Portugal’s Villages & Hikes

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Portugal’s Villages & Hikes

We set out to discover Portugal.

We will discover a remote and less known Portugal,hiking along unhurried paths, listening to the sound of water, time, people and tasting flavors.

Starting by the coast and in a city full of history, Porto. We set out in search of the Portuguese Douro and its changing scenery, villages and its wine legacy. We will continue walking through historic villages seeking to understand the historical changes in the stones of their castles and streets. We will walk through secular foot-prints ...

Looking at the mountains and their remote populations kept away from the 21st century, in their calm and soul. In the natural park of the Sierra da Estrela we will look for unknown valleys.

The tour continues in the search of small Schist villages hanging by the mountains and valleys of central Portugal. All this before returning to the city that received us on the first day of this itinerary through an unknown Portugal ...

GUIDED INFORMATION TRIP

LENGHT

8 Days

DISTANCE

54 Km

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

START/END

Porto - Porto

ACCOMMODATION

Superior & Confort

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNESCO Heritage sites
  • Porto City
  • Douro Valley
  • Portugal Historical towns
  • Local Wines and gastronomy
  • Natural Park of Serra da Estrela
  • Schist villages of Portugal
  • Of the beaten tracks Portugal

DATES & AVAILIBILITY

May 21st 2022 - May 28th 2022 Available

Our Portuguese Guide Expert

D1 Hotel Vale do Côa (2 *) Hotel de gestión familiar. Habitaciones con baño privado y aire acondicionado. Hotel en la zona central de Vila Nova de Foz Côa. Desayuno buffet completo y con variada oferta. https://www.hotelvaledocoa.net/ D2 (Hostal) Solar da Sé D3 Hotel Vale do Côa (2*) D4 y D5 Hotel Berne (3*) Hotel familiar de 3 *. Hotel situado a 1km del centro. Habitaciones con baño privado y de buenas dimensiones. Muy cómodo y limpio. Personal atento y servicial. Desayuno buffet con productos locales y muy completo. El hotel tiene piscina y restaurante donde servirán la cena. https://hotelberne.com/ D6 Hotel Bem Estar 2* Hotel sencillo en el pueblo de Lousã. Habitaciones con baño privado. Ofrece un buen desayuno continental con una amplia variedad de opciones. D7 Hotel Paulista 2* Hotel en el centro de Oporto, situado en un edificio histórico con ascensor. Habitaciones con baño privado y aire acondicionado. Desayuno buffet. https://www.hotelpaulista.com/

Caminatas de dificultad media. Se recomienda llevar un buen calzado para la diversidad de suelos que nos vamos a encontrar. Caminos de tierra, senderos entre viñedos, calles empedradas, carreteras con poco trafico, etc El último día, la caminata tendrá un poco más de dificultad con subidas y bajadas constantes. Posibilidad de bañarse en una playa fluvial al final del día. Importante llevar gorra o sombrero para protegernos del sol, y crema solar.

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1: ARRIVAL & VISIT PORTO

    Late morning meeting and briefing in Porto. Visit of the vibrant Porto, its streets full of history. Porto old center is a Unesco heritage that we will discover walking and stopping to unveil its history. We will also visit a winery and toast at the begin- ning of this tour through an unknown Portugal ... At the end of the day transfer to the Douro Valley to the city of Lamego Inc. Lunch, Wine Tasting, Dinner.

    Day 2: BESTANÇA VALLEY (Hiking 13.5km)

    The Bestança is small river that feeds the river Douro. We are go- ing to follow its margins from one side to the other. This is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Atlantic Douro area. We are not in the vineyards! The Douro valley is not only made from wine. Through the forest we will walk along ancestral paths and we will seek to find this unknown Portugal. Inc. Lunch Box, Dinner.

    Day 3: DOURO’s VINEYARDS (Hiking 15.8km)

    This day is totally different from yesterday, through the vineyards and terraces of the Douro vineyard. We will look at this change in the drier landscape, conditions that drive to the growing of wine. A stop at a farm (Quinta) to see how this world-famous wine is made. After this visit and tasting we will walk through one of the 9 wine villages of Portugal by the slopes of the Valley. After the hike, transfer to the Côa region with a stop in Penedono to reach another unknown area of Portugal. Inc. Lunch Box, Wine Tasting, Dinner

    Day 4: MARIALVA VILLAGE & CÔA (Hiking 4,3km)

    A different day! Leaving early in the morning and starting with a walk through the Historic Village of Portugal: Marialva. Small town almost deserted of people with its castle in defense of no one to- day ... Later in the morning we visit the Côa Museum, an impressive dis- play and presentation of the Neolithic discoveries. The famous engravings of the Côa valley. Well, this is the presentation! In the afternoon after lunch we will visit one of the archaeological sites and we will verify its value, the one that brought its declaration of universal value to Unesco. After this visit, transfer to the Sierra de Estrela Natural Park. Inc. Lunch, Visits, Dinner

    Day 5: DIA 5|SORTELHA Y BELMONTE VILLAGES (Hiking 9,5km)

    Antes de adentrarnos en el Parque Natural de la Serra da Estrela, vamos a recorrer por parte de la historia que hicieron Portugal y España en estos lugares. Después de un pequeño traslado hacia Sortelha y su castillo, comenzamos la caminata del día. A través del pueblo y sus alrededores, conoceremos la historia vinculada a los dos países … Por la tarde y de regreso al valle de Zêzere y Manteigas, paramos en el pueblo de Belmonte para visitar el museo judío y conocer la importancia de este pueblo para el mundo. Traslado al hotel. Incluido: Desayuno, Bolsa picnic, Visita museo, Cena.

    Day 6: LORIGA VALLEY (Hiking 15,8km)

    We start via transfer and continue through the Natural Park to Loriga, a village in the foothills of the Sierra de Estrela. We seek to connect this village to another one, both villages typi- cal of this mountain environment. We will follow an old path that connected them from Loriga to Vide. We will continue descending near the shore of the river through forest and more open areas. Why not take a bath if the weather allows... In Vide a transfer awaits us to Piodão, a beautiful Schist village that we visit before the arrival in Lousã for the night. Inc. Lunch Box, Dinner

    Day 7: MOUNTAIN VILLAGES OF LOUSÃ HILLS (Hiking 5,8km)

    Today our hike goes up and takes place in an area of Portugal known for its Schist villages: Aldeias de Xisto in Portuguese. Leaving Lousã, we look for the castle, lost in the bottom of the valley. From here we continue towards the Villages up in the hills. Casal Novo, Talasnal and if the legs allow us. If you still feel strong why not one other village. Through the forest and chestnut grove we will discover these vil- lages that years ago were almost deserted and that today have a little life again. After walking along these traditional paths, we will return in the direction of the City of Porto. We will finish with our dinner hoping that these days away from a modern life have been unforgettable moments and experiences in a Portugal different from what you knew before ... Inc. Lunch Box, Dinner

    Day 8: END OF TOUR

    The tour ends with the departure of the Hotel. If you have free time, you can request the left luggage and return to a walk in Porto, before returning home.

    WHAT´S INCLUDED?

    • Reception & Briefing at Porto (posible breakfast)
    • English speaking Guide
    • 7 Nights in Comfort Accommodations & breakfast.
    • Transportation during all tour.
    • All mealls as described.
    • Wine tastings in Porto & D 3
    • Visit to Côa Museum and engravings.
    • Visit to the Jewish Museum in Belmonte.
    • Travel insurance.

    EXCLUDED

    • Personal expenses.
    • Travel to and from Porto.
    • Lunch & dinner day 8
    • Extra drinks outside the meals and lunch box standard.
    • Drinks and snacks during hiking stops in villages and towns.

    OPTIONALS

    • Individual Room.
    • Transfer from Airport / Train Station to the meeting point.
    • Extra nights in Porto.
    • Transfer from hotel in Porto to the Airport / Train Station.

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