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Cultural Tour with Guide Round the Schist Villages - 4 Nights

Ferraria de S. João
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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
Make your way to Coimbra or ask us for a private transfer (optional) / Transfer to the Schist Village of Ferraria de São João.
Short Loop of Ferraria de São João (2 km | 1.25 mi)
Visit the village of Schist of Ferraria de São João, community corrals, and other points of interest of this picturesque village.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 2
Bread-making on Wood Oven and Fresh Goat Cheese Making Workshops
You will have the opportunity to learn some traditions while enjoying a fun demonstration of the bread-making process in a wood oven, as well as creating Fresh Goat Cheese to accompany it.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 3

Schist Villages of Talasnal and Candal
Transfers to the villages of Talasnal and Candal
Talasnal has long been known for its charisma, size, and disposition, but also the many details of its restored homes. The fountains, the water pots, and the houses adorned with vine branches will accompany your visit. The main lane follows the steep slope. From here, several alleys appear, creating a fun labyrinth for everyone to explore.
Transfer to the village of Candal, where you have two options:
Option 1: you can enjoy a little bit of nature and go on the hiking route Candal - Cerdeira (2,5km | 1.5 mi) or
Option 2: Transfer directly to Cerdeira

Clay/Wood-building Workshop
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight Cerdeira.

Day 4
Schist Village of Cerdeira
In the morning you will enjoy learning some Traditional Portuguese Cuisine (in this case, Chanfana) in a workshop - this will also be your dinner tonight.
Free time to relax and enjoy such a beautiful and picturesque village.
(Lunchbox included)
Dinner and Overnight Cerdeira.

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

MTB Center Ferraria São João at 115m

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


Start of program on Sundays (Other days: on request).

- 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
- 4 Lunches
- Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João
- Transfer from Cerdeira to Coimbra
- Local transfers as required
- Baggage transfers - 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
- Maps and GPS device with exact routes
- 24-hour support line
- Travel insurance
- A2Z Offer

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

Not included:
- Transfers from and to the airport;
- Personal equipment;
- Other personal expenses;
- Touristic taxes;
- All items not mentioned in “included”.

All prices include VAT at the legal rate in force.

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Vale do Ninho, Ferraria de São João 3230-018
Latitude: 39.973564238236
Longitude: -8.3263966997529