Take the route to visit the Schist Villages of Sarzedas and Martim Branco. 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
Sarzedas, former town and seat of the Municipality, is the only Aldeia do Xisto to have a noble title awarded. The Pillory, the Village square (Largo), Churches and Chapels, stand out in an urban fabric with beautifully designed grandiose houses that vouch for the importance of History. In Alto de São Jacinto, by the Mother church, the Steeple with its Bell Tower – which remained from the old Church over Outeiro – rises in solitary pride over the village.
All along the route we see a variety of species of plants that are typical of Mediterranean flora, including olive, cork oak and oak trees, strawberry trees, vines, heather, rosemary and cistus shrubs, as well as small herbaceous plants that bring so much colour to spring. In both the autumn and spring there is also a great variety of wild mushrooms. Hunting is important in this area, and the local authorities have invested heavily, ensuring species such as the rabbit, partridge, fox and wild boar are abundant, as are some species of birds of prey.
The numerous water courses that cross the parish have been central to the development of the different activities and trades of the population. The tungsten mines in Gatas and in Vale da Santa were particularly productive during the Second World War and today you can still find the ore washing building in ruins, as well as the extraction wells.
Gastronomy: kid, maranhos, traditional sausages, olive oil (tibornas), wine, honey, egg pudding, rice pudding, dry cakes, filhós.