Aldeia do Casal Novo
Aldeia do Casal Novo
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Though smaller than Talasnal, the schist houses are as beautiful as in Talasnal however less touristy and thus less crowded since I was the only one there. Unfortunately like most of the interior of Portugal most houses, though renovated by a preservation society called the Aldeias do Xisto or villages of schist, are uninhabited and many are for sale since people prefer the coast
Written 27 November 2018
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,054 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Were it not for the signs, it would be easy to drive right by Casal Novo without noticing it. At road level, only a couple of schist buildings are visible. The rest descend the hillside, out of view of passing traffic (although there is very little traffic on this narrow, winding mountain road). On the opposite side of the road, a water tank that serves the village is surrounded by mint, growing wild.

The small parking area can take a handful of cars. From there, a single footpath heads down the hillside, with a few small perpendicular pathways running off it to access several houses. Part way down the main footpath is a water fountain and small water tank. Towards the bottom of the village are two threshing floors that offer views of the valley below. Casal Novo has an interesting mix of modernised buildings alongside more traditional houses and derelict ruins. The practice of weighting down roof tiles with pieces of schist/slate is also visible here.

This is a purely residential village, with no shops, restaurants or bars to cater to tourists. As I walked around, I passed a few of the residents who were going about their daily lives. It’s a pleasant place to visit and it won’t take much time to see most of the village.

One of 27 traditional schist villages in the region and worth a quick visit.
Written 5 September 2018
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