The Serra d’Arga villages include three centres: Arga de Baixo, Arga de Cima and Arga de São João. These are typically rural villages, with traditional buildings that serve as support for the local agricultural activities. The villages have an architectural heritage which has been well-restored and preserved, which you can admire while walking peacefully along.
Stay in one of the houses restored for tourism, where you can have a comfortable stay on Serra d’Arga. Visit the São João d’Arga monastery, designated a national monument, and enjoy the beautiful landscape that can be seen from this vantage point! The Serra d’Arga Interpretation Centre (CISA), in Arga de Baixo, provides information on the natural heritage of the mountain so that you can make the most of your visit! As an area of magnificent natural beauty, Serra d’Arga is classified as a NATURA 2000 Network site. Here there is no shortage of hiking choices: the Pedra Alçada Trail, the Chã Grande Trail, the Cabeço do Meio-Dia Trail and the Chã da Franqueira Trail. Choose the one you like best and start walking!
Discover the Serra d’Arga mills, located near the main waterways and covered with slabs of schist, which are examples of the traditional mountain architecture. Savour the cornbread, smoked pork sausage and roast lamb accompanied with good quality vinho verde and end the meal with aguardente “fire water” with honey. The São João d’Arga pilgrimage (28 and 29 August) is one of the most famous in the region. On this day, the pilgrims sleep in the area surrounding the monastery of São João and take part in the singing competition, in a lively celebration to the sound of concertinas.