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Vila Cova de Alva Schist Walking Trail - PR4 AGN

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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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  • / Aldeia de Vila Cova de Alva
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The route starts in the Aldeia do Xisto of Vila Cova de Alva, following the riverbank and leading to agricultural paths, pine forests, terraced steps made of schist, and watermills.

closed
moderate
Distance 8.5 km
2:00 h
424 m
424 m
 

The journey starts in Vila Cova de Alva and passes through some of the ancient streets filled with centennial architectural details. Visit the churches and the sanctuaries. During the walk enjoy the lush and, in some cases, rare indigenous vegetation. Experience the habits and traditions of the people who live along the Alva River banks, where this Schist Village is perched.

Author’s recommendation

 

Get ready to admire the region's best preserved, lush native vegetation as well as the panoramic view over the Alva village and valley.

Book your stay, experience or meal at Book in Xisto.

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Catarina Almeida - ADXTUR
Update: June 16, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
195 m
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Safety information

Pay attention to the rise of the river flow and the icy floor in winter and the heat in summer.

Useful Contacts:

SOS Emergency - 112;

SOS Forest - 117

G.N.R.(Police) - Tel. 235 200 520

Schist Village Network - ADXTUR: 275 647 700; 960 10 18 73

Tips and hints

 

 

 

 

The route fits into the Protected Landscape Area of the Serra do Açor, with a great diversity of fauna and flora, such as the Lusitanian-salamander, the orange-colored merman, the goshawk and the owl-do-nabal , and also the oaks, the chestnut trees and the laurel trees.

Vila Cova de Alva is one of the most emblematic villages of the county and the Schist Village that possesses the largest number of monuments:

- The Parish Church built in 1712;

- Main and “Misericórdia” churches

- Saint António Convent

- XVI century pillory (Manueline style)

- XVIII century granite bridge

- Saint João of Alqueidão Chapels

- Saint Sebastião Fountain.

 

Gastronomy

- Vila Cova de Alva stuffed tripe (“Bucho”)

- Cheese- Donanna Liqueurs

- Doces da Santa (Sweets)

Start

Praça do Doutor Luís da Costa Faria (largo do pelourinho – monument square) 40°16.986'N 7°56.540'W (241 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.283118, -7.942242
DMS
40°16'59.2"N 7°56'32.1"W
UTM
29T 589916 4459718
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Destination

Praça do Doutor Luís da Costa Faria (largo do pelourinho – monument square) 40°16.986'N 7°56.540'W

Turn-by-turn directions

 The journey starts in Vila Cova de Alva, among some of the ancient streets filled with centennial architectural details, and then goes towards the Roman bridge over the Alva River. The track goes along the Alva River bank and slope with glimpses to Vila Cova de Alva. It’s possible to see the indigenous flora, in some cases rare, but also flattened agricultural areas with rural constructions like watermills. In the “Da Tão” area the track goes up longitudinally through a trail in the pine forest and Mediterranean scrub area. Here the ascent takes you to the higher area of the parish, first through agricultural pathways and then through a trail on a slope that has the most well-preserved and abundant vegetation of the region. You get to the Vila Cova do Alva spring area along schist terraced stairs offering delightful panoramic views of the village and Alva valley. In the higher zone of the journey you can also visit the S. João de Alqueidão chapel. From here onwards you descend through agricultural and forest pathways returning to the centre of the village.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.283118, -7.942242
DMS
40°16'59.2"N 7°56'32.1"W
UTM
29T 589916 4459718
w3w 
///enormously.battling.walkers
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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
424 m
Descent
424 m

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