Aldeias do Xisto – An active destination
The Aldeias do Xisto (Schist Villages) are the gateway to a diversified range of tourism and leisure opportunities in close contact with nature and the region’s culture. This unique landscape in Portugal is the setting for some of the country’s best infrastructure for active tourism, including Mountain Biking Trail running, canoeing and climbing. The culture of “sport for all” and the quality of the facilities and information available in Aldeias do Xisto offer the opportunity to practice a whole range of sports, for both amateur and professional enthusiasts. Whether you want a relaxing stroll or to test your physical and technical limits, there will always be a trail waiting for you and specialized services to support you.
Bookinxisto, a fair-trade booking platform
Aldeias do Xisto have a wide and diverse range of accommodation, restaurants and tourist entertainment companies, with services offering direct contact with the territory, its landscapes, its food, secrets and people. Go to bookinxisto.com to book a room, a meal or an experience easily and securely.
Bookinxisto is an online bookings platform exclusive to Aldeias do Xisto, created with the support of the Centro 2020 programme, which brings multiservice together and operates on a fair trade basis – i.e. no fees or brokers. The full price of the bookings, guaranteed to be the lowest on the market, goes directly to the local partners. It is therefore the best website to visit if you’re looking for accommodation, local attractions and restaurants in the 27 Aldeia do Xisto.
Bookinxisto is available worldwide at the VisitPortugal website.
Aldeias do Xisto have recently been awarded international prizes, such as a Travellers’ Choice Awards by Trip Advisor, and a World Luxury Hotel Award. They have also received the Oxygen award, which every year rewards best environmental and community engagement practices.
Aldeias do Xisto, a bike friendly destination
Aldeias do Xisto are deeply associated with cycling culture enhancing the area’s reputation as a bike friendly destination. The Cyclin’ Portugal project confirms the Aldeias do Xisto as Portugal’s premier destination of excellence for competitive and recreational cycling, with its combination of quality infrastructure, competitive and recreational events, and tourism programmes and services specifically targeted to cyclists.
The calendar for 2019 includes the following events:
April to October – Cycle Walking through Aldeias do Xisto
May to October – Achigã Challenge 2019 (fishing competition)
1 May – Aldeias do Xisto Classic (Pedrógão Pequeno, Sertã – Gondramaz, Miranda do Corvo)
2 to 5 May – European Downhill Championship (Pampilhosa da Serra)
17 to 19 May – Walking Weekend Festival (Pampilhosa da Serra)
19 May – Licor Beirão Granfondo (Lousã)
6 to 9 June – World Trail Running Championship (Miranda do Corvo)
29 September – Aldeias do Xisto Granfondo (Fundão)
20 October – Colcurinho Trail (Aldeia das Dez, Oliveira do Hospital)
September – Zêzere Grande Route, from river spring to river mouth