra Nova - Pena - Cerdeira (64 km / 39.7 mi)
The last ride will take you along Lousã Mountain Range and you´ll be able to visit some more portuguese schist villages, such as Candal, where you will start climbing on a trail that will take you very near to the highest point of the Lousã Mountain, the Trevim (1204 m/3950 ft).
Descending towards the village of Góis, you will find the Aigra Nova and Aigra Velha schist villages. before arriving to Cerdeira, you will cross the Schist village of Pena.
Dinner and Overnight at Cerdeira.
Day 07
Transfer from Cerdeira Village to Coimbra
End of Services.
Take the train to Porto or Lisbon (optional Private Transfer on request).
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Dates & Prices

From 1054,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Normal Season: (01stJanuary - 30thJune & 01stSeptember - 31stDecember) (*Starting on Sundays)

Single Supplement: 390€

More Information


6 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations;
Briefing with an A2Z Guide;
Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João;
Transfer from Cerdeira Village to Coimbra;
5 Lunchboxes;
6 Dinners;
Local transfers necessary for the itinerary;
Fresh Goat Cheese Making Workshop;
Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
24 hours support line;
E-Bike rental with pannier rack, pannier or handlebar bag, locker, quick repair kit;
5 Bike Rides;
Maps and documentation with detailed route descriptions;
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone);
Personal Accident Insurance.
A2Z Offer

*For more information about lodgings please contact us!

Extra Services:

Guided visit to Coimbra UNESCO heritage site: on request
Guided visit to Aveiro, the Portuguese Veneza: on request
Extra night at Cerdeira Village; or in Coimbra; Lisboa or Porto: on request
Miniature Schist Houses Building Workshop: 80€ (2pax)
Traditional Portuguese Cuisine (Chanfana) Workshop: 80€ (2pax)
Airport transfers: On request
Helmet rental: 20€
Helmet (buy): 110€
Gel pad for the saddle: 12€
GPS device rental: 50€
Smartphone rental with RWGPS + Phone holder: 40€
Powerbank rental: 15€
Bag (Handlebar or Pannier) rental: 12€ (the trip includes one of these pieces)

Not Included:

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


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