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Schist Walking Trail of Avô - Around the Alva

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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 some of the main points of interest in the region. 
Distance 8 km
2:10 h
164 m
164 m
310 m
215 m
Circular route beginning at Largo da Ilha do Picoto. After passing by the Avô parish church, the route follows the Alva River, on a trail that in other times was the connection to Ponte das Três Entradas. After the bridge, it continues towards Avô. Then, you can follow what remains of the old Roman imperial route. Next, you’ll pass by the Santa Maria do Mosteiro Chapel and the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos Chapel and then you’re in Avô. Then, you’ll walk by the São Miguel Hermitage and the Castle and continue on to the pillory and the old Town Hall. After crossing the bridge, you’re back at Ilha do Picoto. 

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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Update: July 23, 2021
Highest point
310 m
Lowest point
215 m
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Rest stops

Castelo de Avô
São Sebastião da Feira River Beach
Aldeia do Xisto de Aldeia das Dez
Vila Cova de Alva
Quinta da Palmeira – Country House Retreat & Spa
Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
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 Avô runs through Avô, Aldeia das Dez and Santa Ovaia, three civil parishes in the municipality of Oliveira do HospitalThe 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. Avô was built on the slopes between the hills Mendacha and Almoinhos by the Alva river and the Pomares stream. Avô has a rich heritage, which include the Castle and the São Miguel Chapel, the house and the monument of the poet Brás Garcia de Mascarenhas, the parish church of Senhora da Assunção, the Chapels of Santa Maria do Mosteiro and Nossa Senhora dos Anjos and the Ilha do Picoto river beach. 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.



- River Fish

- Tigelada

- Honey

- Coscorőes (Fritter)

- Cavacas

- Roast Goat

- Crispy Pork Rinds

- Evergreen strawberry tree brandy

- Migas

- Sponge Cake

- Rice Pudding



"Ilha do Picoto River Beach. Avô. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality 40º17.720´N 007º51.957´W " (219 m)
40.293742, -7.906345
40°17'37.5"N 7°54'22.8"W
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"Ilha do Picoto River Beach. Avô. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality 40º17.720´N 007º51.957´W "

Turn-by-turn directions

The Schist walking trail of Avô is a circular trail that starts and ends at Ilha do Picoto river beach. After passing over the bridge of the Alva river we take the stairs that lead us to the main road and parish church of Avô. The trail follows the road, and by the Day Center we enter on a dirt road that leads us to a single track along the Alva river. This single track was in the past the connection between Avô and Ponte das Três Entradas villages. After the single track we turn right in the paved road and pass the bridge. This bridge is one of a kind in Portugal, it´s over the junction of the rivers Alva and Alvôco and it connects the parishes of Santa Ovaia, São Sebastião da Feira and Aldeia das Dez. The trail continues on the paved road and it turns right on a dirt road towards Avô. Before Avô the trail passes by Mosteiro and Nossa Senhora dos Anjos chapels. At the crossroads keep straight towards S. Miguel chapel and castle passing by the stone pillory. After the bridge the trail goes right to Ilha do Picoto river beach where it ends. 


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40.293742, -7.906345
40°17'37.5"N 7°54'22.8"W
29T 592953 4460934
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8 km
2:10 h
164 m
164 m
Highest point
310 m
Lowest point
215 m


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