The Lima Valley & Peneda National Park

This walking week starts by the sea in the historical town of Viana do Castelo and then moves inland to Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. In essence we will be walking inland along the Lima valley, a beautiful tranquil place with its own unique identity which sings out from the rest of Portugal. The week offers a rich variety of walks from the dunes of the Atlantic to the wild mountains of the Serra de Peneda part of the Peneda-Geres National Park – the only National Park in Portugal.

HIGHLIGHTS

  •  The sea, the river & the mountains
  • Beautifully rich landscapes
  • A well preserved historical heritage
  • Acclaimed gastronomy
  • Ancestral traditions

ITINERARY

Ponte de LimaDay 1. Transfer from Porto or Porto airport to Viana do Castelo.

Day 2. ‘The Coastal Forts’, a walk along the Viana do Castelo coastline passing along the way the 3 historical forts that used to protect this area and visiting the Bronze Age rock art still preserved in the cliffs at Montedor, 14km/8.7miles, overnight Viana.

Day 3. ‘The Serra de Arga’, a walk through the traditional landscape of the Serra de Arga, once famous for its watermills, 12km/7.5miles, overnight Viana.

Day 4. ‘Bertiandos’, the wetland areas of Bertiandos were formed from the ancient oxbow lakes of the river Lima and now they provide a unique walking area and a home to many birds, 16km/10miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 5. ‘Table of Four Abbots’, a walk that gives panoramic views over the Lima valley as we wend our way over the mountains all our movements watched by packs of wild ponies, 10km/7miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 6. ‘Mezio & Ribeira de Vilela’, a walk along the borders of the Peneda National Park through traditional oak forests and tiny hamlets, 12km/7.5miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 7. ‘Land that time forgot’, a marvellous walk deep in the heart of the National Park to a small village where bartering is still the norm and all activities are controlled by the village council, 14km/8.7miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 8. Transfer back to Porto in the morning.

INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in twin/double room with en-suite facilities
  • All meals, lunches will be picnics which we carry with us
  • Movement of luggage between hotels
  • Transfers to and from Porto and throughout the week
  • Experienced walk leader

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights and travel to Porto
  • Travel insurance
Closest Airport: Porto
Dates: JUNE 3 2018 and OCTOBER 10 2018
Cost per person: 920 euro
Single room supplement: 140 euro