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"Schist Walking Trail of Oliveira do Hospital - The March of the Veterans "

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m 550 500 450 400 350 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Capela de São Sebastião Quinta da Moenda Capela dos Ferreiros João Brandão Anta Pinheiro dos Abraços Capela da Sr.ª da Luz
The Marcha dos Veteranos (Veterans’ Walk) takes visitors from Oliveira do Hospital to Bobadela and presents them with remnants that date back to prehistory and a vast Roman heritage. 
Distance 14.6 km
3:30 h
272 m
272 m
The Schist Walking Trail of Oliveira do Hospital - Marcha dos Veteranos is a circular route that begins and ends at the Dr. Oliveira Mano Garden, in Oliveira do Hospital. We leave the city towards Bobadela, a place rich in Roman heritage, with the amphitheatre and the forum as well as the Dr. António Simões Saraiva Municipal Museum. We pass by the Santa Ana Chapel, the dolmen at Pinheiro dos Abraços, the Anthropomorphic Sepulchres of Gorgulão and the chapel of Senhora da Luz [Lady of Light]. We arrive at Bobadela along paved streets. We then follow in the direction of the S. Sebastião chapel and continue our route to Oliveira do Hospital, passing through the Dona Maria Emília Vasconcelos House and Museum Foundation, the Ferreiros Chapel [Blacksmith’s Chapel] and the giant linden tree. 

Author’s recommendation

Pay attention to the Roman heritage marking the route. Admire the largest linden tree in the country in the churchyard of Capela dos Ferreiros [the Blacksmith's Chapel].


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Update: March 05, 2021
Highest point
519 m
Lowest point
373 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

São Sebastião da Feira River Beach
Capela dos Ferreiros
Anta Pinheiro dos Abraços
Capela da Sr.ª da Luz
Capela de São Sebastião
Miradouro da Pedra do Rei
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Alvoco das Várzeas River Beach
João Brandão
Quinta da Moenda

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

Here the visitor is confronted with amazing portraits and delighted hideaways. The records that date back to prehistory together with so many other records throughout the county reflect the grandeur of this region. The current county was born at the time of the 2nd crusade, when in São João de Jerusalém, in the Holy Land, is founded a hospital that receives the sick pilgrims, cripples and victims of attacks and robberies, in the long journey that would take them to the Holy Sepulchre. The chapel of greater historical significance included in the main church building complex is undoubtedly the beautiful Ferreiros Chapel in Gothic style, leans against the side of the Envangelho, between São Brás and the Tower. Traditionally is known as Senhora da Graça and the time of construction dates back to the XIII-XIV centuries. It is classified as a National Monument. In the churchyard of the Chapel can be found the largest linden tree "Linden tomentosa Moench” of the country, with more than 25 meters high and 4 meters in diameter, classified as Public Interest.



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"Dr. Oliveira Mano Park, Oliveira do Hospital. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality N 40°21.587' W 7°51.705' " (503 m)
40.359793, -7.861753
40°21'35.3"N 7°51'42.3"W
29T 596649 4468313


"Dr. Oliveira Mano Park, Oliveira do Hospital. Oliveira de Hospital Municipality N 40°21.587' W 7°51.705' "

Turn-by-turn directions

This circular trail starts in Jardim Dr. Oliveira Mano (public garden), we cross the garden, climb a few steps and face the Santa Ana chapel. Turning left and then right we are at the main paved road. After the paved roads we leave towards the agricultural fields and go in direction of the Anta do Pinheiro (dolmen). A little further on we turn right onto a dirt road that will take us to the anthropomorphic graves of Gorgulão. We follow the trail and get to Senhora da Luz, where we can see the existence chapel that has the same name. Along cobble stone streets we arrive to Bobadela, a rich Roman heritage site, with the Roman amphitheater and it's ruins and where we can notoriously see the arch several objects of the time. The trail leaves Bobadela and goes towards São Sebastião chapel. From here the trail goes on a dirt road till we find a paved road. At the roundabout the trail goes straight to the center of Oliveira do Hospital where the House Museum of the Foundation of Dona Maria Vasconcelos Cabral, the Ferreiros chapel and the classified linden tree can be found. This are some of the best points of interest on the trail. 


all notes on protected areas


40.359793, -7.861753
40°21'35.3"N 7°51'42.3"W
29T 596649 4468313
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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