Enjoy the natural heritage surrounding this route. In summer, take the opportunity to cool down in the clear waters of the Froia Riverside River Beach. 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
- Rentals available from the Residents association
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
Proença-a-Nova Council: (+351) 274 670 000
Aldeias do Xisto Network: (+351) 275 037 393 | (+351) 960 101 873
Tips and hints
The Froia River Beach is one of the show-pieces of the municipality of Proença-a-Nova. The clear, crystalline water of the sources of the Froia river, the freshness and natural beauty of the space are the main features of this beach that has won several awards. The village of Figueira is a well-preserved schist village. Made up of streets, alleys, narrow quelhos and quelhas arranged in labyrinthine fashion, the core houses the communal wood oven, where bread is regularly baked. The Figueira stream, which circles the village, offers wide margins in certain places, used for subsistence farming, olive trees and grazing animals. These margins are beautifully structured by long hatchet schist stonewalls, in order to defeat the flow of the stream without degradation. Its width also facilitated movements between the cultivated fields and food and goods transportation.At Portas do Almourão, besides the beauty of the quartzite boulders torn by the river Ocreza, rare species of fauna and flora can be seen. Classified as a geomonument by UNESCO, this is an important area of nesting for such species as the bluebird, the otter, the griffon or the black stork. In flora, juniper and some carnivorous plants stand out.
Gastronomy: Maranho (goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture); wood-oven kid; plangaio (rice and pork stew); traditional smoked sausages; cabbage with breadcrumbs; tigelada da Cortiçada (baked custard pudding - Cortiçada style); fritters; coscoréis (pastries); broas de mel (pastries); honey; olive oil.