The Costa Verde

Portugal

Holiday overview

Destination

Portugal


Type

Self Guided, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 599 pp


Duration

7 nights


This walking holiday is two-centre based, allowing you to see a very different Portugal.

The Minho is often described as Costa Verde or the Green Coast, a reference to the vineyards and the lush green of its well watered landscape. It is beautiful countryside where small scale farming still survives using traditional techniques and ox-drawn carts, the main crop being the grapes, which produce ‘vinho verde’, the area’s distinctive ‘green wine’. This walking holiday is two-centre based, allowing you to see a very different Portugal. The first three nights are spent in Viana do Castelo famed for its historical centre and coastal setting, followed by four nights in Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest town.

 

Price:

September to June – £599.00 – July and August – £659.00

 

Included:

7 nights accommodation in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities and breakfasts, transport from Viana railway station on Day 1 and to Oporto on day 8, movement of luggage during the week, transfers where mentioned, comprehensive walking notes and emergency back up service

 

Not Included:

Meals not mentioned above, flights and travel insurance Departure Dates:This self-guided walking holiday is available all year except Christmas and New Year and commences on any day to suit personal travel arrangements.

Day 1

Transfer from station to Viana do Castelo, on the banks of the Lima estuary, for overnight. Viana has a fine old centre filled with Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Overnight Viana.

 

Day 2

A walk along the coastal path passing 16th century forts and with a chance to see Montedor rock art in the cliffs, dated at 3,000 BC.

12 kms/8 miles. Overnight Viana.

 

Day 3

A circular walk from Viana do Catelo to the famous Basilica de Santa Lucia and then on to the remains of the 4th century Citania de Santa Lucia.

15 kms/9.4 miles. Overnight Viana.

 

Day 4

Transfer from Viana to the start of your walk in the Serra de Arga. Here explore a very different landscape. This circular walk takes you past ancient water mills, the Chapel of Santa Justa and through abandoned hamlets on the mountain slopes.

16 kms/10 miles. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

 

Day 5

A day to explore the historic town of Ponte de Lima (the oldest town in Portugal) and the southern banks of the river using the new ‘ecovia’.

Overnight Ponte de Lima.

 

Day 6

A circular walk north from Ponte de Lima along the banks of the Lima River before passing the historic village of Bertiandos. Then continue through protected wetlands, and their tremendous variety of birds.

16 kms/10 miles. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

 

Day 7

A walk starting from the mountain village of Montaria high above the Lima valley. The walk has spectacular views all around whilst the countryside is home to herds of Garrano wild horses.

12 kms/8 miles. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

 

Day 8

After breakfast transfer to Porto.