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Marked by the intense green of its fields and vineyards, the Minho regions’ natural landscape is one of enormous beauty and biodiversity. Not yet well known as a ‘walkers paradise’, it is safe to say the Minho is reasonably ‘less trodden’ than other regions of Portugal such as the Southern Algarve or the autonomous islands of Madeira.  

This trek begins in the Serra D’Arga Mountains on the Spanish border where you enjoy your first two days walking. On your third day you meet the beautiful River Lima which you walk beside before reaching the historic town of Ponte de Lima known as the oldest village in Portugal. This charming village is home to one of the few crossing points of the river over a picturesque medieval bridge. Your remaining days are enjoyed walking along the Green Coast past attractive windmills ending on a high point as you cross the River Minho into Spain for your last ascent.

The Walking

We have carefully selected our routes to ensure the walker truly experiences the best the Minho region has to offer. The majority of our walks are easy to navigate on clear paths with the exception of our routes in the Serra D’Arga Mountain where our walk notes and maps will guide you through the stunning landscape. You can expect to walk alongside the river, visit a National park and also visit the local wineries along your route.

Self-Guided Walking

We provide you with our self-guided walk booklet which documents each walk. We also provide a route map for each days walk and an overview map of the Minho region.

Luggage Transfer

The luggage is transferred for you from hotel to hotel, leaving you free to travel with a day rucksack only.

Walk Grading

Self-Guided Easy with some long days. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Total ascents: 1780m. Total descents: 1570m. Total distance: 67 miles.

 

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Portugal Minho Trek

On this trek we offer mostly 3-4* hotels with 2 nights spent in lovely cottage style houses. You have the option to upgrade on 6 nights (all but your last night). These have all been chosen for their charm, location and friendliness. All rooms have a private bathroom, mostly with a shower over the bath. The hotels will let you know about any local specialities for dinner and a buffet-style continental breakfast. 

Below is a brief description of our normal hotels, however, if full, we may change the hotel to something similar.

Nights 1 & 2: Your first two nights are spent in the lovely village of Soajo right in the heart of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, quite close to the Spanish border. For our standard grade accommodation, you will stay in a cottage where provisions are in place for you to make your own breakfast in the kitchenette (including freshly baked bread!). All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

If opting for higher grade accommodation, your first two nights are spent in a traditional style house which is very beautiful with brilliant hosts. Most rooms have a balcony overlooking the lovely Soajo hills. Breakfast is served in their homely kitchen with a typical old bread oven. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Night 3: Our standard grade is a charming hotel which offers privileged views over the river and is fondly known as the 'Hotel for Poets'. Some rooms have views of the beautiful river and gardens. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Our higher grade hotel is set in an old manor house by the church, this hotel has been restored and furnished in a grand style. There is a large lounge/games room, an outdoor pool and gym. A continental breakfast is served in the old kitchen. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC and shower.

Night 4: Our standard grade option is a small hotel which used to house a grocery store; the comfortable rooms are themed around the buildings history. You enter through the old shop, now a quirky cafe where you have your breakfast. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Our higher grade hotel is located next to the historical centre of Ponte de Lima and is also very close to the towns beautiful river. It features a small spa area with lush gardens where you can enjoy a peaceful evening. A lovely buffet breakfast is served consisting of dishes made with seasonal ingredients. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air conditioning, private balcony and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Night 5: Our standard grade hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and is welcoming and comfortable with a lovely indoor pool to relax in. Breakfast is a buffet with plenty of choice. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air con, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

If you opt for our higher grade hotel, this is a very atmospheric 16th century manor house with a lovely piano bar and beautiful garden with cascade. An excellent breakfast is provided with both hot and cold buffet choices. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air con, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Night 6: Our standard grade hotel is just a few metres from the lovely promenade and offers views of both the Atlantic Ocean and mountains of Vila Praia de Âncora. Bicycles are available to rent from the hotel if you would like to explore the town further. Meals are not included here but there is a wide selection of restaurants to enjoy your breakfast and dinner at. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air con and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Our higher grade hotel is located near a lovely seaside resort and may look small from the outside but it is surprisingly large inside. It has a bar/lounge and an outdoor pool as well as a snooker room. Breakfast is an excellent buffet with lots of choice. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Night 7: This hotel is an 18th century manor house, the front is the old building and the rear is a modern group of ‘premium rooms’ which swivels 35 degrees twice a day to change the view! The rooms are themed around painting, graphic design, street art or fashion. There is a lounge, games room, pool, garden and restaurant where they are very proud of their large selection of regional wines. Breakfast is an extensive buffet. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air con, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.  

 

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Day 1: Arrive at Porto airport and transfer directly to your first accommodation in Soajo (transfer included). Overnight Soajo.

Day 2: Transfer to Lindoso (included) where you then descend to cross the Rio Lima via an impressive hydro-electric dam. This involves 2 km of tarmac road, thereafter you walk along ancient tracks and paths. Today’s route takes you through picturesque villages, farmland and forest. You will witness a disappearing way of life. Much of this landscape was farmed in the past – numerous terraces, water channels, barns and grain stores attest to this heritage. Overnight Soajo.

Ascent: 510m. Descent: 510m. Distance: 9 ½ miles. Time: 5 ½ hours.

Day 3: You follow old tracks along the mountainside, westwards from Soajo, and apart from short downhill sections you will be gradually ascending the whole way. Reaching the village of Vila de Soente, you walk up their access road and cross the main road to enter a wooded area; transfer at the end to your hotel. Overnight Ponte de Barca.

Ascent: 590m. Descent: 380m. Distance: 7 ½ miles. Time: 3 ¾ hours.

Day 4: Leaving Ponte da Barca, you walk alongside the peaceful Rio Lima for most of your day to the historic town of Ponte de Lima. Today’s walk is a complete contrast to the previous two days. Only towards the end do you leave the riverside for a kilometre or so. The going is very easy, being virtually level and traffic-free nearly all the way. Take your swimming things if you like a dip – there are some lovely swimming spots along the river. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

Ascent: 100m. Descent: 150m. Distance: 11 ¼ miles. Time: 4 ¼ hours.

Day 5: Today you have easy walking again, as you continue along the valley of the Rio Lima from Ponte de Lima. Most of the route is level and much of it is traffic-free. You leave Ponte de Lima along the magnificent avenue of plane trees by the river then mainly walk on tracks or rural roads, through fertile agricultural land and woodland. At Passagem, where there used to be a ferry across the river, you turn south towards the hills and into an area of intensive grape growing and wine production. Overnight Viana do Castelo.

Ascent: 80m. Descent: 30m. Distance: 8 ½ miles. Time: 3 hours.

Day 6: After two days in the mountains and then two days along the valley of the Rio Lima, today’s walk is another complete contrast, as you walk along the ‘Green Coast’ northwards from Viana to Vila Praia de Âncora. Apart from one modest hill at Montedor mid-way along the route (and occasional sand-dunes) the walking feels more or less level. Some of the time you have the option to walk along the beach. Overnight Vila Praia de Âncora.

Ascent: 150m. Descent: 150m. Distance: 11 ¼  miles. Time: 4 ¼  hours.

Day 7: 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 across the Rio Minho to Galicia in Spain to walk up Monte de Santa Trega (aka Tecla or Tegra), the striking conical hill opposite Caminha, returning later by ferry. Starting along the ‘prom’ in Vila Praia de Âncora, you continue your trek northwards along the coast until you pass the resort town of Santana. Thereafter you leave the bustle behind and walk through shady pine forest to the mouth of the Rio Minho estuary and a sheltered beach. If you would like a swim but don’t fancy the open sea at Santana, this is a good place to stop. Overnight Caminha.

Ascent: 350m. Descent: 350m. Distance: 15 ½  miles. Time: 5 hours.

Day 8: You will be collected from your last trek hotel and transferred back to Porto airport, or to Porto City if you are opting for extra nights in this beautiful city. 

 

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Late Spring is the best time to visit Portugal, particularly if you want to see the beautiful array of flowers in bloom, although February to March is when the almond blossom decorates the landscape. Early Autumn is also a good time when it's still warm but not too hot. July and August will most likely be too hot for walking and there is a chance of snow from November to January.




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The nearest airport is Porto which welcomes regular non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin, as well as from Montreal and Toronto. Private transfers are included between Porto airport and your first/last trek hotels.

Further away from Minho is Lisbon airport which welcomes non-stop flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, as well as from Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Newark and Dubai. Lisbon also connects to Porto airport. From Lisbon airport you would need to take the train to Porto airport (if not flying between the two), which takes around 6 hours and is at a supplement. You are then collected from Porto airport and transferred to your first trek hotel. From your last trek hotel you can take the train back to Lisbon airport, again at a supplement.

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Portugal - Minho Trek

Self Guided

Included:

  • 2 Nights half board* and 5 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a standard room (Standard Grade)

    OR

  • 3 Nights half board* and 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a standard room (Higher Grade)

  • Private car transfers between Porto airport and first/last hotels   

  • Baggage transfers between the hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • 'With flights' includes typical flight prices* between London and Porto airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request).

  • Guided tour of winery including wine tasting on walk day 4 of your trek (booked in advance through us but payable locally - €15 per person - please note this is difficult to confirm in September due to harvest)

*For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 2 nights half board* and 5 nights bed & breakfast (standard grade) or 3 nights half board* and 4 nights bed & breakfast (higher grade) in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

 

With Flights**

Own International Flights

Extra Night

per person

Single room Supplement

per night#

Standard Grade - 2 Nights half board and 5 nights bed & breakfast

01 Oct – 25 Mar

769

599

POA

22

26 Mar – 29 Mar

795

625

POA

24

30 Mar – 30 Apr

769

599

POA

22

01 May – 30 Jun

795

625

POA

24

01 Jul – 14 Sep

829

659

POA

26

15 Sep – 30 Sep

795

625

POA

24

Higher Grade - 3 Nights half board and 4 nights bed & breakfast

01 Oct – 25 Mar

859

689

POA

24

26 Mar – 29 Mar

869

699

POA

26

30 Mar – 30 Apr

859

689

POA

24

01 May – 30 Jun

869

699

POA

26

01 Jul – 14 Sep

909

739

POA

28

15 Sep – 30 Sep

869

699

POA

26

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

** For important details of our flight price policy click here
#  If at least 2 people travelling. 


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