Walking Holiday Northern Portugal Minho

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  • Category: Walking, Peneda Gerês National Park
  • Tour Grade: Moderate View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Distance: 14 kms per day
  • Available: All year round
  • Meeting Point: Soajo (Peneda-Geres National Park)
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1
  • Included: 7 nights in B&B, walking notes, maps and booklet, transfer from Porto airport to walking area and return transfer, support line, baggage transfers between hotels

Walking holiday in Northern Portugal, Minho - self-guided holiday hotel to hotel

2 days walking in the Geres National Park, 2 days walking along the Lima Valley and 2 days walking along the Atlantic coast, this is our new holiday for people who would like to explore Northern Portugal - 8 days walking in Portugal.

  • This holiday starts in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only National Park in Portugal. The National Park is home of wild horses and Iberian wolves.
  • On third and fourth day, you walk on the banks of the Lima River. During the walks you have time to explore the Vinho Verde wine region and the oldest town in Portugal, Ponte de Lima.
  • The last two walking days you will explore the Portuguese coastline walking through windmills and sandy beaches. If you arrive earlier in Caminha you can cross the Minho river by ferry and you have time to explore Galicia, Spain.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Porto airport and transfer to your first accommodation in Soajo;

Overnight Soajo

DAY 2 - From Lindoso to Soajo

Transfer from Soajo to Lindoso (10 min.) Starting this walk nearby Lindoso castle you have time to visit the local castle and the 50 granaries around the castle.
Leaving Lindoso you descend to cross the Alto Lindoso dam and you will walk along the Portugal-Spain border. This route takes you through shepherd paths, traditional villages and oak forests.

  • Overnight Soajo
  • Distance: 12kms

DAY 3 - From Soajo to Paredes do Vale - Ponte da Barca

Leaving Soajo you follow old tracks along the mountainside, from Soajo to Paredes do Vale. During this walk you have a great panorama over Peneda Geres National Park. Transfer at the end to your hotel.

  • Overnight Ponte de Barca.
  • Distance: 14 kms

DAY 4 - Ponte da Barca - Ponte de Lima

Leaving Ponte da Barca, you walk alongside the peaceful Rio Lima and through vineyards. You will finish your day arriving in the oldest town in Portugal, Ponte de Lima. Today’s walk is a complete contrast to the previous two days. The path is easy.

  • Overnight Ponte de Lima
  • Distance: 17 kms

DAY 5 - Ponte de Lima - Viana do Castelo

Leaving Ponte de Lima you walk along the magnificent avenue of plane trees by the river then mainly walk on rural tracks, through fertile agricultural land and woodland. At Passagem, where there used to be a ferry across the river, you will have the opportunitty to visit a family owned winery to taste a local Vinho Verde. 

  • Overnight Viana do Castelo.
  • Distance: 14 kms

DAY 6 - Viana do Castelo - Vila Praia de Âncora

This walk is another complete contrast, as you walk along the Atlantic Coast northwards from Viana to Vila Praia de Âncora. On this route is you walk nearby sandy beaches and you can see some of old windmills nearby the coast.

  • Overnight Vila Praia de Âncora. 
  • Distance: 19 kms

DAY 7 - Vila Praia de Âncora - Caminha - A Guarda, Spain

Today’s walk is in two distinct sections. The first takes you to the town of Caminha where your last night’s accommodation is located. You can then extend the walk by taking a ferry and crossing the border between Portugal and Spain to walk up Monte de Santa Trega (Galicia, Spain), the hill opposite Caminha, returning later by ferry. 

  • Overnight Caminha.
  • Distance: 10 kms (Vila Praia de Ancora to Caminha) + 8 kms (Caminha - A Guarda - Caminha)

DAY 8 - Departure

Transfer from Caminha to Porto airport or city center.

Included:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in standard hotels;
  • Transfer from Porto airport/city to first hotel and return transfer (Caminha to Porto airport/city);
  • Baggage transfers between the hotels;
  • Garmin GPS device with tracks, walking booklet and local maps;
  • Support line.

Optional services:

  • Please let us know if you would like to book this holiday but have short walks in each day;
  • Self guided or guided walking holiday in the Douro Valley (on request);
  • Book a guided holiday (on request);
  • Upgrade for 4 star hotels;
  • Extra nights during the holiday (on request);
  • Extra night in Porto (on request);
  • Extra activities (on request).

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