This Schist walking trail extends over 5,1 km through the village surroundings. The route passes by the cliffs of S. Simão, the river beach and through the villages of Além da Ribeira, Ponte do Bras Curado and Saonda. Along the Alge and Fato streams, with their dense riverine vegetation, ancient irrigation canals that once carried water to the water mills can still be found. There is an alternative to this route (PR 1.1) that shortens the walk (total of 2,7 km), and passes through Além da Ribeira, where cereals are still milled by water mills.
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Safety informationBeware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.
Emergency number: 112
SOS Forest fires: 117
Police: 236 559 300
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Tips and hintsThe Aldeia do Xisto of Casal de São Simão only has one street. It is located on one of the quartzite crest flanks that give rise to the cliffs of São Simão, and has the oldest temple in the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos. The village extends along a summit almost parallel to the Alge Stream. The entrance is at the highest point and the town ends where the roughness of the terrain makes further streets impossible.This village has a new community spirit created by people who have restored the houses with their own hands. They are new villagers who have come from the city and brought new life to these parts. Every weekend and whenever they can manage it, they get together in each others’ houses and cooperate over meals, in building works, in socialising.The countless watercourses of this area, with numerous ancient irrigation canals and mills, are all witnesses of men occupation. However, it is still possible to find a few areas of regional vegetation, characterized by Portuguese laurel, royal fern, lady-fern, English oak, European alder, glossy buckthorn and elderberries. The forests of cork oak, chestnut and laurels can still be found on the slopes of the S. Simão cliffs. There is also a rich fauna in the region, with fire salamanders, gold-striped salamanders, the Iberian frog, the Eurasian kingfisher, the black-bellied dipper, the ash-grey heron, and the black redstart. Traces of otters can easily be found in the streams. There are many mammals hidden in the vegetation, in particular foxes, the genet, the Egyptian mongoose, wild cats, the European poleca and least weasels. All these predators are looking for rabbits or a hare.
- Regional sweets (typical cakes from the convent, a legacy of the nuns that remained here until the 19th century)
- Sponge cake
- Sweet chestnuts
- “Pingos de tocha”
- “Queijinhos do céu”
- “Broinhas de casamento”
- Mountain honey (Serra da Lousã Protected Area)
- River fish: black bass, boce, carp, barbel and trout
- Lamb and kid