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  • Category: Walking, Serra D'Arga
  • Tour Grade: Moderate View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Distance: 12 kms per day
  • Available: March to November (you can start on any day of the week, subject to availability)
  • Meeting Point: Viana do Castelo
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1
  • Price: from 650€
  • Included: 7 nights in B&B, walking notes, maps and booklet, transfer from Porto airport to Viana do Castelo, transfers from hotel to walking area and return to hotel, support line.

Walking holiday Portugal, Costa Verde guided & self-guided 

Mountains, green countryside, beautiful beaches, wildlife, fisherman trails, waterfalls and the vinho verde wine region.

  • This is a 8 day centre based walking holiday in the city of Viana do Castelo, the jewel of Costa Verde and famous for its wild mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and Vinho Verde wine.
  • We offer 6 walks in different lansdcapes: from the mountains to the sea. Explore the wildlife and the waterfalls in the Serra de Arga Natural Park, explore the Vinho Verde wine region and the oldest town in Portugal, Ponte de Lima.
  • Discover the Fishermen's Trail walking through sandy and rocky beaches and exploring old windmills.
  • Cross over the Rio Minho in a ferry into Galicia (Spain) to visit the Mountain of Santa Tecla with its
    sanctuary and its celtic settlements.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Porto airport and transfer to your hotel in the city of Viana do Castelo;

Overnight in a 3 star (standard accommodation) or 4 star hotel (high accommodation)

Dinner included.

DAY 2 - Wildlife and traditional villages, Serra de Arga Natural Park

Following some old shepherd paths you will enjoy the stunning landscape of the Serra de Arga Mountain. During this hike you will try to watch the wild horses in the mountains and you will pass through some fastinating traditional villages and hamlets. 

Short hike: 12 kms

Long hike: 20 kms

DAY 3 - Fisherman´s trail: sandy beaches, coastal forts and windmills

This is a linear walk along the Viana do Castelo coastline passing along the way the historical forts that used to protect this area, windmills and which had fine views over the Atlantic Ocean. The walk take you across golden sands, past ancient forts, along board walks and coastal paths.

Short hike: 12 kms

Long hike: 19 kms

DAY 4 - Lima Valley: Vinho Verde wine area and Ponte de Lima, oldest town

Walking along the banks of Rio Lima you will pass near many vineyards and corn fields before to reach Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. The landscape along the Lima Valley is beautiful 

Short hike: 12 kms

Long hike: 18 kms

DAY 5 - Walk around Lindoso, Peneda-Gerês National Park

Lindoso used to be the ‘capital’ of the area and still has the remains of a castle. It’s more famous these days for having the largest collection of stone espigueiros (corn storage houses) around. Most of its 54 espigueiros stand around the communal eira (threshing floor) and some are still used by the villagers.
On this tour you will explore the National Park and you will enjoy the great views over Spain.

Short hike: 12 kms

Long hike: 18 kms

DAY 6 - Watermills and Pincho waterfalls (Serra de Arga Natural Park)

This is circular walk through the Montaria mountain village, once famous for its 42 watermills and the Pincho wateralls. This walk is through pleasant countryside and villages with views of the farmland.

Short hike: 12 kms

Long hike: 18 kms

DAY 7 - Galicia, Spain Celtic settlements and panorama over Portugal - 10 kms

From Caminha, you take the ferry for a short river crossing to Galicia in Spain for the start of the walk. You initially follow the river and then walked uphill through a wooded area to a reached a view point overlooking an ancient Celtic settlement (Castro de Santa Tegra). From the top of the mountain, you walk downhill through a wood of eucalyptus which had been extensively cleared in places. At times there were magnificent views of the Galician plains, the river and Portugal.  

Short hike: 10 kms

Long hike: 19 kms

DAY 8 - Departure

Transfer from Viana do Castelo to Porto airport or city center.

Included on self-guided walking holiday:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3 star hotel or in a 4 star hotel;
  • Transfer from Porto airport/city to first hotel and return transfer (last day/departure);
  • Transfers from hotel - walking area - hotel;
  • Garmin GPS device with tracks, walking booklet and local maps;
  • Support line.

Included on guided walking holiday:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3 star hotel or in a 4 star hotel;
  • Transfer from Porto airport/city to first hotel and return transfer (last day/departure);
  • Transfer from hotel to walking area and from walking area to hotel;
  • English speaking guide during all days (except in the free day);
  • Picnic lunches with traditional Portuguese food and drinks;
  • Support line.

Optional services:

  • Customized tour/Tailor made walks: are available on request;
  • Add more walking days;
  • Add extra walking days in the Peneda-Gerês National Park;
  • Upgrade for 4 star hotels;
  • Extra nights during the holiday (on request);
  • Extra night in Porto (on request);
  • Extra activities (on request).

Hotel Casa Melo Alvim, Viana do Castelo

HIGH GRADE - 4 star hotel: Casa Melo Alvim Hotel is located in the historic centre of Viana do Castelo. It is the oldest urban manor house in the town, having been built in 1509 in the Manueline style. This manor house was restored with dignity and transformed into a comfortable and welcoming hotel.

Twin and double rooms are available on request.

Inside of the hotel you find a nice restaurant where you can taste the local dishes. 

Hotel Rali, Viana do Castelo

STANDARD GRADE - 3 star hotel: The Rali Viana Hotel is located in the noble area of ​​Viana do Castelo, a privileged point of departure for those who want to launch towards the discovery of the three senses of the city.

The innovative architecture, wrapped in the natural beauty of the green and the golden beaches, offer visitors a single and enduring experience in time and memory. It’s on this fusion of sensations that the Rali Viana Hotel draws to characterize its new image. 

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