Look for the Roman Bridge or the old ceramic industries and travel back to bygone eras. Book your accommodation, experience and meal in Book in Xisto.
- Ride on open trails only- Leave no traces of your passage
- Control your bicycle
- Yield to others
- Never scare the animals
- Plan ahead
- Pay attention to motorvehicles on public roads
- It is forbidden to use motor-vehicles on downhill trails
- Respect the environmental or maintenance signage
- Trails are restricted from September to October due to the red deer mating season
- Recommended use of GPS device
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
Arganil Council: (+351) 235 200 150
Aldeias do Xisto: (+351) 275 037 393 | (+351) 960 101 873
Tips and hints
Part of the municipality of Arganil, Coja has an interesting heritage worth knowing. The Mother Church of São Miguel, the Chapels of Santo António, Senhor do Sepulcro, Nossa Senhora da Ribeira and Casa do Prior Costa, the Manueline-style pillory or the manor house Casa da Praça are mandatory stops.
Bathed by the river Alva, Coja also has a river beach where peace and quiet await you. The Açor Mountain - the 5th highest mountain in Mainland Portugal - forms the northern quadrant of the Aldeias do Xisto territory, ensuring the continuity of the Central Mountain range, from Estrela Mountain. Here, you will find the Protected Landscape of the Açor Mountain and the Site of Community Importance Complexo do Açor, promising four distinct spaces: the Margaraça Forest, Fajão, Cebola and São Pedro do Açor.
This also corresponds to the southern limit of the distribution area of a rare plant: the narcissus. It is in this mountain range that the wallcreeper has appeared in recent winters. This mountain range is also home to more than half of the world’s population of one tree species, the Portugal laurel, its greatest worldwide expression in one location being concentrated in the Margaraça Forest.