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Schist Villages Walking Tour

Ferraria de S. João
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Vale do Ninho Nature Houses - Ferraria de São João

Serra da Lousã

This is a proposal for hopping between villages to get to know the Schist Villages over 6 days. Be surprised as you discover the Schist Trails, river beaches and mountain villages where you can still see some of the traditional know-how and flavours, such as fresh goat’s cheese or the traditional chanfana (goat stewed in red wine).

You will stay in stone houses that were renovated to become comfortable rural tourist accommodation, surrounded by nature in all its splendour. It’s a journey into time you won’t forget for a long time!

Duration: 8 days
Distance: 60 km
Type: Self Guided

Daily Itinerary:
Day 1
Arrival in Coimbra.
Transfer from the Coimbra train station to Casal S. Simão and Briefing.
Stage 1: Loop Casal de São Simão (6km ).
Transfer to Ferraria de São João.
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 2
Stage 2: Loop Ferraria de São João (11.3km ). Short version: (5 km ).
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 3
Stage 3: Ferraria de São João - Gondramaz (20km).
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Gondramaz.

Day 4
Stage 4: Gondramaz - Talasnal (12km).
Transfer back to Gondramaz.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Gondramaz.

Day 5
Stage 5: Talasnal - Cerdeira (10km).
Transfer to Talasnal.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 6
Cerdeira Free Day
Enjoy a free afternoon in Cerdeira, where you will participate in a Miniature Schist Houses Building Workshop in the morning, as well as a Traditional Portuguese Cuisine (Chanfana) Workshop, a cooking lesson and a dinner of local and traditional food.
Optional: other workshops or a hike.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 7
Stage 6: Cerdeira - Lousã (7km).
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 8
Transfer from Cerdeira to Coimbra

Licença de Operador Turístico RNAVT 3014 & RNAAT 45/2006 & Nature Tourism Certificado por Turismo de Portugal


Sun hat
Supplementary Food
Comfortable Clothing

Surrounding Area

MTB Center Ferraria São João at 114m

Misericórdia range at 4.8km

River beach of Louçainha at 6.2km

Restaurant Varanda do Casal at 6.2km

PR1 FVN - Schist Walking Trail Casal de S. Simão Descida às Fragas at 6.3km

São Simão Chapel at 6.4km

Shop in Casal de S. Simão at 6.4km

Fragas de São Simão river beach at 6.5km

Fragas de São Simão Walkways at 6.5km

River beach of Ana de Aviz at 7.1km


Price: 990€/person (minimum 2 people)
From Sundays (other days to petición).
Self-guided tour.

. 7 overnight stays with breakfast
. Briefing and debriefing
. 6 box lunches
- 6 dinners
- Support line 24h
- Transfers to and from Coimbra
- Local transfers
- Luggage transfer (1 per person with a limit of 20 kg/each
- Maps and GPS tracks
- Insurance
- Traditional Cooking Workshop
- Traditional Goat Cheese Production Workshop
- Miniature Schist House Construction Workshop

Extra services (on request):
- Guided tour of Coimbra, UNESCO heritage
- Guided tour of Aveiro
Extra night in Coimbra
Extra night in Porto
Airport transfers

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Portugal A2Z Walking & Biking
Portugal A2Z Walking & Biking
Powered by your passion for travel, Portugal A2Z Walking & Biking was born to offer you authentic experiences in the most exclusive places in Portugal taking you to the most historic and wild landscapes. Discovering Portugal with us means you will travel in a small group (6-12 people), allowing you to stay in unique and special places away from the tourist crowds. It means getting a first-class service with our dedicated guides and having the time to interact with locals, immerse yourself in Portuguese culture and enjoy the best of your favourite activity in a breath-taking scenery.


Vale do Ninho, Ferraria de São João 3230-018
Latitude: 39.973558
Longitude: -8.326413