Observe the flora and fauna surrounding the Almaceda Stream. Explore the Aldeia do Xisto of Martim Branco along the way. 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
Castelo Branco Council: (+351) 272 330 330
Aldeias do Xisto Network: (+351) 275 037 393 | (+351) 960 101 873
Tips and hints
The schist and mud dwellings in the Aldeia do Xisto of Martim Branco are located in the Almaceda River Valley, between rocky outcrops and waterfalls, where natural heritage takes on particular relevance. Along the riverbank, common forest essences abound in almost the entire Beira Baixa: the pine, the cork oak, holm oak and olive tree, this last covering the most fertile valleys that surround Martim Branco.
The uncultivated land is covered in the woods that are characteristic of the region: broom, rosemary, gorse and furze. The fauna is varied: if you look and listen carefully, you may be blessed with visions of rare beauty of a fox, rabbit or hare, partridge, thrush, chaffinch, goldfinch, quail, cuckoo or lark. There's always a corner that will enchant you in this area that is in the hands of nature. Along the stream are still old mills where rye and corn were milled.
Gastronomy: maranho (goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture), tigelada (baked custard pudding - eggs, sugar, wheat flour, milk and cinnamon), regional smoked sausages, roast kid, fritters, borrachões, olive oil biscuits.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.