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Safety informationBe careful as it can be warm in the summer and slippery in the winter.
SOS Emergency – 112
SOS Forest - 117
GNR (Police) - 272 340 900
ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 101 873
Tips and hintsThe communal oven still scents the air with newly baked bread. The ovens are the most interesting elements in Martim Branco. You just need to taste the bread to understand why.Every house is a modest building, but genuine. A number of houses showcase a rare marriage of schist and granite, a union of materials that guarantees the quality and permanence of the buildings. The doors display beautiful, eye-catching ironmongery.In the most representative urban nucleus of the charming rural architecture, there is a restored building to receive the Aldeias do Xisto Shop and the House of Arts and Crafts.Over the entire course, one sees various species of plants that are characteristic of Mediterranean flora, among which are olive trees, holm oaks (cork trees), oaks, strawberry trees, vineyards, broom heath, rosemary and rockrose, as well as small herbaceous plants. There is a great variety of wild mushrooms to be found, both in autumn and in the spring. The route passes through a rural area where vegetable gardens and cultivated farm lands are common, especially close to the villages. The fauna we may frequently encounter includes some game species, such as the fox, partridge, wild boar and rabbit. Birds of prey are also common, and one frequently sees the black kite and the black-winged kite.Also noteworthy is the caster mill, formerly used for the milling of cereals.
- Roast kid
- Queijo à cabreira (cured goat’s or ewe’s milk cheese)
- Maranhos (stuffed pig’s stomach)
- Filhós (deep fried dough balls)
- Tigelada (egg custard)
- Olive oil and sausages