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Safety informationBeware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
GNR Vila de Rei (police): (+351) 274 898 179
ADXTUR- Aldeias do Xisto Network: (+351) 275 647 700 | (+351) 960 101 873
Tips and hintsÁgua Formosa is a small village in the Municipality of Vila de Rei (Beira Baixa), characterised by a central nucleus of houses built of schist and separated by narrow streets, located in a narrow valley on the banks of the Galega stream. In recent years the village has been undergoing redevelopment, many houses have been restored or rebuilt and the roads have been repaved. As well as the great interest of the natural landscape around the village, it is also worth mentioning that nearby (1500m) there is an area of Conheiras that bear witness to the ancient gold-mining holdings that date back to the time of the Roman occupation. Given that Água Formosa is the Schist village that is closest to Lisbon it may be considered as a real gateway to the mysterious and enchanted Territory of Schist. Água Formosa is home to a riverside gallery of incredible beauty, where black alder, poplars and willows are of particular note, alongside other typical Mediterranean flora species, such as the strawberry tree, the common myrtle, the butcher’s broom, the common hawthorn, the mastic tree, French lavender, the gum cistus, the salvia cistus and the rock rose. As well as this vegetation, the surrounding area also has many plant species associated with the significant rocky outcrops and other plant species found on the banks of the ponds, watermills and irrigation canals all along the Galega stream. There is interesting wildlife too, you may glimpse the emblematic kingfisher, or the timid red squirrel which finds perfect conditions in the region. The route also offers many excellent opportunities for bird watching.
- Migas (bread stew)
- Maranho (Goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture)
- Bucho Recheado (stuffed pig’s stomach)
- Roast kid
- Bacalhau à Cobra (salt cod)
- Cozido à Portuguesa (Portuguese stew)
- Smoked sausages
- Tigelada (Baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon)