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Cultural Tour with Guide Round the Schist Villages - 4 Nights

Ferraria de S. João
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Cultural Tour with Guide Round the Schist Villages - 4 Nights

Serra da Lousã

Discovering hidden treasures in Central Portugal. This is the feeling we get after wandering along the mountain paths and rivers that bring us to the Schist Villages of Ferraria de São João, in Penela, and Cerdeira, in Lousã. Arriving via Coimbra, Guarda or Castelo Branco, we soon enter another ancient world, where ancient tracks connect village to village and the landscape where culture and traditions are preserved. Surprise yourself by exploring the Schist Paths and mountain villages where you can still experience traditional knowledge and flavours. Making fresh goat’s cheese, kneading and baking bread in a wood oven, making things from wood and clay are just some of the activities that will enrich these days spent in the heart of rural Portugal.
Accommodation is in stone houses that have been renovated and transformed into comfortable rural tourism units, surrounded by nature in all its splendour. A journey back in time that you won’t forget quickly!

Day 1
Lisbon Airport/Porto I Coimbra
Catching the train to Coimbra, with transfer to the Schist Village of Ferraria de São João
Visit to community livestock pens and other points of interest in the village
Accommodation: VN Nature Houses.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2
Workshops on Fresh Goat’s Cheese and Bread in a Wood Oven
Cheese workshop: In the afternoon, a workshop on fresh goat’s cheese.
Dinner and bed at Ferraria de São João
Accommodation: VN Nature Houses.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Trip to the Schist Village of Cerdeira
A walk round the Schist Village of Cerdeira
Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Workshop (Chanfana)
Accommodation: Cerdeira - Home for Creativity
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4
Schist Atelier
Workshop in Wood or Clay (to be decided)
Free time to relax and enjoy the village
Dinner: Menu prepared during the Traditional Cooking Workshop
Accommodation: Cerdeira - Home for Creativity
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5
Transfer back to Coimbra

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


Comfortable Footwear
Comfortable Clothing

Surrounding Area

Centro BTT Ferraria São João at 115m

Misericórdia range at 4.8km

River beach of Louçainha at 6.2km

Restaurante Varanda do Casal at 6.2km

PR1 FVN - Caminho do Xisto de 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

River beach of Ana de Aviz at 7.1km

Castle and Church São Miguel at 8.2km


Start of program on Sundays.

- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
- Briefing and debriefing
- Goat’s Cheese Workshop
- Workshop on Bread making in a wood oven
- Workshop - Traditional Portuguese Cooking chanfana (lamb stew).
- Workshop on Wood or Clay (to be decided)
- 4 dinners
- 3 lunches
- Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João
- Transfer from Cerdeira to Coimbra
- Local transfers as required
- Baggage transfers
- Maps and GPS device with exact routes
- 24-hour support line
- Travel insurance
- A2Z and bottle of water provided

Extra services (on request):
- Private transfer from Lisbon/Porto airport - Coimbra
- Transfer Coimbra - Lisbon/Porto airport
- Start of the programme on days other than a Sunday

All prices include VAT at the legal rate in force.

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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: 39.973564238236
Longitude: -8.3263966997529