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.
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.
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.
Safety informationPay attention to the rise of the river flow and the icy floor in winter and the heat in summer.
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.
- Vila Cova de Alva stuffed tripe (“Bucho”)
- Cheese- Donanna Liqueurs
- Doces da Santa (Sweets)