Donkey trekking Serra de Arga, Northern Portugal

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  • Category: Donkey Trekking, Family Tours, Serra D'Arga
  • Tour Grade: Moderate View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Distance: 10 kms / day
  • Available: From March to November (you can start on any day of the week, subject to availability)
  • Meeting Point: Montaria
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1

Discover one of the best kept secrets in Northern of Portugal – the Serra D’Arga Natural Park! Book a family or a 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.

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. If you arrive earlier you can start the first walk in this day and the third day can be a free day to explore the surroundings.

Overnight in Montaria village. 

Day 2: The wildlife in the Serra D’Arga Natural Park - 16 kms

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 top of Serra D’Arga. There, you will be able to try to watch 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.

Day 3: Montaria watermills & Pincho waterfalls - 11 kms

This walk will take you all around the main river in Serra D´Arga. You will walk along old water pipes that carry water from the river and take it into the corn fields. Afterwards, you 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 you will pass through many different landscapes, the banks of the river surrounded by watermills and waterfalls and the mountain areas with wonderful panoramic views over Montaria village.

Along this walk you will visit Pincho waterfalls, where you can make a break to relax and enjoy nature or even have a swim in the crystal-clear water of the lagoons.

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 or more donkeys;
  • 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.

ADD ONS:

  • 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;
  • Extra donkey: more donkeys are available on request.

 

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