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.