MINHO

ALTO MINHO COUNTRYSIDE CHARMS 

O CAMIÑO DOS FAROS

PORTUGUESE HEART AND SOUL

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 PONTE DA BARCA

Arrival at Ponte da Barca, a small riverside village near Peneda-Gerês National Park. Meet with a member of our team for a briefing. Overnight Ponte da Barca

DAY 2 SISTELO

Small mountain village shaped, over the centuries, with amazing terraced fields, suspended as if by magic, on the steep mountain side.  A special place that worth to explore on a hiking day. At the end of the walk go for a swim at the natural river pools of Vez River. Overnight Ponte da Barca

DAY 3 LIMA VALLEY, WALKING AND WINE

Gentle walk along the river, from Ponte da Barca to Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest villages in Portugal. Enjoy and relax, surrounded by the intense green of the valley. End the day with a nice Vinho Verde tasting, the fresh local wine.  Overnight Ponte de Lima.

DAY 4 CAMINO DE SANTIAGO EXPERIENCE  

A day walk at one of the legendary sections of the Portuguese Way of Saint Jacques Compostela. This stage passes through beautiful small villages typical of the Minho region, full of excellent contrasts. Transfer back to Ponte de Lima. Overnight 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.

Overnight Viana do Castelo

DAY 6  COSTAL WALK

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. 

Overnight Viana do Castelo

 

DAY 7 VIANA DO CASTELO

In the morning guided tour in 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.

Overnight Viana do Castelo

DAY 8 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

  • Team Meet&Greet

  • Tailormade Route Notes

  • Private tours with local guides

  • B&B and hotels

  • Pic nic lunch

  • Wine tasting

  • 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

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