EXPLORING ALTO MINHO HIGHLIGHTS 

O CAMIÑO DOS FAROS

HERITAGE AND NATURE

8 DAYS | FLEX-GUIDED | MODERATE | FROM 650€

We handpicked for you the best Alto Minho hiking trails.  A great diversity of landscapes, ambiances and experiences on a slow walking holiday. Starting on Peneda-Gerês National Park finishing by the Atlantic, each stage has a something special to discover. Remote villages, camino de santiago stages, transhumance mountain villages, riverside walks, oceanside rock cravings, fishing ports are just some ingredients of your holiday!

ITINERARY 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO PENEDA GERÊS NATIONAL PARK

A member of our team will welcome you at Branda da Aveleira, an amazing place, off the beaten path. 

Overnight Branda da Aveleira

DAY 2 PENEDA MOUNTAIN

Embark on a journey through the magnificent Peneda Mountain. Follow the old shepherd trails and centenary pilgrim footpaths and explore this amazing granite landscape. Discover the Iberian Wolf territory and explore the rural heritage associated to the transhumance.

Overnight Branda da Aveleira

DAY 3 SISTELO BRANDAS 

The borough of Aveleira offers an impressive trail, going up the mountains along winding paths in the footsteps of shepherds and cattle towards the hills and the high pastures. Discover the local life and enjoy the green landscape while crossing the traditional corn terraces made centuries ago. Enjoy the incredible landscape of Sistelo, amazing terraced fields, suspended as if by magic, on the steep mountain side. Afternoon time to relax at the riverside village of Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest in Portugal.

Overnight Ponte de Lima 

DAY 4 CORNO DE BICO PROTECTED AREA

Our local guide will join you during this day at Corno de Bico, in the heart of Alto Minho region. This protected area is one of the best kept secrets. Oak  forests and green terraces paint the typical rural landscape. Learn more about the local culture and ecosystems. Transfer to Cerveira, a charming fortified and riverside village, near the Spanish border.

Overnight Vila Nova de Cerveira

DAY 5 CERVEIRA AND MINHO RIVER

Some free time in the morning to recover energies at Cerveira, know as the Arts Village and to visit the border with Spain. 

Afternoon boat tour, explore Minho international river islands and ecosystems. 

Overnight Vila Nova de Cerveira

DAY 6  COSTAL WALK

After a short transfer, with a stop for coffe at Caminha, a charming medieval village. Your trail starts in Âncora, from here you'll walk 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 Galicia? 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, country cottage and hotels

  • Pic nic lunch

  • Boat tour

  • 24/7 phone support

  • Entrance fee at Aquamuseu

  • Transfers

  • Luggage transfer

  • GPS tracks, topographic map

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Landscape diversity

  • Peneda-Gerês NP

  • Corno de Bico protected area

  • SisteloViana do Castelo; Ponte de Lima

  • Unique rural heritage

  • Local gastronomy 

  • Countryside

  • Vinho Verde wine tasting

  • Riverside villages

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GERÊS

Unique an unforgettable, two words to describe the only Portuguese National Park. Strong granite landscapes, mountain villages, clear water streams, green and lush oak tree forest are some of the attributes of this protected area.

douro walking

A special Portuguese region, home of the famous port wine. Amazing terraces sculpted on the steep hillsides, Douro river magic. The perfect ingredients for a hiking and wine getaway. 

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The unique and vibrant Minho region is always surprising. The local traditions, the majestic granite mountains, green fields, calm rivers,  are the ingredients that form the colorful landscape mosaic. 

northern portugal coast

Travel to the very heart of Alto Minho region and explore the picturesque valleys and mountains from the National Park. Walk from village to village, from the mountains to the ocean side. The perfect slow holiday at Portugal countryside. 

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A unique experience at one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the World. The legendary Camino de Santiago, is an unforgettable journey. 

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Choose here your favorite tour, nature lover? Or heritage and traditions special interest? Your holiday, your choice! We’re committed to making travel accessible for everyone, regardless of disability or ability.