Exploring Alto Minho Highlights

Cultural 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
    • Flex-guided Tour
    • Portugal

    We handpicked for you the best Alto Minho hiking trails.  A great diversity of landscapes, ambiances and experiences on a slow walking holiday. Starting on Peneda-Gerês National Park finishing by the Atlantic, each stage has a something special to discover. Remote villages, camino de santiago stages, transhumance mountain villages, riverside walks, oceanside rock cravings, fishing ports are just some ingredients of your holiday!

    Price Includes

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

    Highlights

    • Landscape diversity
    • Peneda-Gerês NP
    • Corno de Bico protected area
    • Sistelo; Viana do Castelo; Ponte de Lima
    • Unique rural heritage
    • Local gastronomy
    • Countryside
    • Vinho Verde wine tasting
    • Riverside villages
    Itinerary

    Day 1Welcome To Peneda Gerês National Park

    A member of our team will welcome you at Branda da Aveleira, an amazing place, off the beaten path. 

    Overnight Branda da Aveleira

    Day 2Peneda Mountain

    Embark on a journey through the magnificent Peneda Mountain. Follow the old shepherd trails and centenary pilgrim footpaths and explore this amazing granite landscape. Discover the Iberian Wolf territory and explore the rural heritage associated to the transhumance.

    Overnight Branda da Aveleira

    Day 3Sistelo Brandas

    The borough of Aveleira offers an impressive trail, going up the mountains along winding paths in the footsteps of shepherds and cattle towards the hills and the high pastures. Discover the local life and enjoy the green landscape while crossing the traditional corn terraces made centuries ago. Enjoy the incredible landscape of Sistelo, amazing terraced fields, suspended as if by magic, on the steep mountain side. Afternoon time to relax at the riverside village of Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest in Portugal.

    Overnight Ponte de Lima 

    Day 4Corno De Bico Protected Area

    Our local guide will join you during this day at Corno de Bico, in the heart of Alto Minho region. This protected area is one of the best kept secrets. Oak  forests and green terraces paint the typical rural landscape. Learn more about the local culture and ecosystems. Transfer to Cerveira, a charming fortified and riverside village, near the Spanish border.

    Overnight Vila Nova de Cerveira

    Day 5Cerveira And Minho River

    Some free time in the morning to recover energies at Cerveira, know as the Arts Village and to visit the border with Spain. 

    Afternoon boat tour, explore Minho international river islands and ecosystems. 

    Overnight Vila Nova de Cerveira

    Day 6Coastal Walk

    After a short transfer, with a stop for coffe at Caminha, a charming medieval village. Your trail starts in Âncora, from here you’ll walk 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

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