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Schist Walking Trail of Aldeia das Dez 3 – The Footprint of the Ermit

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The Schist Walking Trail of Aldeia das Dez - Nos Passos do Ermitão [In the Hermit’s Footsteps], passes through Aldeia das Dez, São Sebastião da Feira and Santa Ovaia as well as other places that take you back in time.
easy
Distance 9.7 km
2:50 h
331 m
331 m
Route starting at the square Alfredo Duarte, in the Aldeia das Dez village. We pass by the old Roman road and also fields of crops that take us to travel back in time. Head towards Ponte das Três Entradas, passing in areas where the spectacular chestnut tree predominates. Pass over a bridge that is unique in Portugal. Continue to São Sebastião da Feira through a spectacular trail that follows the riverbank of river Alva. Return through the same path towards Ponte das Três das Entradas and follow the paved road and then then old trail to the Aldeia das Dez village. 

Author’s recommendation

Go up to Colcurinho and marvel at the landscapes that make Aldeia das Dez the “viewpoint village”. Learn about the Três Entradas [Three Entries] Bridge, the only one of its kind in the country.

 

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Updated: July 23, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
470 m
Lowest point
235 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Church of São Bartolomeu
Aldeia do Xisto de Aldeia das Dez
Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
Pomares River Beach
Alvoco das Várzeas River Beach
Avô River Beach
João Brandão
Quinta da Moenda
Casa da Eira de Cima

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

The Schist Walking Trail of Aldeia das Dez - Nos Passos do Ermitão [In the Hermit’s Footsteps] passes through Aldeia das Dez, São Sebastião da Feira and Santa Ovaia, three 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. São Sebastião da Feira is situated on the riverbank of Alva river, which within its limits features a whimsical inverted "S" shape, known locally as the Castle Bow, which is indeed one of the most beautiful places in the region. 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.

 

Gastronomy

- River fishes

- Local deserts

- Roasted goat

- Greaves

- Evergreen strawberry tree brandy

- Sponge cake

- Rice pudding

 

Start

"Largo da Rua dos Entalhadores, Aldeia das Dez. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality 40º17.720´N 007º51.957´W " (453 m)
Coordinates:
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40.295341, -7.865977
DMS
40°17'43.2"N 7°51'57.5"W
UTM
29T 596382 4461155
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Destination

"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. The exit of the village is common to the PR2. We pass by the old Roman road and also fields of crops that take us to travel back in time. At the crossroads head to the right towards Ponte das Três Entradas, passing in areas where the spectacular chestnut tree, which is abundant in the region, predominates. We reached the tarmac road and turn left toward Ponte das Três Entradas. Pass over the bridge that is unique in Portugal, where its three entrances connect the three closest parishes: Santa Ovaia, São Sebastião da Feira and Aldeia das Dez, and still unites two rivers: the river Alva and the river Alvôco. Soon after the bridge turn right towards São Sebastião da Feira through a spectacular trail that follows the riverbank of river Alva. And we reach an area where we can admire the Rio Alva and the wheel at the site. Return through the same path towards Ponte das Três das Entradas. We again cross the bridge and follow the paved road towards the Aldeia das Dez village and then turn right following an old trail. The chestnut tree is very abundant and enriches the terrains providing a stunning landscape. At the crossroads continue stright ahead and enter the cobblestone road that leads to the Aldeias das Dez village. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.295341, -7.865977
DMS
40°17'43.2"N 7°51'57.5"W
UTM
29T 596382 4461155
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
2:50 h
Ascent
331 m
Descent
331 m

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