Charming Schist Villages


Halfday Tour To Lousã Mountains And Schist Village Of Candal
All you need to know:

Schedule

Available everyday of the year, under request of guide’s availability | From 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm

Price

50€/person . Min 2 participants or equivalent price

Meeting Point

To be agreed with the client (hotel or point of interest in Coimbra’s city center)

Delve into this Great Opportunity

Despite the vestiges of human presence dating all the way back to the prehistoric era, it is only during the Medieval Ages that populations started to settle on this territory. From a count of 27 historic villages that make part of the “Schist Villages Network”, our visit will focus mainly on two of them - Candal and Talasnal - which contain constructions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. These are located at the Lousã Mountain, a few kilometers away from the city of Coimbra!

Candal is the most developed within the mountain villages and it's used to receive visitors due to its accessible location, next to a national road. Though don't let it fool you: here the air is pure, with only 7 inhabitants and their respective four legged companions, we will be taking a walk through the center of the village all the way up to the panoramic view spot… and enjoy the breathtaking views over the valley and Ribeira do Candal.

Our second stop will be at Talasnal, described by many as a faithful representation of “a magical world of luxurious vegetation in which dears, bucks, boars and other species can be seen wandering around”! This village is composed of many restored houses, and at any given day of the week it's a very natural reaction to just stop and listen into the silence to be able to hear the hum of the bees or the water that runs across it! During the weekend the village gains another life: the restaurants and shops get open for business, the visitors show up from various mountain trails, and you can listen to the echoes of the people who are just enjoying themselves on the streets of this charming place!

Despite the vestiges of human presence dating all the way back to the prehistoric era, it is only during the Medieval Ages that populations started to settle on this territory. From a count of 27 historic villages that make part of the “Schist Villages Network”, our visit will focus mainly on two of them - Candal and Talasnal - which contain constructions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. These are located at the Lousã Mountain, a few kilometers away from the city of Coimbra!


Points of Interest

Village of Lousã Schist Village of Candal Schist Village of Talasnal with panoramic view over the Castle of Lousã

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Optional

If that was enough to raise your interest about the theme of this tour, and if you would want to know more, you can ask for a full day private tailored tour and visit other nearby places!

During the full day tour it will be possible to visit the Castle of Lousã, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy, the River Beach of Louçainha and its waterfalls… bring your bathing suit: you will be able to take a few dives in these crystal clear waters during the Summer!

We also suggest a brief lunch stop at this region, where you may appreciate the local gastronomy like for example roasted lamb, goat, the talasnico (typical pastry)… as well as local liquors such as Liquor Beirão, Arbutus Brandy, among many others!

Ask for a tailored tour: we will gladly adapt the route according to your personal preferences, allowing you to discover everything you would want to know about the portuguese culture… accompanied by a local guide !

If that was enough to raise your interest about the theme of this tour, and if you would want to know more, you can ask for a full day private tailored tour and visit other nearby places!