Exploring Pena Schist Village: A Hidden Gem in Góis, Portugal

Visitar Pena, a Aldeia de Xisto em Góis.
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Everything you need to know about Pena, the Schist Village in Góis, including what to see and do, tours, restaurants, and where to stay.

The Schist Village of Pena is located in the municipality of Góis (Coimbra district), in the Beira Litoral region.

The small village is sheltered by the Penedos de Góis, which are cliffs reaching 1040 meters in altitude and mark the beginning of the Serra da Lousã.

We visited the village of Pena on a hot summer day, but the coolness of the Ribeira da Pena, or Ribeira Stream and the mountain air greatly alleviated the heat. It was an unforgettable day!

So, will you join us on this journey through the Beira landscape?

Best Thing sTo Do and See in Pena Schist Village

Moinho de rodízio (aldeia da Pena).
Watermill (Pena Schist Village).
Interior do moinho de água.
Interior of the watermill.
Visitar Pena, a Aldeia de Xisto em Góis.
Visit Pena, the Schist Village in Góis.
Penedo do Leão (aldeia da Pena).
Penedo do Leão, or lion Rock (Schist Village in Góis).
Ribeira da Pena (Aldeia de Xisto).
Ribeira da Pena or Pena Stream (Schist Village).
Visitar Pena, a Aldeia de Xisto, com crianças.
Visiting Pena, the Schist Village, with Children.
Ruas em Pena, Aldeia de Xisto.
Streets in Pena, Schist Village.

The Pena Schist Village may be small in size, but there are quite a few attractions to keep visitors entertained.

Our recommendation is to park your car at the village entrance and explore on foot.

Right at the entrance, you’ll be greeted by a centuries-old chestnut tree.

Before starting your stroll, you can check the panel showing the location of the main tourist spots in the village.

Here are some places to include in your itinerary in Pena: Penedo da Abelha, Penedo do Leão, watermill at Poço da Lontra, Neves Family Ethnographic Museum, and the Schist Path.

If you wish to spend the night in Pena, this peaceful village offers three local accommodations: Casa da Cerejinha, Casa do Neveiro, and Casa da Pena.

Other Schist Villages in the municipality of Góis

Miradouro em Comareira, Aldeia de Xisto na Serra da Lousã.
Viewpoint in Comareira, Schist Village in the Serra da Lousã.
As casas protegidas por muros em Aigra Velha.
The houses protected by walls in Aigra Velha.
Esplanada em Aigra Nova.
Terrace in Aigra Nova.

In the municipality of Góis, there are four Schist Villages, with Pena being the largest.

Nevertheless, to enhance your itinerary through the Schist Villages, consider visiting Comareira, the smallest Schist Village, Aigra Velha, situated at an impressive 770 meters, and Aigra Nova, the only Schist Village with a Tree Maternity Ward, where you can sponsor a tree.

Accommodation in Pena Village

Casa da Pena, alojamento na Aldeia de Xisto.
Casa da Pena, accommodation in Schist Village.
Aldeia da Pena
Pena Village.

Not all Schist Villages offer accommodations, but fortunately, in Pena, there are several lodging options to choose from.

So, among Casa da Cerejinha, Casa do Neveiro, and Casa da Pena, you’ll surely find a place to stay that suits your preferences.

However, if you prefer to explore other options, check out the hotels and country houses in Pena and the surrounding area.

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Everything you need to know before visiting Pena Schist Village

Pena, Aldeia de Xisto em Góis.
Pena, Village in Góis, Center of Portugal.
Escultura na entrada da aldeia de Xisto.
Sculpture at the entrance of the Schist Village.

How many inhabitants does the village of Pena have?

The village of Pena in Góis has between 7-13 inhabitants, with 7 people being permanent residents.

Are there restaurants in the village of Pena?

Yes, it has A Tasquinha da Pena Bar.

Does the village of Pena in Góis have good car access?

Yes, the village of Pena has good car access. In fact, the road that connects Góis to Pena is well-signposted, in good condition, and also very scenic.

What trails pass through Pena?

Trilhos em Pena, Aldeia de Xisto - Góis.
Trails in Góis.
Mapa dos trilhos em Góis.
Map of trails in Góis.

The region of Góis is a paradise for trail and hiking enthusiasts, and if you’re considering exploring the village of Pena, here are the recommended trails:

  • PR1 GOI – Schist Path of the Góis Villages: 9.2 km, 4 hours, circular, passing through Aigra Nova, Aigra Velha, and Pena.
  • PR9 GOI – Schist Path of the Góis Schist Villages Baile Trail: 12.7 km, 5 hours, circular, passing through Aigra Velha, Povoais, and Pena.

Map and how to get to the Schist Village of Pena

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