Schist Villages at Lousa Mountain

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15 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: portugal, portugal

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


The Veado Verde / Green Deer challenges you to live an experience in the

Lousa Mountain. Come with us and visit the beautiful and picturesque Schist Villages of Lousa Mountain. We will pass thru forests of pines, chestnut trees, oaks and beeches where we can find deer, wild boars, foxes and squirrels. It´s a wonderful and rewarding experience that includes offroad activities, hiking and visiting the shale villages.  It's a 4 hour tour (or 8 hour tour) with Coimbra as the pickup point. Get ready, the beauty of this mountain will leave you amazed!

IMPORTANT: Feel safe, we have the "Clean & Safe" seal from Turismo de Portugal!

What's Included

All activities


Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

Meals as per itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner) are optional and paid separately on site.

One souvenir photo

Professional photographer guide

Transport by private vehicle

What's Not Included

Food and drinks, unless specified

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 3 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Cerdeira is a magical place. At the entrance to the village, a small bridge leads us to a handful of houses peeping through the foliage. It seems like we are crossing the portal to a fantasy world. Everything appears perfect in this deeply romantic setting. The slate path points the way to a spring hidden among lush vegetation.

Between steep slopes rent by watercourses tumbling down from higher up, Cerdeira nestles in the most bucolic of surroundings. This is a village that art and creativity have helped to refound. Indeed, at certain times of the year, the village becomes alive with events that combine art and botany.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Aldeia do Talasnal
Here nature reigns. For a long time now, this is the Schist Village of the Lousã Mountain that has lent most visibility and charm because of the many details of the restoration of its houses. And also by the way the village seduces us through the mouth.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Aldeia do Casal Novo
Passing along the unpaved road, the presence of Casal Novo almost escapes us. The village lies in a fold on the steeply sloping, north-facing hillside and the woodland surrounding the village hides its outline.

• Admission Ticket Free

Aldeia de Gondramaz
Gondramaz is a completely restored shale village with about 50 houses where there is a tourist resort and where we will have a coffee.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Aldeias do Xisto
Cadaval Cimeiro and Cadaval Fundeiro are two abandoned shale villages that burned twice in the 1980s. There we will hike between the two.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great trip to a different Portugal.
Christie_C, 19-09-2022
This was a highlight of our trip to Portugal. Even though it was pouring rain the entire day, we had a great time exploring the villages. Alfredo was a great guide and we enjoyed talking to him about many topics.
Wonderful tour
Elizabeth_M, 29-09-2022
Highly recommend this tour with Alfredo. He is knowledgeable, flexible, well steeped in the area and history and a good driver! We visited 3 villages on the half day tour, and I had plenty of time to explore them, with time for coffee and the local chestnut liqueur of the region. You should feel comfortable walking up inclines to get the full experience! This is a beautiful and remote part of the world, and Alfredo brings it to life.
Alfedo s amazing tour
richard_g, 05-06-2022
An amazing day beautiful views and a lot of history we met some lovely people we had a lovely lunch in an amazing setting driven off road at points which was a lot of fun
Highly recommend
fierceandfit, 02-06-2022
Highly recommend. Informative guide, and beautiful scenery. It's a way to get out of the city, and see a different side of the country.
Coimbra - Schist Villages tour (by Green Deer)
RangeRovers19, 23-09-2022
Alfredo from Green Deer Tours took us around yesterday. We had a wonderful time! Alfredo explained about the history of the villages and how they have been rebuilt and used today.

He picked us up from Coimbra for a full eight hours and drove all over the mountains during the day's tour. We learnt about each village, saw houses being rebuilt, looked for deer, took pictures on a swing, and ate a delicious lunch.(try the goat stew)

Alfredo was a safe driver and conversation flowed easily in English. We enjoyed learning more about Portugal. We highly recommend him for this tour.

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