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escritaideiasd
Odivelas, Portugal184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Deixámos o carro a cerca de um quilómetro, porque era dia de romaria da Nossa Senhora da Piedade, e fomos até lá pelo passadiço de beira da estrada, sempre com uma vista magnífica para o vale, as colinas à volta, o castelo, que é apenas uma torre de menagem que emerge do arvoredo de forma fotogénica, e a ermida onde a figura permanece até à altura em que lá estivemos, para passar a pernoitar na vila durante um mês. Pelo menos foi isso que nos contaram. Depois foi a descida até piscina fluvial, com muitas fotos às diversas quedas de água, uma caminhada pela área do santuário e um pequeno percurso no caminho que entra pela floresta adentro em direção às aldeias de xisto, que não fizemos por já serem cinco da tarde. É um dos sítios mais belos onde estive e vale certamente a visita. We left the car about a kilometer away, because it was the day of the Nossa Senhora da Piedade pilgrimage, and we went there along the walkway at the side of the road, always with a magnificent view of the valley, the surrounding hills, the castle, which is just a keep that emerges from the trees in a photogenic way, and the hermitage where the figure remains until the time we were there, to sleep in the village for a month. At least that's what we were told. Then there was the descent to the river pool, with many photos of the different waterfalls, a walk through the sanctuary area and a short journey on the path that goes into the forest towards the shale villages, which we didn’t do because it was already five in the afternoon . It's one of the most beautiful places I've been and is certainly worth a visit.
Written 8 May 2023
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy984 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
A nice schist castle located in the Serra da Lousa and surrounded by forest. It takes a little to reach by foot from Lousa city center but the hike is worth the place and views
Written 27 November 2018
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Miguel Silva
Porto, Portugal65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The castle on its own don’t worth the visit but the surroundings totally yes. Go to the site and skip the castle, you will not regreat
Written 6 August 2018
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Last month was under renovation, so I did not see it in full bloom. Very nice views from the castle. Also, a nice area for a picnic or a swim :)
Written 13 July 2018
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Whispersthat W
Seattle, WA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
We drove in on motorcycles and stayed in this Castle! What a class treat after a long break day's ride through the forests and villages of the Serra da Estrella. Staff were extremely helpful and service was excellent. Rooms are dated but not like motel 6 but now like this place used to be a castle.
Written 21 June 2018
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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL987 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
On the outskirts of Lousa, the Lousa Castle, under renovation when we were there with restricted access, still impresses from its imposing contours and its schist construction. The castle is a short walk to the picnic area, restaurant and pools down the hill.

The Lousa Castle is great piece of local and architectural history; you should check it out.
Written 29 April 2018
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paulette s
Miranda do Corvo31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
Well worth a visit, near to a restaurant and a natural swimming pool. Book the restaurant or take a picnic. Arrive early for a parking place.
Written 10 October 2017
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HikerDoc21208
Pikesville, MD165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
The history and architecture of this region is unique. Made of schist or slate-like layered earth, forts, castles, communities of houses, a Sanctuary and infrastructure build during the 17-1800's in this mid-mountain region of Portugal. The hike was even better. We started at the Lousa Castle and trekked on single tract trails to the above sites. There are 27 abandoned schist villages of which we hiked to 2. Most recently, the municipality has begun the process of adding infrastructure and re-gentrifying the shells into homes, BnB's, restaurants and outdoor facilities and activities. It all overlooks the Lousa town valley where we stayed in the Palacio de Louisa Boutique hotel. The guide and arrangements were made for us as a personalized tour by Ana of Splendid Evasions, Evaneos Travel.
This a beautiful area to explore and of course, shows how Portugal is flourishing since Dictatorship to its present Democracy.
Written 28 September 2017
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RICK B
BILLINGS278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
To take this hike/walk is the best way to get to the castle. The trail is well marked and goes past the paper plant (started in the 1700's), numerous ancient old mills, follows a stream that you cross back and forth over, with lush vegetation. There is one steep rocky part, so good walking shoes is advisable. It is about an hour's walk, start at the Town Hall, where a good map is on a public reader board. We took the road back to town, which was a nice walk downhill and gives you wonderful views and beautiful homes to walk past as you get close to down. If you want to have more information on this walk and others you can talk from this area, type in "Walking Tours in Lousa" into your search engine, there was a PDF file that we downloaded that was very complete. We just wish we had more time to do more of the hikes.
The castle itself is a great ancient structure, you can only see it from the outside, there is a locked gate, but really the fun part was the walk to it. Then there is the church and other sites to see from here. We highly recommend this adventure.
Written 17 September 2017
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John G
87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Although the castle not open to public, the nature around the castle is simply breathtaking. We came here just for a quick stop before the start of our hike to the Talasnal Schist villages.
Written 6 September 2017
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