Aigra Nova: The Schist Village with a maternity ward for trees

Loja Aldeia de Xisto.
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Here’s everything you need to know about Aigra Nova Schist Village: its location, how to get there, what to see, restaurants, accommodation, and trails to explore this region of Serra da Lousã.

Aigra Nova belongs to the municipality of Góis (Coimbra district), in the Beira Litoral region.

It is part of the Schist Villages Network and is classified as a Site of Community Importance – Serra da Lousã, within the Natura 2000 Network.

A distinctive feature of Aigra Nova is that it has a tree nursery, in fact, it is the only village in Portugal where you can sponsor a tree.

Moreover, the village itself is composed of three narrow streets, which also sets it apart from other schist villages.

The list of heritage sites to visit includes the Schist Traditions Ecomuseum, the Environmental Interpretation Center, the fountain, the Schist Village Shop, and suggestive places like the Fonte dos Namorados (Lovers’ Fountain).

So, are you joining us on this journey through another schist village in the Serra da Lousã?

What to do and visit in Aigra Nova Schist Village

Casas de Xisto em Aigra Nova.
Schist houses.
Visitar Aigra Nova, Aldeia de Xisto.
Visit Aigra Nova, Schist Village.
Fonte dos Namorados.
Lovers’ Fountain.
Esplanada em Aigra Nova.
Sun terrace for sunny days.
Casas na Aldeia de Xisto Aigra Nova.
Traditional houses in the Schist Village.
Aigra Nova Aldeia de Xisto.
Aigra Nova, Schist Village.
Mapa com os pontos de interesse em Aigra Nova.
Map with points of interest in the Schist Village of Aigra Nova.

Our ritual upon arriving at the Schist Villages in Portugal is almost always the same: park the car and walk, without big plans and with the camera in hand.

We go without prejudices, with eyes wide open, without an itinerary, with time, and we appreciate what the place offers us.

Almost always we end the visit with a smile on our faces. I love the tranquility of these villages, as well as the simplicity of life.

So, in Aigra Nova, it was no different, and in a few minutes, we were in the company of friendly dogs, who came to greet us.

It wasn’t difficult to find the Ecomuseum Traditions of Schist, as well as the Environmental Interpretation Center, the fountain, the Fountain of Lovers, and the Schist Village Shop, which includes a cafeteria and restrooms.

People settled in this place most likely because of a spring that exists in the upper part of the village.

This water is still used today to irrigate the agricultural fields that are in the lower part of the village and to give water to the cattle.

Anyway, a very enjoyable afternoon that left us with very happy memories.

Accommodation in Aigra Nova Schist Village

Loja Aldeias de Xisto Aigra Nova.
Schist Village Shop.

For a different experience, we suggest staying at least one night in the village of Aigra Nova, and my recommendation is the Casa da Aigra or the Casa dos Avós.

Both accommodations are located within the village, so I believe it will be an excellent stay.

However, if you prefer to explore other options in the Schist Villages, take a look at the following map.

Other Schist Villages in the Serra da Lousã

Aldeia da Pena
Pena Village.

In the Serra da Lousã, there are 12 Schist Villages, and as we enjoy visiting rural areas, we’ve had the opportunity to visit almost all of them.

So, if you’d like more information about the schist villages of Lousã, we suggest you click on their respective names: Aigra Velha, Candal, Casal de São Simão, Casal Novo, Cerdeira, Chiqueiro, Comareira, Ferraria de São João, Gondramaz, Pena, and Talasnal.

Everything you need to know before visiting the Schist Village of Aigra Nova

Máscaras de Entrudo, em Aigra Nova.
Carnival Masks in Aigra Nova.
Loja Aldeia de Xisto.
Schist Village Shop.

Aigra Nova has good car access?

Yes, the village has good car access.

Are there any restaurants or places to eat in Aigra Nova Schist Village?

For a quick bite, I suggest heading to Lousitânea – Liga de Amigos da Serra da Lousã. They have a shop and can prepare something to eat. Just keep in mind it’s not a formal restaurant, but it will satisfy your hunger!

Are there other Schist villages nearby?

Of the 12 Schist Villages in the Serra da Lousã, the closest to Aigra Nova are the following:

  • Comareira: 1 km, 0mi 1093.613yd
  • Aigra Nova: 1.9 km; 1mi 317.8653yd
  • Pena: 3.7 km, 2mi 526.3692yd

What trails pass through Aigra Nova Schist Village?

The PR1 GOI — Caminho do Xisto
 das Aldeias de Góis trail starts in this village, passing through Aigra Velha, Pena, and Comareira.

It’s a circular trail of 9.2 km, typically taking about 4 hours to complete.

Map and how to get to Aigra Nova Schist Village

The shale village is only 12 km from Góis.

From Lisbon

The journey from Lisbon to Aigra Nova is 224 km. However, to choose the best route, we suggest you confirm it on the map we show below.

From Porto

From the northern part of the country, specifically from the city of Porto, the journey is approximately 172 km via the A1, which takes less than 2 hours. So, take note of this schist village to include in your next trip.

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