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PR 2 LSA - Lousã Schist Trails 2 - Schist Villages Route

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The Lousã mountain range sets the scene for this route. As you pass the castle, by the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Piedade and the Aldeias do Xisto of Talasnal and Casal Novo, it is as if you are travelling back in time.
open
moderate
5.4 km
3:00 h
420 m
420 m
 This walk is mainly on the slopes of the Lousã mountains and links Lousã Castle and the sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora da Piedade” with two of the most emblematic Schist Villages of these mountains, Talasnal and Casal Novo. This walk takes you on a journey through time as well, as it retraces the paths of the former inhabitants of these mountain villages by using the only access routes to the town of Lousã. The path is almost always surrounded by protected vegetation all season long. Due to the climbing parts of this route it requires a certain level of physical fitness, but there is an alternative and shorter route (PR2.1).

Author’s recommendation

Keep an eye out for the animal and vegetable species that inhabit the Lousã mountain range, marvel at the landscapes, and taste some of the delicious regional cuisine.

 

Book your stay, experience or meal at Book in Xisto.

 

Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit by RT at 12 of June 2020)

 

Waymarks > 3 - It’s missing signs in at least one crossroad that can compromise the navigation without a map or GPS.

Conservation of the path > 3 - Some degradation that can increase the difficulty of the trail

General conservation > 3 - some place present some degradation but with no negative impacts on the experience

Information boards and signs > 2 - Degraded or not relevant

Complementary boards > 5 - Very well maintained and with superior quality

Safety and suport structures > 4 - Well-maintained essential structures

Local community integration > 5 - Strong connection to the community in which it operates and stimulate interaction

Landscape integration > 5 - Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest

General Safety > 3 - Presents several low risk situations

 

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Aldeias do Xisto
Updated: September 29, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
574 m
Lowest point
223 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Rest Stop

Senhora da Piedade river beach
Casa da Eira do Talasnal
Casa da Urze
Casinha do Conde
Casa dos Amigos

Safety information

Beware high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.

The climb to "Talasnal" can present a low risk when wet.

 

Useful contacts

Emergency number: 112

SOS Forest fires: 117

GNR (police) Lousã: (+351) 239 990 060

ADXTUR - Schist Village Network - 275 647 700 | 960 101 873

Tips, hints and links

The Lousã Mountains shelter important communities of plants and wildlife both in terms of biodiversity and conservation, including species and habitats protected by National and International Directives. Particularly important are the fescue, the daffodil, the ruivaco, the gold-striped salamander, Schreiber's green lizard, the black stork, Montagu's Harrier, the common kingfisher and the otter.Although the forest is mainly inhabited by species which have been introduced recently, such as pine trees and eucalyptus, you can also still find areas with Mediterranean species such as the Holm oak, the Portuguese oak, the cork oak, the strawberry tree and aromatic herbs, in particular near the streams. You will find the common wildlife of the mountain areas and also two species of deer, the leaf deer and the European roe deer. These animals were reintroduced here in 1996, and despite they are shy and territorial, they are now established throughout the mountains."Castle - Lousã Castle, also known as Arunce Castle, is one of the very few castles built in schist. It is part of one of the first defense lines created to control the south access to Coimbra during the second half of the 11th Century. Hermitage Power Station - the Hermitage Hydroelectric power station, which is still operational, was built in 1927 to supply electricity to the village and to the paper mill. It is a living testimony of a past when Lousã was the epicenter of an intense industrial activity.Mountain villages – despite the 1950's human desertification, these villages are currently recovering and gaining new life thanks to a series of national and international programs. The houses are also being recovered by new owners from main urban centres, who are once again filling these homes with life.

 

Gastronomy

Sweets: Urze honey, honey “serranitos”, “talasnico” cakes from the Lousã mountains, egg pudding and rice pudding;

Other dishes: “Chanfana” lamb or goat stew, “migas” bread and meat stew, boiled or grilled kid, salt cod “tibornada no lagar” and sardines in breadcrumbs;

Wines and liqueurs: Wine from Quinta de foz de Arouce and Beirão liqueur.

Start

Castle of Lousã GPS coordinates - 40° 6' 3.00" N 8° 14' 8.00" W (258 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.100790, -8.235500
DMS
40°06'02.8"N 8°14'07.8"W
UTM
29T 565161 4439224
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Destination

Castle of Lousã GPS coordinates - 40° 6' 3.00" N 8° 14' 8.00" W

Turn-by-turn directions

 This walk is mainly on the slopes of the Lousã mountains and links Lousã Castle and the sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora da Piedade” with two of the most emblematic Schist Villages of these mountains, Talasnal and Casal Novo. This walk takes you on a journey through time as well, as it retraces the paths of the former inhabitants of these mountain villages using the only access routes to the town of Lousã. Leaving the Castle towards the recommended direction, follow the access track that leads to the Ermida hydroelectric station. This is an example of industrial archeology built in 1927 to supply the town and the Prado paper factory with electricity. From here follow a steep and narrow path that snakes up the mountainside towards the Schist villages. The route is surrounded by dense vegetation all season long and the landscape is always stunning. Just before reaching the village of Talasnal there is an alternative route (PR2.1) which leads back to the Sanctuary and the river beach near the castle. We recomend this shorter route if you prefer a less demanding walk. It will take you across the slope overlooking the S. João stream from where you will get magnificent views of the village of Talasnal and of the Lousã valley. If you continue on the main route you will pass through the narrow streets of Talasnal and you will keep climbing up to Casal Novo. From here a steep descent takes you back to the Sanctuary, the river beach and then to the final section of the walk back to the castle.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
40.100790, -8.235500
DMS
40°06'02.8"N 8°14'07.8"W
UTM
29T 565161 4439224
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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.4 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
420 m
Descent
420 m
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