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PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails – Climbing the cliffs

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Starting and ending at the Aldeia do Xisto of Fajão, the Subida aos Penedos trail goes through the Açor Mountain Range Nature Network, where the largest population of Portuguese laurel in the country is located. 
moderate
Distance 4.1 km
2:30 h
318 m
318 m
865 m
621 m
This Fajão Schist Trail starts and finishes on the village church square. There is an alternative route (optional shortcut way marked PR1.1) which shortens the walk in one third of its length. The route takes you to the classified nature reserve of the Serra do Açor. The path goes around one of the valley slopes carved by the Ceira river, and then climbs to the top of the cliffs of Penalva. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The final section of the route drops to the village of Fajão, which appears amongst the crags of the rugged mountains. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the landscapes, the mountains and the vegetation that surrounds Fajão and stroll through the streets of this Aldeia do Xisto.

 

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Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR
Update: July 06, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
865 m
Lowest point
621 m
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Rest stops

Aldeia do Xisto de Fajão
Casas do Rio

Safety information

Be careful of heat in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.

 

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergência: 112

SOS Floresta: 117

GNR (police) Pampilhosa da Serra: (+351) 235 590 100

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 101 873 

Tips and hints

The Serra da Açor mountain range includes a Natura Network Site with a substantial population of Portuguese laurel. These mountains have the largest populations of Portuguese laurel in the country, mainly in the Margaraça Forest. This relic specie has lingered in the forest since the Tertiary times. It is similar to the Laurissilva forest of Madeira Island. Its name comes from the predominance of evergreen species similar to the laurel and Portuguese laurel. In Fajão the Portuguese laurel is associated with an abundant vegetation of oak, cork and chestnut trees. This association of plants in a forest is extremely rare. In the quartzite outcrops there are more rare species of flora.Fajão is one of the ten parishes of the district of Pampilhosa da Serra. It's surrounded by mountains and located in a strategic crossroad between the region of Beira Baixa and the other Beira regions. Therefore it's not surprising that it became an important stopping point for commerce caravans and other visitors who went there to do business or to stay overnight.The village maintains strong traditions and its heritage schist buildings. The use of these stones is more evident at the centre of the village where it has been used to build the houses, the roads, the former town hall, the jail and the museum of Bishop Nunes Pereira.

 

Gastronomy

- Honey

- Goat stew (Chanfana)

- Wild boar

- Kid

- Local dessert with egg pudding (Tigelada)

- Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce)

 

Start

Square of the Fajão's Church GPS - 40º 8' 57'' N 7º 55' 24'' W (723 m)
Coordinates:
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40.149097, -7.923223
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40°08'56.7"N 7°55'23.6"W
UTM
29T 591714 4444861
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Destination

Square of the Fajão's Church GPS - 40º 8' 57'' N 7º 55' 24'' W

Turn-by-turn directions

This Fajão Schist Trail starts and finishes on the village church square. It sets off in an anti-clockwise direction, and follows the main road out of the village, descending towards the river Ceira valley, through narrow paths surrounded by pine trees. It then joins a cobble-stoned hill for a while before turning left to go around the steep slope above the valley, with stunning panoramic views of the Ceira river. The middle section of this route stands out for a climb on a narrow path through large blocks of quartzite. Halfway up the climb is the Moorish chapel or church. It's nothing more than a cave dug out on the cliff, but its name remind us of the people who lived in these lands many years ago. This steeper section of the climb ends at the Alto do Carvalhinho, where we take the alternative route PR 1.1 again. Further ahead the climb is more gently along a track towards the cliffs of Penalva (the highest point of the route). This excellent viewpoint show us the Serra do Açor and the village of Fajão which appears amongst the crags of the rugged mountains. The route continues downwards to the Church square, after passing through the narrow village streets. ALTERNATIVE PR 1.1 PSR. This alternative route separates from the main route immediately after leaving the village, and rejoins the main route at Alto do Carvalhinho. It takes a more direct path and avoids the steepest sections. It follows a narrow path that climbs gradually around the terraces of the old vineyards that used to cover these hillsides in the past. 

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Coordinates

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40.149097, -7.923223
DMS
40°08'56.7"N 7°55'23.6"W
UTM
29T 591714 4444861
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.1 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
318 m
Descent
318 m
Highest point
865 m
Lowest point
621 m

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