Schist Walking Trails - Set your foot here

The Schist Walking Trails are short walking routes, usually circular, departing and arriving at the same point in the villages. Many tracks are old paths used since ancient times by the village communities, notably by millers, shepherds, farmers, miners, among many others.

These routes are the best way enjoy the rich environment, cultural heritage and landscape of the Aldeias do Xisto. They go through points of ecological importance, traces of the communities' ways of life and their relationship with the land.

All walking routes are certified, have different levels of difficulty and are supported by visible signs that make it possible to safely walk them alone. For the most adventurous, or just for a quiet walk with friends or family.

If we combine all these benefits with a superb gastronomy and accommodation units that will do everything to relax and pamper you after the physical effort, then the invitation remains ... set your foot here!

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Hiking trail
Olive Press Route
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.8 km
Duration 4:15 h
Ascent 537 m
Descent 537 m

The Olive Press Route takes us back in time to visit old olive oil mills, traditionally known as lagares de varas [pole press].

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate Open
Distance 10.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 576 m
Descent 576 m

Circular route that begins and ends in the Aldeia do Xisto of Benfeita, passing through trails of rare, natural beauty and by fantastic waterfalls.

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from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.9 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 276 m
Descent 276 m

Spanning 5 km, the Schist Walking Trail at Casal de São Simão is a winding route that allows visitors to discover the most beautiful places ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.2 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 693 m
Descent 693 m

The Schist Walking Trail of the villages of Góis is a circular route that unites the four Aldeias do Xisto in the municipality of Góis: Aigra Nova, ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.9 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 240 m
Descent 240 m

On the Schist Walking Trail at Ferraria de São João, we discover the hidden gardens that flank the Ferrarias stream, the traditional wells and ...

from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 165 m
Descent 165 m

This Schist Walking Trail allows visitors to view the narrow quelhos and quelhas in Janeiro de Cima, the rocky ridges of the Zêzere, and then takes ...

from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate Open
Distance 5.4 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 420 m
Descent 420 m

The Lousã mountain range sets the scene for this route. As you pass the castle, by the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Piedade and the Aldeias do ...

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from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.5 km
Duration 3:35 h
Ascent 270 m
Descent 270 m

From the Cavalos River to the Mondego River begins in Sevilha. The route takes you to admire waterfalls and to know iconic points of the region, ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.9 km
Duration 4:15 h
Ascent 402 m
Descent 402 m

The route begins and ends in the Aldeia do Xisto of Sarzedas. It passes through streets flanked by blazoned houses, forested and agricultural ...

from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 6.8 km
Duration 2:50 h
Ascent 211 m
Descent 211 m

Discovering the streams follows the old miller’s and farmer’s paths that lead to the watermills and surrounding woodlands of the Galega and the ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 3.8 km
Duration 1:15 h
Ascent 131 m
Descent 131 m

The Schist Walking Trail of Pessegueiro follows the banks of the Loisa Stream. Though the path is short, it is surrounded by superb natural beauty ...

from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 7 km
Duration 2:07 h
Ascent 144 m
Descent 144 m

The route starts at Largo das Festas and heads towards a steep conquest of the Barrocos do Vale Fragoso [Fragoso Valley Rocks], Vale dos Pássaros ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 6.4 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 182 m
Descent 182 m

Figueira Schist Trail - Following The Schist Walls allows you to discover the area surrounding the Figueira Aldeias do Xisto. 

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 885 m
Descent 885 m

Inserted in the Natura 2000 Network, the Baile Trail takes you through the surroundings of Aigra Velha and Pena. The encounter with history, ...

from Aldeias do Xisto,   Aldeias do Xisto
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.1 km
Duration 3:29 h
Ascent 483 m
Descent 483 m

The Schist Walking Trail of Sobral de São Miguel is a circular route spanning about 8 km. It runs from 550 m to 925 m above sea level, with a view ...

from Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR,   Aldeias do Xisto