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Tips and hintsThrough the 7km of the Porto de Vacas Schist Trail you will see some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Zêzere River, of the Açor Mountain and of the surrounding forest. The panoramic views over this regions quartzite ridges, of the Santa Luzia Dam, of the Penedo Mosqueiro and of the Penedo Barroco are extraordinary and some of them are geologic world heritage sites.The fauna and the vegetation are good examples of this regions wildlife. The seasons provide different aspects of the landscape, but above all the great attractions for all nature lovers are the river rhythms and meanders, the sounds of the birds and the chance to see a deer at the Canal slopes. But also worthy of attention is the rural aspect of the landscape, like the milldams and the old watermills and also Vale de Muro, a unique example of a schist terrace. All the life of the village revolves around the Zêzere River. Representations of this are the old weir which culminates in the old ruins of the mills, in the new mini-hydraulic station with its weir and bridge that the April Revolution brought as the main infrastructure link between the banks of the Zêzere. But there is no doubt that it is the memory of the public ferry, which carried people and animals, that gives greater identity to the community. Of note is the enormous evocative mural in Largo das Festas, the starting point of the route. This very hospitable village has strong traditions that are still very much alive to this day, especially in the Feast in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos, on the second weekend of August, and in the traditional New Year, when Janeiras (January traditional songs) are sung and you can delight in a wonderful outpouring of people. We highlight as patrimonial heritage of this shared rurality is the old schist oven, the São Miguel chapel, the Social Club and the old primary school.
- Maranho (Goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture)
- Chanfana (Goat stewed in red wine)
- River fish
- Tigelada (Baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon)
- Arroz Doce (Sweet rice pudding)
- Olive oil cake