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Walking tour in the portuguese Schist Villages | Guided

Duration 6 Days
Type Guided
Lodging Premium
Ref. Tour: tour009

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.

A 6 days walking village to village proposal, 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!

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Walking Tour 1: Coimbra - Ferraria de São João - Casal de São Simão (5 km / 3 mi | +237 m / +1072 ft)
Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João. Check-in. Transfer from Ferraria de São João to Casal de São Simão (15 minutes). The walk takes place in the surroundings of Casal de São Simão. It goes through Fragas de São Simão river beach and passes through the villages of Além da Ribeira, Ponte do Brascurado and Saonda.
Transfer back to Ferraria de São João.
Overnight in Ferreira de São João.
Day 02
Walking Tour 2: Casal de São Simão | Ferraria de São João (11 km / 7 mi | +675 m / +2214 ft)
Today's walk connects Casal São Simão and Ferraria de São João, both Schist villages. At the end of the walk, you will have the chance to appreciate how the schist and quartz merge in a harmonious way at the beautiful village of Ferraria de São João.
Overnight in Ferraria de São João.
Day 03
Walking Tour 3: Ferraria de São João | Gondramaz (21 km / 13 mi | +812 m / +2664 ft)
Today's walk will take you to the beautiful village of Gondramaz. 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.
Overnight in Gondramaz.
Day 04
Walking Tour 4: Gondramaz | Talasnal (13 km / 8 mi | +674 m / +2211 ft)
Today you will walk from Gondramaz to Talasnal village. Arriving in 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.
Overnight in Talasnal.
Day 05
Walking Tour 5: Talasnal | Lousã | Casal Novo Walking Trail (11 km / 7 mi | +571 m / +1873 ft)
Following Serra da Lousã slopes, this walking trail connects Talasnal to the city of Lousã and the emblematic Schist Village of Casal Novo. You will follow the ancient trails used in the past by local inhabitants to reach Lousã.
Overnight in Lousã.
Day 06
Morning transfer to Coimbra so you can make your own way by train or bus.
Optional: Transfer to Lisbon or Porto.
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Casa do Zé Sapateiro

Patio do Xisto

Casa da Princesa Peralta

Dates & Prices

From 1080,00€/person
Min. 4 participants

More Information


5 accommodations w/ breakfast
1 picnic or box-lunch
Driver guide fluent in English
Van support
Snacks with fresh fruit in walking days
Airport transfers in program days
Maps and documentation
GPS devise, GPS tracks
Museum fees
A2Z offer and water bottle

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