Donkey trekking Serra de Arga, Northern Portugal

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  • Category: Donkey Trekking, Family Tours, Serra D'Arga
  • Tour Grade: Easy View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Distance: 5 kms / day
  • Available: all year
  • Meeting Point: Montaria
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1

Discover one of the best kept secrets in Northern of Portugal – the Serra D’Arga Nature Reserve! Book a family or solo donkey trekking and live a great adventure!

Donkey trekking is an excellent combination of slow walking with donkeys through the best spots in the Serra D’Arga mountain area. Our donkeys are well trained and will be your partners during this program – they will help you carry the children on their back or carry your picnic in their saddle bags.

On this holiday, you have two options: easy level recommended for beginners and moderate level recommended for more experienced hikers who like climbing mountains (you also have the opportunity to walk to the top of Serra D’Arga – 825m).

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Serra D’Arga

We will go for a short walk through Serra D’Arga and get introduced to the local restaurants and cafes. Overnight in Serra D’Arga accompanied by welcome dinner.

Day 2: The wildlife in the mountain plateau of Serra D’Arga

You will meet your donkey and be shown how to handle and look after him during the walk after which we will set off along ancient paths used by local shepherds to reach the plateau of Serra D’Arga. There, you will be able to see the garrano - wild horses but also different interesting kinds of fauna and flora especially typical from Serra D’Arga. Garrano wild horse is a quite rare Portuguese breed which you can find only in Serra D’Arga and in the Peneda Gerês National Park, the two main wild areas in Portugal.

Option A: easy walk - 6 km, approximate duration 4 hours
Option B: moderate walk with the opportunity to climb to the top of Serra D’Arga (825m) – 12 km, approximate. duration: 6 hours

Day 3: Montaria Watermills

This walk will take you all around the River Âncora. We will walk along the water pipes that carry water from the river and take it into the corn fields. Afterwards, we will arrive to the main square of Montaria with bars and restaurants where we will be able to stop for a drink or some food.
During this tour we will pass through many different landscapes, the banks of the Ancora River surrounded by watermills and waterfalls and the mountain areas with wonderful panoramic views over Montaria village and the whole Ancora Valley.

Along this way we will see water lagoons, and if you only wish, we can make a break to relax and enjoy nature or even have a swim in the crystal-clear water of the lagoons.

Option A: easy walk - 5 km, approximate duration 4 hours
Option B: moderate walk - 8 km, approximate duration 6 hours

What´s included?

  • 2 nights with breakfast;
  • 2 guided walking tours;*
  • Binoculars and walking poles;
  • Accommodation and food for donkey;
  • Snacks and a bottle of water;*
  • 2 day donkey rental - one donkey;
  • Helmet for children,
  • Saddle and saddle bag for donkey to carry your picnics;
  • 1 welcome dinner;
  • 2 picnics with food and drinks;*
  • Guided visit to the inside of a still working watermill;
  • Insurance;
  • Telephone support;
  • Garmin GPS with tracks;**
  • Maps and roadbooks.**

* Available on guided tours, not included on self-guided.

**Available on self-guided tours.

Optional Services:

  • Transfer from Porto airport/city to Serra D´Arga and return: on request;
  • On request we can offer a vegetarian or vegan picnic as well as products without gluten. Therefore, we would like to ask you, while you book a tour, let us know about anyone’s possible food restrictions;
  • Accommodation: different kinds of accommodation is available in the region, contact us in order to learn the alternatives;
  • Extra donkey: more donkeys are available on request.

 

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