The Sparkling North

Everything in the north of Portugal sparkles!! The Atlantic Ocean, the languid River Lima and the granite hill tops and then you have the local people with their sparkling eyes and warm smiles. This is a great opportunity to share in this ‘sparkle’ with 3 nights in the historical town of Viana do Castelo and 4 nights in Ponte de Lima – the oldest town in Portugal. The area has changed little over the centuries as you will see with our 6 very different walks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attractions in the traditional sense
  • River valleys, valley slopes and cliff tops
  • Unspoilt, unchanged and very different
  • Walk along the famous Lima valley

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival in Porto and we transfer you to Viana do Castelo (50 mins) overnight Viana.

Day 2. A walk along the coastal path passing 3 fine examples of 16th century forts which once guarded the coastline, old windmills & for the eagle eyed among you a chance to spot the Montedor rock art in the cliffs, dated at 3,000BC, 12km /7.5miles, overnight Viana.

Day 3. A walk from your hotel up to the church of Monte de Santa Luzia perched high above the town before a walk in the countryside. You walk along ancient tracks, follow old water courses and your way sparkles with crystals of mica from the granite rocks, 14km / 8.5 miles, overnight Viana

Day 4. Transfer to the mountains behind Viana to visit the medieval village of Montaria and walk around the hillside with stunning views over the valleys to the little chapel of Santa Juste after the walk we take you to Ponte de Lima 14km / 8.5miles, overnight Ponte de Limaminho01

Day 5. A beautiful circular walk from Ponte de Lima along the banks of the Lima river to the wetlands of Bertiandos home to a great variety of birds and then back through quiet villages, 14km / 8.5 miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 6. A walk starting from the mountain village of Vila do Monte high above the Lima valley. The walk has spectacular views all around and the countryside is home to the garrano a breed of wild horse who will keep a watchful eye on you, 12km / 7.5miles , overnight Ponte de Lima, (taxi transfer to and from the walk).

Day 7. Walk at your own pace again from Ponte de Lima along the river banks to Ponte de Barca passing old water mills and through ancient villages, 14.1km / 8.8miles, overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 8. You will not want to leave but you must and we will transfer you back to Porto.

INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities and breakfasts
  • 6 picnic lunches
  • Transport from and to Porto
  • Transfers as detailed
  • Comprehensive walking notes & maps

NOT INCLUDED

  • 7 Dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Transport to start of walk on Day 1
Closest Airport – Porto but you could arrive in Lisbon and travel north by train.
Cost per person: October to March: 615 euro
April – June & September: 690 euro
Single room supplement: 140 euro
Single transport supplement if only person travelling: 125 euro