Loural Village

Guided Hiking Tours

Guided hikes in the Serra de Açor

For outdoor explorers we organise guided hiking tours showing you the mountain tops and villages of the Serra de Açor. Nature’s flora and fauna is very diverse in this area and provides different perspectives during each of the 4 seasons; you will always be able to experience the best of this beautiful mountain landscape.

We have several one-way or round-trip hikes available, all starting from Loural Village. Please book via email or at the Loural reception.

        A) Fajao and Casal Novo village exploration

If a gentle stroll through a picturesque schist village appeals to you more than a strenuous hike, then a visit to the villages of Casal Novo and Fajao is the ideal trip. Wander through cobbled streets and enjoy the beautiful old stone houses and productive gardens, full of locally grown fruit and vegetables. The trip includes stunning mountain views and a visit down to the river. End your walk with a visit to Fajao’s local restaurant for lunch or dinner, one of the best kept secrets in this part of Portugal.

Hiking level: Easy

Time: 3 hours (The tour ends in Fajao, so it is up to you when you return)

Cost: €25 per person or €60 per group.

A group can consist of a minimum of 3 adults and a maximum of 7 adults. After this, additional adults can attend for 10 euros per person. Up to two children (under the age of 16) can attend the hike for free, per group. Any additional children can attend for 5 euros each. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Extra details: Please note that you will need your own transport to get to the villages from Loural and back. Your hiking leader, Sophie, will meet you at Loural and show you the way to Casal Novo and then to Fajao. At each village you will be taken on a walking tour of the area, ending at the restaurant in Fajao. If you choose to stay and have lunch or dinner, you can take as long as you wish and then make your own way back to Loural.

Depending on the time of year, this trip offers excellent swimming opportunities. Please contact your hiking leader Sophie through Ines, if you would like to include a swim in your trip. Please also let us know if you would like us to book a table at the restaurant in Fajao for lunch or dinner (not open on Mondays.)

         B) Soito Village Hike

A beautiful forest hike from Loural village to the nearby traditional schist village of Soito. There is the option to have coffee in the local Casa Convivio (community house) in Soito on arrival. The hike can be one-way or a return trip, depending on your preference.

Hiking level: Easy – Involves some moderately steep uphill and downhill walking.

Time: 1.5 hours (one way) or 3 hours (return trip).

Cost: One way costs €15 per person or €45 per group. / Return trip costs €20 per person or €55 per group.

A group can consist of a minimum of 3 adults and a maximum of 7 adults. After this, additional adults can attend for 10 euros per person. Up to two children (under the age of 16) can attend the hike for free, per group. Any additional children can attend for 5 euros each. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Extra details: Please note that if you choose the one-way option you will either need to arrange your own transport to return from Soito village or arrange for your hiking leader to drive you back to Loural at the end of the trip (€10 per car journey)

        C) Aldeia Velha Circular Hike

Enjoy a pleasant hike through beautiful forest to the village of Aldeia Velha and back. Challenge yourself with some steep uphill walking and then reward yourself with stunning views and a glass of wine or cup of coffee in Aldeia Velha.

Hiking level: Moderate – this hike includes a very steep uphill walk

Time: 3 – 4 hours

Cost: €20 per person or €55 per group.

A group can consist of a minimum of 3 adults and a maximum of 7 adults. After this, additional adults can attend for 10 euros per person. Up to two children (under the age of 16) can attend the hike for free, per group. Any additional children can attend for 5 euros each. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

        D) Malhada Circular Hike

This all day hike combines stunning forest walks, mountains-top views and visits to two local villages, Soito and Malhada. This is a great option if you are looking for something more physically challenging and want to get a real taste of the local area.

Hiking level: Difficult – Some steep hills and many hours of walking

Time: Between 6 and 8 hours (depending on the speed of the group).

Cost: €50 per person or €150 per group.

A group can consist of a minimum of 3 adults and a maximum of 7 adults. After this, additional adults can attend for 10 euros per person. Up to two children (under the age of 16) can attend the hike for free, per group. Any additional children can attend for 5 euros each. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Extra details:  You will need to bring enough food and water to last you a full day of walking (eg. A packed lunch and extra snacks) in addition to the other items mentioned in the ‘what to bring’ section.

        E) Custom designed hikes

Local hiking leader Sophie can provide custom designed hikes to meet the specific needs of you or your group. Would you like to go somewhere not listed above or do you want to include other interests such as swimming into your day? If so, please get in touch with the reception at Loural and Sophie would be happy to discuss arrangements to accommodate your needs.