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Coimbra: Lousã Shale Villages Experience

Product ID: 194855
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Get lost in the mystical valleys of the Serra da Lousã. Combine nature, history and stunning views in this adventure off the beaten track.
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Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 2:15 PM
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese

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  • Explore the shale villages of Talasnal and Casal Novo
  • Visit the castle of Lousã
  • Enjoy a special tasting of wine and local foods
  • Take in a breathtaking view while riding the Swing of Lousã
Full description
Lose yourself in the wondrous beauty of Serra da Lousã. If you like to walk in nature and to see some surprising highlights, choose this experience to fulfill your day in the center of Portugal. You will go home with a head full of interesting facts, and beautiful scenery and landscapes to share with your friends and family.

You will take part in this 6 kilometer moderate walk, over the course of about 2-3 hours. This ensures that you have enough quality time to explore these mystical, historic, and isolated shale villages — to get an actual feeling of what it is like to wander these sloped old paths.

After exploring this village, the second highlight is Casal Novo. See the differences between these two villages and how they managed to trade products to sustain these isolated communities.

You start in Castle of Lousã, and after 1 hour of walking in the mountain you will reach Talasnal, the first shale village. After exploring this village, you start walking again until you reach Casal Novo, the second shale village. The last part of the trekking takes you to the starting point again, where you have time to discuss the experience while tasting some traditional products and local wine.

It requires approximately a 40 minute drive to reach the starting point. The guides will also take some nice photos during the tour that will be sent to you afterwards by email.
  • Guides
  • Tours
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Visit to Talasnal, Casal Novo and Castle of Lousã
  • Photographic coverage
  • Picnic
  • Water
  • License and insurances
  • Wine tasting
  • Insurance
  • Regional products tasting

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This is a short but a moderate trek so please make sure you're in good physical condition