The rugged hills of the Serra da Lousã, only 25km southeast of Coimbra, make another fine day-trip from the city, though you’ll really need to stay the night if you plan on doing any serious exploration. The handsome town of Lousã is the main base (easily accessible by bus from Coimbra), providing access to a series of aldeais do xisto, or mountain schist villages, that were largely depopulated in the 1960s but are now gradually being revived and regenerated in response to the increasing interest in rural tourism.

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  • A hike into the Serra da Lousã