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Clássica Aldeias do Xisto: Álvaro - Aldeia das Dez

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The route chosen for the 2nd edition of Clássica Aldeias do Xisto starts at Aldeia do Xisto of Álvaro, in the municipality of Oleiros, and takes you to Aldeia das Dez, in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital, with a total of 145 kilometres.
Distance 144.8 km
9:55 h
2,418 m
2,600 m
The route chosen for the 2nd edition of Clássica Aldeias do Xisto starts at Aldeia do Xisto of Álvaro, in the municipality of Oleiros, and takes you to Aldeia das Dez, in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital. With a total of 145 kilometres, the race goes through the Aldeias do Xisto of Janeiro de Baixo, Janeiro de Cima, Fajão and Vila Cova de Alva. The route ends at the top of a 3.2 kilometre long, grade 3 climb, the last hundreds of metres taking place on paved ground.

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Update: October 02, 2020
Highest point
992 m
Lowest point
158 m

Safety information

- Plan your tour in advance

- Pay attention to the possibility of crossing with motorized vehicles on public signposted paths

- Advisable use of GPS and helmet

 

Useful contacts:

- SOS Emergency: 112

- Aldeias do Xisto: (+351) 275 647 700 | (+351) 960 101 873

Tips and hints

Clássica Aldeias do Xisto has been held since 2017 and is one of the races integrated in the Cyclin' Portugal project, which promotes the Aldeias do Xisto as the country’s first destination of excellence to host various types of cycling, combining quality infrastructures, competitive and leisure events and programmes and tourist services especially aimed at this public.

Along this route, you will come face-to-face with breathtaking landscapes and Aldeias do Xisto full of stories and traditions to be experienced:

- Álvaro is one of the "aldeias brancas" [white villages] in the Aldeias do Xisto Network. Take the religious tour of the village, with a mandatory stop at the Mother Church. Behold the Zêzere River Valley, from one of the benches of the churchyard, and traverse the Cabril Dam Reservoir by canoe or pedal boat;

- In Janeiro de Baixo, follow the embrace of the river Zêzere towards the village and visit the trunk where horse shoes used to be fitted. Enjoy the river beach and its extensive sandbanks nestled between the mountains;

- In Janeiro de Cima, wander through the village's labyrinth of streets. Enjoy the river Zêzere from the Lavandeiras Park, take a trip on the traditional barges and find out the meaning of the "Ó da Barca!” call. Discover the pieces produced by the looms at Casa das Tecedeiras and sample the gastronomic delicacies at Fiado Restaurante;

- In Fajão, visit the Monsenhor Nunes Pereira Museum, pop over to Sr.ª da Guia and climb the Penedos de Fajão. If you visit Fajão in the summer, don't forget to take a dip in the village swimming pool, and stop by the Aldeias do Xisto Shop;

- Vila Cova de Alva is the Aldeia do Xisto with the most monuments. One by one, enjoy the houses with Manueline features on the "16th century" street. Visit the Mother Church and the church at the Santo António Convent. Enjoy the cheese and smoked sausages and the fresh river Alva;

- In Aldeia das Dez, admire the Mother Church’s interior, and enjoy the work of the old wood carvers, the views offered by the viewpoints around the village and the impressive architecture of the unfinished Casa da Obra. Enjoy the refined menu at the João Brandão restaurant. Do not leave without tasting the cavacas and the coscoréis traditional sweets.

Start

Aldeia do Xisto de Álvaro (626 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.959561, -7.935676
DMS
39°57'34.4"N 7°56'08.4"W
UTM
29S 590904 4423811
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Destination

Aldeia do Xisto de Aldeia das Dez

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts at the top of the Aldeia do Xisto of Álvaro, following the EN351 for about 6 km and then turning left towards Oleiros to the EN238. After about 9 km, turn left to the CM1190 towards Cambas. The route follows the M527, then turning to the N112 towards Admoço, here heading towards the Aldeias do Xisto of Janeiro de Baixo and Janeiro de Cima (M546) and then to Porto de Vacas and Portela de Unhais. At kilometre 44.9, turn right to Fajão and start the climb to Malhada do Rei. At Alto do Fajão, the route continues to Coimbra until kilometre 91.6 where, at the roundabout, it heads towards Góis. Give or take 5 km ahead, it crosses the bridge over the river Ceira. At kilometre 97.7, turn right to Arganil and, at kilometre 109.6, turn left to Côja, where you reach 121.7 km. Here, turn right to the Aldeia do Xisto of Vila Cova de Alva, reaching 133 km, then to Avô and the Três Entradas Bridge, at 140.7 km where, turning right, begins the climb to the Aldeia do Xisto of Aldeia das Dez where the route ends, at 145 km.

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Coordinates

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39.959561, -7.935676
DMS
39°57'34.4"N 7°56'08.4"W
UTM
29S 590904 4423811
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Distance
144.8 km
Duration
9:55 h
Ascent
2,418 m
Descent
2,600 m

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