MINHO

ALTO MINHO COUNTRYSIDE CHARMS

COUNTRYSIDE CHARMS 

8 DAYS | SELF-GUIDED | MODERATE | FROM 600€

The Lighthouses Path

The unique and vibrant Minho region is always surprising. The pure blue of the Atlantic, the majestic granite mountains, green fields, calm rivers,  are the ingredients that form the colorful landscape mosaic. From the green fields of the Lima Valley to the ocean, there is so much to explore on this walking holiday, not forgetting the rich gastronomy and delightful Vinho Verde wines.

ITINERARY 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ALTO MINHO

Arrival at Sistelo, small mountain village shaped, over the centuries, with amazing terraced fields, suspended as if by magic, on the steep mountain side. 

Night Sistelo

DAY 2 SISTELO

Circular walk around this special place. At the end of the walk go for a swim at the natural river pools of Vez River.

Self-guided walk

Night Sistelo

DAY 3 VEZ RIVER 

Stunning riverside walk along Vez river, surrounded by the pure green that characterizes this beautiful region

Self-guided walk

Night Arcos de Valdevez 

DAY 4 LIMA VALLEY

Gentle walk along the river, from Arcos to Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest villages in Portugal. Enjoy and relax, surrounded by the intense green of the valley.

Self-guided walk  

Night Ponte de Lima.

DAY 5 SERRA DE ARGA

Our local guide will join you during this day at Serra de Arga.  Typical and authentic villages, rural heritage and local life. A very diversified walk perfect to learn more about the Portuguese rural world and taste some local flavors.

Guided walk

Night Monção

DAY 6  VINHO VERDE WALKING AND WINE TOUR

Guided tour to the heart of the demarcated region of Vinho Verde, the largest Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) in Portugal. This is a unique wine in the world of light and fresh character, that’s available today in the categories of white, red, rosé and sparkling wine. The brand image of this region is the grape variety Alvarinho.

Guided walk and wine tour

Night Monção

DAY 7 VALENÇA AND TUY (GALICIA)

Walk between vineyards and riverside towards Valença, a fortified town in the border with Spain. In the afternoon cross the border, for a visit to our Spanish neighbors, Galicia!

Following the pilgrims, footsteps cross the centenary iron bridge that connects the two countries. This short section of the Camino de Santiago will take you to Tui.

Self-guided walk  

Night Valença

DAY 8 COUNTRYSIDE BY THE SEA

The day walk will take you further north, always along the ocean. The centenary lighthouse, on the top of the promontory is one of the day highlights. Pre-historical rock engravings, old boat shelters and the coastal landscape are some special ingredients. 

Self-guided walk  

Night Viana do Castelo

DAY 9 VIANA DO CASTELO

Explore the old town center and fishing port area. Lunchtime at one of the local fish restaurants. Free afternoon to explore and relax or if you are felling spirited enjoy a surf class.

Night Viana do Castelo

DAY 10 DEPARTURE

*Want to explore Peneda Gerês National Park? Talk with us!

This holiday is available for solo travelers

How does this trip benefit the destination?

This tour was designed by our local guides, Isabel and Marina, hand-picking the trails, accommodations  and restaurants for you. The accommodations and restaurants that we use are a small scale and usually family-run businesses. For lunch, we prepare your picnic meals with local and KM0 products.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Tailor made Route Notes

  • Serra de Arga Private tour

  • Wine tasting  and walking tour

  • Private transfer

  • B&B and hotels

  • 24/7 phone support

  • Transfers

  • Luggage transfer

  • GPS tracks, topographic map

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Landscape diversity

  • Unique rural heritage

  • Local gastronomy and wine

  • Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima

  • Vinho Verde wine tasting

  • Riverside villages

  • Camino de Santiago

  • Serra de Arga

  • Sistelo

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