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The 7 Schist Villages Walking Tour provided by We Love Small Hotels Tours

The 7 Schist Villages Walking Tour

The 7 Schist Villages Walking Tour
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About
Visit 7 incredible schist villages in the center of Portugal and discover beautiful river beaches, hidden forests and authentic people. This off-the-beaten track will lead you through typical villages that were built around this dazzling landscape. You can expect forest and mountain views, nature all around you and the experience to go deep in these villages, meeting the few people that still live there. Take the opportunity to taste the local gastronomy. Your adventure will end in Coimbra, an important city, known for its academic life and historical heritage dating back to the Roman Era.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
Day 1: Arrival and discover the first villages A transfer will take you to Ferraria São João, your first schist village, right in the centre of Portugal to Vale do Ninho Nature Houses. Full tour biefing, followed by a short transfer and a walking loop in Casal São Simão. Relax at Fragas river beach and/or visit the village. Transfer to back. Dinner and overnight at Vale do Ninho Nature Houses. Day 2: Goat Cheese Workshop  Start the day with a Fresh Goat Cheese making workshop where you will milk the goats with a local shepherdess and learn all the manual process to produce the local cheese that you can taste later in the day. In the meantime, do a walking loop starting at your house door. Dinner and overnight at Vale do Ninho Nature Houses.(7km; -547m +238m, 3 hours with extra 1 hour option) Day 3: Ferraria Schist Village to Grandamaz The walking is from Ferraria to Gondramaz passing by Louçainha Fluvial Beach mid-way where you can swim or have a snack at the local restaurant. There is a good chance to see some wild deer on the ascent to the mountain ridge while having a top view over your destination village, Gondramaz. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Whisper Houses.(20km; +850m -900m; optional shorter option with 5 min transfer) Day 4: The Lousã Mountain The trail is between Gondramaz and Talasnal village. This trail is shady and marked by the entrance in the typical forest of the Lousã Mountain core area. In the end of the walk you will find Talasnal, one of the most famous schist villages. Transfer back; dinner and overnight at Mountain Whisper Houses.(11,5km; +705m -828m)  Day 5: The highest point of Lousã  After a transfer to Talasnal where you will start walking towards Cerdeira village by a single track cutting the slope of the mountain and passing by typical villages including Candal. Ater Cerdeira, the highest point of Lousã Mountain (1241m). Dinner and overnight at Cerdeira Village.(10km; +970m -739m) Day 6: Schist miniatures houses and cooking workshop Cerdeira is an artistic village, where artists stay for periods, to create and inspire themselves. It is a magical place, fully integrated with nature, where wood, stone and pottery craft work is done. In here you will have a Schist House Miniatures workshop. Free afternoon. At night you have a cookery lesson. Overnight at Cerdeira Village. Day 7: Last Day at Lousã Walk from Cerdeira down to Lousã Castle by the levada (waterway) and find Senhora da Piedade fluvial beach. Transfer to Coimbra and overnight at Sapientia Boutique Hotel.(7Km; +280m -686m) Day 8: Coimbra Enjoy a free day to visit Coimbra UNESCO heritage sites, the university with more than 700 years old. We will transfers you to the airport.    
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Important information
Inclusions
7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast; • 7 dinners (drinks not included) • Picnic to go on the acticity days; • Workshop of fresh goat cheese or instead bread making; • Chanfana cookery lesson; • GPS tracks and device; • Transfer of luggage between accommodations; • Travel insurance; • Transfers from/to airport. • Breakfast • Snacks
Exclusions
Other meals, Extra activities.
Duration
8 days
Departure details
Location Name: We will transfer you from Lisbon airport to  Ferraria São João, your first schist village, where you will be fully briefed and provided with Gps, mobile phone and detailed booklet with information.This will be followed by a short transfer and a walking loop in Casal São Simão.
Lisbon, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central Portugal
Inclusions
7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast; • 7 dinners (drinks not included) • Picnic to go on the acticity days; • Workshop of fresh goat cheese or instead bread making; • Chanfana cookery lesson; • GPS tracks and device; • Transfer of luggage between accommodations; • Travel insurance; • Transfers from/to airport. • Breakfast • Snacks
Exclusions
Other meals, Extra activities.
Departure details
Location Name: We will transfer you from Lisbon airport to  Ferraria São João, your first schist village, where you will be fully briefed and provided with Gps, mobile phone and detailed booklet with information.This will be followed by a short transfer and a walking loop in Casal São Simão.
Lisbon, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central Portugal
Duration
8 days
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Just perfect!
My daughter and I did this trip in June 2019. For us it turned out to be a 10 out of 10: the whole journey was extremely well designed with an eye for detail. Our individual wishes (e.g. vegetarian meals) were always accommodated for. You get to know the schist villages, their heritage and the locals in a very intimate way by living in 3 very different villages with different accomodations. All were lovely and chosen to give you an impression of the variety of schist village culture and tradition. The walking tours took us deep into breathtaking nature, securely guided by a (very functional and intuitive) GPS that we received in the first location. The tours are not super easy but definitely manageable with an average fitness level and for the longer days, there is always an option to take a shortcut if preferred. Laura from „We love small hotels" was there to help us with anything at any time before and during the trip. We strongly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a holiday that is relaxing and active at the same time and that takes you away from the tourist crowds - we barely came across any other people during our hikes. The project of opening up the schist villages to the public but at the same time maintaining their unique charm has really been successful in our opinion! The last day in Coimbra is another highlight: the Sapientia Hotel seems the best place to stay in the whole city and is just a stone‘s throw away from the University with its world heritage library. All in all, we will certainly come back to book another adventure with this outstanding agency.
Written 10 July 2019
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You have really made our day! Many thanks for your support and your kind words, but above all, we are very happy that you have enjoyed Portugal. We really hope to welcome you back! All the best from us to you!
Written 10 July 2019
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