Walk: Schists villages

The eight day hike *Schist villages* begins in the rural Quinta no Pinhal with greenery and a lovely swimming pool and ends in the ancient university city of Coimbra.

From € 375 p.p.

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Alg_011Included

  • 7x overnight stay included breakfast
  • 6x lunchpackage
  • luggage transport
  • route descriptions with personal information
  • route maps
  • transport from start to finish
  • 3 days guided tour (if you want)


Bergdorp PIODAOIn the meantime you will experience an adventure that will bring you through and along the hills of the Serra da Lousã, along schist villages, streams and springs and old restored windmills. After all the overwhelming nature you can relax in the ancient city of Coimbra.


Day 1

Zwembad met overdekte  buitenruimte QNPYou will be welcomed at “Quinta no Pinhal”.


Day 2

IMG_0560aTheme Windmills. You will be brought to Ponte da Mucela where the walking tour starts. From there you will be walking to Penacova passing through Serra da Atalhada. On the way you will pass by 21 restored mills that are used as residence. Overnight stay: Quinta no Pinhal


Day 3

Dag3_IMG_2029You will be brought to the church in Lousã. Lousã is located at the foot of the hills of the ´Serra de Lousã´. The top of the green hills goes to 1,200m. You will walk across original forest roads and pass by the oldest hydro power plant in Portugal. The levadas (feed channels filled with water for the power plant) show you the way as it was. Overnight stay: Quintal de Além do Ribeiro.

Day 4

aldeias de xistoTheme: Schist villages of the Serra da Lousã
You go to the Castelo (castle) and take a walk along the schist villages, There is a choice of two walks: or take a walk through the beuatifully restored partially abandoned villages, or go to the west side of the park, through a wooded area and two inhabited villages, Casal Novo e Talasnal. Overnight stay: Quintal de Além do Ribeiro


Day 5

Quinta 2Theme water
You will be taken to the source of the river Ceira and make a walking tour along and sometimes (for those who want it) through the river Ceira. You will stay in the guesthouse Casa Santo Antonio, located in the pleasant village Góis.


Day 6

Dag6_IMG_3299Theme Schist villages
You make a trip along the Aldeias de Xisto (slate villages) in Góis. Overnight stay: Casa Santo Antonio.


Day 7

COIMBRA aquaductCoimbra You go by bus or taxi to Coimbra and take a walk through this ancient university town (UNESCO World Heritage) and for those who want to visit a fado concert at À Capella. Overnight stay: Hotel Astoria


Day 8

After your breakfast the walking holiday will end. 

Equipment

We advise you to bring an extra pair of training shoes for the guided walking tour which partly goes through the river


Extra days


It is possible to book an extra day at all of the Quintas. In Vila Nova de Poiares you will have the opportunity to book a cano trip at the river Mondego. Or just stay and relax at one of the lovely Quintas.

Environment

In this region, called the Pinhal Interior, because of the great number of pine trees, also exist a lot of olive orchards, eucalyptus and citrus trees but also cork oaks and of course the big amount of "vinhas" vineyards. In spring the mimosa with it´s typical yellow sweet smelling flowers decorates this region. Often you will meet the peasant cart with the dunkey. A lot of the portugese people here live of agriculture. In the summer there are a lot of markets and festivals with music and dancing to honour the saint.

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