The Schist Walking Trail of Fajão - Voltinhas do Ceira is a circular route that can be linked with the PR1 – Subida aos Penedos.
Distance 6.4 km
Highest point755 m
Lowest point469 m
The Schist Walking Trail of Fajão - Voltinhas do Ceira is a circular route that can be linked with the PR1 – Subida aos Penedos. The trail starts and ends in the same place, next to the main church in Fajão, descending to the Fajão Bridge, and passing by the Chapel of São Salvador. It crosses the river Ceira and follows its bank on a spectacular trail for about 2 km. Not far from the Cartamil Bridge, the trail returns to Ceira again, along a pontoon, and up the old Calçada das Voltinhas. At this point, it rejoins the PR1.
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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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.
- Goat stew (Chanfana)
- Wild boar
- Local dessert with egg pudding (Tigelada)
- Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce)
Square of the Fajão's Church GPS - 40º 8' 57'' N 7º 55' 24'' W (714 m)
Square of the Fajão's Church GPS - 40º 8' 57'' N 7º 55' 24'' W
The Schist Walking Trail of Fajão - Voltinhas do Ceira starts and ends in the same place, next to the main church in Fajão, and takes you down to the Fajão Bridge, passing by the Chapel of São Salvador. After crossing the river Ceira, you can follow the bank on a trail for about 2 km. You will cross the Ceira again, along a pontoon not far from Cartamil Bridge, and the climb will follow up the old Calçada das Voltinhas. At the end of this walkway, you will find the PR1 Schist Walking Trail of Fajão - Subida aos Penedos. Here you are able to choose: either head to the far end of the village (1.4 km) or enter this route (for another 3 km).