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Tips and hintsSarzedas, former town and seat of the Municipality, is the only Aldeia do Xisto to have a noble title awarded. The Pillory, the Village square (Largo), Churches and Chapels, stand out in an urban fabric with beautifully designed grandiose houses that vouch for the importance of History. In Alto de São Jacinto, by the Mother church, the Steeple with its Bell Tower – which remained from the old Church over Outeiro – rises in solitary pride over the village.
All along the route we see a variety of species of plants that are typical of Mediterranean flora, including olive, cork oak and oak trees, strawberry trees, vines, heather, rosemary and cistus shrubs, as well as small herbaceous plants that bring so much colour to spring. In both the autumn and spring there is also a great variety of wild mushrooms.
The route crosses an extremely rural area, so vegetable plots and well tended farmlands are also common, especially close to the water courses. Some of the trees along this route hold centuries of stories they could tell. Hunting is important in this area, and the local authorities have invested heavily, ensuring species such as the rabbit, partridge, fox and wild boar are abundant, as are some species of birds of prey.
Of particular interest is the Vale da Santa valley, which, especially in spring, is filled with colour from all the wild flowers creating a really relaxing environment. The numerous water courses that cross the parish have been central to the development of the different activities and trades of the population. For example, over time the river Ocreza, and the streams of Alvito and Magueija have been directly connected to the mills and fulling mills (for working with linen), to the olive oil presses and the agricultural and grazing economies. ining activities started in the XIX Century, with the extraction of gold (the oureyros) and some tungsten mines (Gatas, Pomar, Azenha de Cima, Santa). The tungsten mines in Gatas and in Vale da Santa were particularly productive during the Second World War and today you can still find the ore washing building in ruins, as well as the extraction wells.
- Traditional sausages
- Olive oil (tibornas)
- Egg pudding
- Rice pudding
- Dry cakes