Candal Village, nestled in the hills

by Nuno Madeira
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Candal Village is one of the most accessible Schist Villages in Lousã.

Situated on National Road 236 that connects Lousã to the highest point of the Mountain (Trevim with its fantastic and photogenic swing) and the Castanheira de Pera, this village shows its schist houses, the threshing floor, the fountain, and the public wash, all testimonies preserved in time.

“More than a point of support, it is a comforting harbour of shelter for those who go up or down the mountain” and it is from the top of the sloping streets and endless steps that the reward is greater, with a beautiful view over the valley.

The vast majority of the dwellings are located on the slope exposed to the east, and others are located along the remaining slopes of the valley, all converging to the same point.

Given its privileged accessibility by EN236, Candal is often considered the most developed of the mountain villages, and the most visited along with the Talasnal Village.

When you arrive at the entrance of the village, you can find the Aldeias do Xisto Shop which also has a cafeteria. If you arrived here from Lousã, you will have passed a white building on the left-hand side that was the old primary school.

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But there are many other points to visit such as the Chafariz, also at the base of the village, the Moinhos de Água in the continuity of the Ribeira de Candal, the Lagar de Azeite, Lavadouro and Represa in the street to the right of the Aldeias do Xisto Shop, and the Miradouro from where you can enjoy all this amphitheater of history.

Climbing the sloping streets and several steps are rewarded with the view from the Miradouro. Until then, we passed through several dwellings, high, low, recovered and others to recover.

It looks like an authentic historical maze that converges to the same place.

The name Candal may be associated with the art of working the stone (Cantar a Pedra), which may have given rise to the name “Candar”, and then Candal.

With a history common to the rest of the villages, the settlement of the population will have occurred in the second half of the seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.

Candal is an example of the genius of man in the face of the irregularities of the terrain, providing the buildings to ensure solar exposure and facilitate access.

In 1940 the village reached its historical maximum of 201 inhabitants, where its main activities would be agriculture, animal husbandry, and charcoal making.

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Like Casal Novo, Talasnal, Cerdeira and Chiqueiro, Candal village is also included in the Site of Community Importance Serra da Lousã – Natura 2000 Network.

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Candal village Location

Google Maps Coordinates: 40.0641349,-7.4907844 | open on Google Maps
GPS Coordinates: 40°04’54.3″N 8°12’16.2″W

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