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Schist Walking Trail of Aldeia das Dez 2 - Imperial route

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The Imperial Route departs from Aldeia das Dez towards Avô. It follows the ancient Roman pavement and cultivated fields that take us back in time.
Distance 11.7 km
3:35 h
541 m
541 m
566 m
220 m
The route begins in Largo Alfredo Duarte in Aldeia das Dez. It follows the old Roman road, passing by farming fields that will take you back in time. You’ll see the Santa Maria do Mosteiro Chapel and, further ahead, Nossa Senhora dos Anjos Chapel. The route continues up some steps that give access to the Castle then over the bridge and you can see the Ilha do Picoto River Beach on the right. It then follows the old Roman road as far as the São Pedro Chapel. Going down to Avô, you’ll cross the Pomares river and then take the old road that will bring you to Aldeia das Dez. 

Author’s recommendation

Climb up to Colcurinho and visit the Sanctuary of N. Sra. das Preces [Our Lady of Prayers]. Marvel at the landscapes that make Aldeia das Dez the “viewpoint village”.


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Update: February 11, 2021
Highest point
566 m
Lowest point
220 m
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Rest stops

Aldeia do Xisto de Aldeia das Dez
Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia
Avô River Beach
João Brandão
Quinta da Moenda
Casa da Eira de Cima
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Vila Cova de Alva
Quinta da Palmeira – Country House Retreat & Spa
São Sebastião da Feira River Beach
Alvoco das Várzeas River Beach
Varandas de Avô Viewpoint
Pomares River Beach

Safety information

Be careful as it can be warm in the summer and slippery in the winter.


Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

GNR (police): 238 60 44 44

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

Tips and hints

This route passes by Aldeia das Dez and Avô, two parishes of the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital, in the district of Coimbra. The Schist Walking Trail of Aldeia das Dez - Rota Imperial [Imperial Route] passes through Aldeia das Dez and Avô, two civil parishes in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital. The landscapes that open up from Aldeia das Dez earned it the moniker of the “viewpoint village”. Built predominantly in granite, this Aldeia do Xisto has an impressive built heritage, the main church in particular, where the gilded woodcuts tell us about the many carvers and gilders who lived in this village. The Mount Colcurinho is located in Açor mountain range at 1242 meters and is part of the Parish of Aldeia das Dez. Its name dates back, depending on the version, to the presence of the Romans and “Lusitanos”. This hill was formed approximately 600 million years ago together with the Estrela mountain range. Geologically it is essentially formed by schist. It is a place of rare beauty that comes from the vast horizon that extends to from Estrela to Caramulo and from Montemuro and Açor mountains range. It's probably one of the best places to watch the sun rise and the sun set. At the top of the hill is the chapel of Nª Sr.ª das Necessidades, which is part of the sanctuary of Nª Sr.ª das Preces.Avô is located in between the slopes of the mountains Mendacha and Almoinhos. The origin of the aristocratic and noble village of Avô is lost in the mists of time and fades away in the smoke of tradition. However, some historians attribute to the Turduli its foundation in 500 BC.



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"Largo da Rua dos Entalhadores, Aldeia das Dez. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality 40º17.720´N 007º51.957´W " (452 m)
40.295350, -7.865964
40°17'43.3"N 7°51'57.5"W
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"Largo da Rua dos Entalhadores, Aldeia das Dez. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality 40º17.720´N 007º51.957´W "

Turn-by-turn directions

Route starting at the square Alfredo Duarte, in the Aldeia das Dez village. Follow the main road until we find signs that tells us to turn left. At this point the path splits. We pass by the old Roman road and also fields of crops that take us to travel back in time. At the crossroads we head to the left, sighting the Santa Maria monastery. Following on the banks of the Rio Alva, we pass beside the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels and reach the center of Avô. At the intersection go straight ahead by the stairs that lead to the Chapel of S. Michael and to the Castle. Continue through the Pelourinho square, turn right and onto the main road. When crossing the bridge, we see on the right the Island's Picoto river beach. We turn left onto a cobblestone street that connects to the ancient Roman road and where stands the chapel of S. Pedro on the right. The route follows to the left and descends towards Avô village. We turn right after a stone wall of a house and go down a trail that offers spectacular views over the village of Avô. Passing by the bridge over the Pomares stream, turn right and the route reaches an intersection. Turn right a go through a narrow cobblestone street that goes up to the Aldeias das Dez village. Pass by a small trail that will take to a dirt road. We continue through Tapadas area, recently populated with luxury houses, and follow an old trail that once connected the villages Aldeia das Dez and Avô. 


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40.295350, -7.865964
40°17'43.3"N 7°51'57.5"W
29T 596383 4461156
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11.7 km
3:35 h
541 m
541 m
Highest point
566 m
Lowest point
220 m


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