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Safety informationBe careful as it can be warm in the summer and slippery in the winter.
SOS Emergência: 112
SOS Floresta: 117
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ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 101 873
Tips and hintsLocated in the Açor Mountain, the village of Sobral de São Miguel is a very old settlement that extends along a valley, where the Porsim Stream flows. In this village, we can find a large number of schist houses with their slate roofs. The narrow and winding streets, the stairways, the community ovens, the watermills, the old mills, the fountains, the bridges, the main church, the João dos Santos House Museum and the centenarian cork trees are some of the interesting points worth visiting. During the summer you can find refreshment in the river pool. The local activities are farming, grazing of cattle (goats), beekeeping, forestry and schist exploration.This path relief shows typical features of the mountain morphology, with deep valleys and small streams that, in some cases, dry out in the summer. In this area, the schist prevails in the landscape, flecked with quartz prominences. In one of these cliffs there's the Vale das Vacas waterfall, which was recently voted as one of the Natural Wonders of the Covilhã Municipality. A set of lichens, mosses and other hydrophilic plants form a barrier that covers the quartzite rocks in green. The forest is filled with wild pine trees. Among the indigenous species, the chestnut, the Pyrenean oak, the cork oak and the holmoak stand out. The forest has been losing some importance, giving place to the shrub vegetation such as: heather, gorse, broom, arbutus and headsman.
- Queijo Corno (goat cheese)
- Brulhão (Goat stomach filled with pig meat mixture)
- Versas (beans and cabbage)
- Tigelada (Baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon)
- Corn bread
- Guleimas/Picas (a kind of bread with onions, cod, meat or sardines)
- Arbutus Berry and honey liquors