Alto Minho Countryside Charms

Self Guided Tour

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    Explore Iberia

    Explore Iberia

    We are a small and independent tour operator, at heart a family business, ​born in 2018 from the dream of three friends, Isabel, Marina and Bruno. With more than 20 years guiding throughout the North of Portugal, Azores and Galicia, we acquired a deep knowledge and strong bonds with these destinations, allowings us to hand pick to all our guests the best itinerary possible. 

    To us, travel means genuinely getting under the skin of a country and its culture. It’s tasting the local food, meeting the local people, experiencing a place like a local and living meaningful moments. 

    Our desire was create and share a responsible adventure travel alternative to the Northern Portugal, Galicia and the Azores, three beautiful destinations that are part of our life!

    • 8 Days
    • Self-guided Tour
    • Portugal

    The unique and vibrant Minho region is always surprising. The pure blue of the Atlantic, the majestic granite mountains, green fields, calm rivers,  are the ingredients that form the colorful landscape mosaic. From the green fields of the Lima Valley to the ocean, there is so much to explore on this walking holiday, not forgetting the rich gastronomy and delightful Vinho Verde wines.

    Price Includes

    • Team Meet&Greet
    • Tailormade Route Notes
    • Private tours with local guides
    • B&B and hotels
    • Picnic lunch
    • Wine tasting
    • 24/7 phone support
    • Transfers
    • Luggage transfer
    • GPS tracks, topographic map


    • Landscape diversity
    • Unique rural heritage
    • Local gastronomy and wine
    • Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima
    • Vinho Verde wine tasting
    • Riverside villages

    Day 1Ponte Da Barca

    Arrival at Ponte da Barca, a small riverside village near Peneda-Gerês National Park. Meet with a member of our team for a briefing. Overnight Ponte da Barca

    Day 2Sistelo

    Small mountain village shaped, over the centuries, with amazing terraced fields, suspended as if by magic, on the steep mountain side.  A special place that worth to explore on a hiking day. At the end of the walk go for a swim at the natural river pools of Vez River. Overnight Ponte da Barca

    Day 3Lima Valley, Walking and Wine

    Gentle walk along the river, from Ponte da Barca to Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest villages in Portugal. Enjoy and relax, surrounded by the intense green of the valley. End the day with a nice Vinho Verde tasting, the fresh local wine.  Overnight Ponte de Lima.

    Day 4Camino De Santiago Experience

    A day walk at one of the legendary sections of the Portuguese Way of Saint Jacques Compostela. This stage passes through beautiful small villages typical of the Minho region, full of excellent contrasts. Transfer back to Ponte de Lima. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

    Day 5Serra De Arga

    Our local guide will join you during this day at Serra de Arga.  Typical and authentic villages, rural heritage and local life. A very diversified walk perfect to learn more about the Portuguese rural world and taste some local flavors.

    Overnight Viana do Castelo

    Day 6Coastal Walk

    The day walk will take you further north, always along the ocean. The centenary lighthouse, on the top of the promontory is one of the day highlights. Pre-historical rock engravings, old boat shelters and the coastal landscape are some special ingredients. 

    Overnight Viana do Castelo

    Day 7Viana Do Castelo

    In the morning guided tour in old town center and fishing port area. Lunchtime at one of the local fish restaurants. Free afternoon to explore and relax or if you are felling spirited enjoy a surf class.

    Overnight Viana do Castelo

    Day 8Departure