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Portugal – Alto Minho Discovery Hiking Tour (2021)

PORTUGAL: Alto Minho Discovery Hiking Tour 8 days and 7 nights' accommodation in a mix of charming hotels, 3* and 4* hotels with private facilities and always including breakfasts. Six self-guided walking tours that come with a detailed route description road book and GPS device with the trails pre-programmed. Dinner with drinks on days 3 and 5. Luggage transfer between accommodations from days 2 until day 7 (1 bag per person – maximum 15 kg/bag) and there is 24/7 emergency support if required. This tour is considered moderate. Ideal for walkers who are fit enough to manage more hills and longer distances. Multi-day walks at this grade demand a degree of stamina and may involve an occasional steep climb. Total Distance: 92 km. Season runs from January until December 31st. We have designed this walking tour to help you explore the highlights of both coastal and inland Minho region (is the Northern Region where Nature, Food and Wine are good allies). Few visitors get to fully appreciate this beautiful green landscape and the deeply ingrained and fascinating culture of the region. The Alto Minho tour begins and ends in the fascinating coastal city of Viana do Castelo (considered one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal).  Be sure to arrive in enough time to roam its medieval center and make the journey to the hilltop basilica and Celtic settlement of Santa Luzia. Pedal inland along the riverside cycle path that connects Viana with Ponte de Lima, another charming historical town with strong evidence of its Roman heritage. From here you will follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims in the direction of the holy city of Santiago de Compostela as you walk part of the Way of St. James. As well as glorious countryside, you’ll see plenty of shrines, chapels, ancient bridges and carved stone crosses. Once you reach the northern border of Portugal at the fortress town of Valenca do Minho, it’s time to head west. Follow the River Minho towards the coast, passing riverside towns such as Vila Nova de Cerveira to reach delightful Caminha. Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of white sandy beaches and the colourful activity of small fishing towns as you make your way south along the Atlantic coast to Viana. Of course, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste the crisp local wines and the freshest grilled fish and seafood throughout your journey. 

For more detail about this walking tour, please download the PDF. A special region of Portugal to visit. Other walking and cycling tours available in Portugal. Let us know where you want to explore?

 

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