Walking Tour Northern Portugal

Day 1:
Arriving at Accommodation
Pick up at the meeting point and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2:
Walking at Verônica Micântria
Distance: 8,7 Km | 5,4 mi
Duration: 2h30min
Difficulty of Walk: Very Easy
This route crosses the village of Soutelo de Aguiar. Afterwards the route extends itself through an area of chestnut and oak trees, followed by et meadows.
At the foot of the hill where the Castle is located, the surrounding landscape is very beautiful.
Continuing the route surrounded by oak trees you meet the old streets of the village of Pontido and then you continue through a vast meadow dotted with oak and chestnut woods until you reach the village of Fontes.
You will then begin your return to the starting point at Soutelo de Aguiar.

Day 3:
Walking at Inland St James Way - Vilarinho da Samardã - Vila Pouca de Aguiar
Distance: 16,5 Km | 10,3 mi
Duration: 4h00min
Difficulty of Walk: Moderate
The Portuguese Inland St. James Way stretches about 214 Km in Portugal, crossing the counties of Viseu, Castro Daire, Lamego, Régua, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Vila Real, Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Chaves, which has been the first Portuguese itinerary classified as European Cultural Route.
In the county of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, the path runs through the extensive Vale de Aguiar valley, on a smooth and pleasant journey, along the Corgo and Avelames rivers. With a breathtaking rural atmosphere and covering classified natural areas, the path benefits from mosaic landscapes, where the Alvão and Padrela mountains shape the horizon, and the agricultural land coexists with ancestral oak trees and ancient chestnut groves.

Day 4:
Walking at “Trilho Ribeira de Oura”
Distance: 8,8 Km | 5,5 mi
Duration: 2h45min
Difficulty of Walk: Very Easy
The walking path “Trilho Ribeira de Oura” has its start and end next to the head office of the Vidagustermas Association, and it covers part of Oura parish and the Union of parishes of Vidago, Arcossó, Selhariz and Vilarinho das Paranheiras.
Near the entrance of the majestic Vidago Palace Hotel, the route follows the golf course of the Vidago Palace.
It continues by the old railway that connected the towns of Chaves and Régua (and was known as Corgo Line), until you reach the village of Oura.

Day 5:
Walking at “Trilho Moinhos de S. Lourenço”
Distance: 9,6 Km | 5,9 mi
Duration: 5h30min
Difficulty of Walk: Very Easy
The short distance walking trail “Trilho de Moinhos de São Lourenço” goes towards Cela village, passing through Nossa Senhora das Neves Church, and continues to São Lourenço viewpoint, from where you can see the whole valley where Chaves city was built.

It then goes down to the Moinhos de São Lourenço walkways, a set of artificial wooden structures which allow you to safely walk about 100 meters of the banks of a water line, which was once a source of driving power for watermills, now in ruins.

In this trail it is possible to marvel a truly unique landscape, where waterfalls, forms of erosion caused by water and riparian vegetation, stand out.

Day 6:
Walking at “Ecovia do Rabaçal and Via Ferrata”
Distance: 2,5 Km | 6,2 mi
Duration: 40min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
Difficulty of Via Ferrata: Difficult
This day begins at Barreiro, in the town of Valpaços, and follows a trail of 2,5 Km that leds to the Via Ferrata.
Ate the Via Ferrata we will climb rocky walls, an itinerary which is prepared with ladders and cables, to optimize the participant´s security and make them having a real and vibrate experience.

Day 7:
Walking at The Eastern Portuguese St James Way
Distance: 14 Km | 8,7 mi
Duration: 3h30min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
The Eastern Portuguese St James Way establishes the connection to the Interior Portuguese St James Way, in Chaves, where it connects to the Via da Prata which, from the border in Vilarelho da Raia, covers 173 km in Spanish territory, until it reaches Santiago de Compostela.
In the municipality of Valpaços there are several monuments and toponyms associated with Santiago and the pilgrimage to Compostela. Possibly, one of the primitive medieval routes of pilgrimage across the Trás-os-Montes Region would have passed through Valpaços, Vassal, Santiago da Ribeira de Alhariz, where there used to be a pilgrims’ inn, and Ladário, already at the foot of Padrela, leading the pilgrims towards the Interior Portuguese Way and the Via da Prata, entering Galicia through Chaves.

Day 8:
Walking at Trilho Ricardo Magalhães
Distance: 4,5 Km | 2,8 mi
Duration: 1h20min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
This trail follows the Azibo Reservoir margin and integrate the “Estação de Biodiversidade de Santa Combinha” (biodiversity station). Along this part of the trail 43 species of butterflies were identified. Two existing hotspots for Birdwatching facilitate the observation of countless animal species, among which the mallard duck, swallows, finches, jays, birds of prey and others.
This short distance walking trail is fully located inside the Protected Landscape of Azibo´s Dam Reservoir and the Site of Community Importance of Morais – Natura 2000, which is one of the largest continuous units of serpentinites (metamorphic rocks) in Portugal, granting it a high geological, botanical and faunal interest.

Day 9:
Walking at Trilho Vale do Tua
Distance: 11,3 Km | 7 mi
Duration: 4h30min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
The path “Trilho do Vale do Tua” starts and ends in the old railway station of Abreiro.
It proceeds to the Abreiro´s Bridge, mandatory stopover where you can observe the valley where two pillars of the old bridge still stand – locally known as the Diabo´s Bridge.
The trail follows towards the Vale do Tua Viewpoint, with outstanding views over the Tua River and the Tua railway.

Day 10:
Walking at Trilhos dos Passadiços do Tinhela
Distance: 6,5 Km | 4 mi
Duration: 2h10min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
This path follows through the town of Murça towards Tinhela river, one of the best well preserved rivers in Europe with an exceptional faunal and floristic richness.

Leaving Porrais, the trail follows along the left margin of Tinhela river reaching close to the river mouth, meanwhile passing near the Thermal Complex. In this walk you can appreciate bushes, riparian galleries and aquatic habitats.

Day 11:
Walking at Trilho do Vieiro e Freixiel
Distance: 11 Km | 6,8 mi
Duration: 3h25min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
This walking trail is linear, starts near the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Assumption, it passes through the village of Vila Boas, and ends in Vilarinho das azenhas.

Day 12:
Walking at Trilho da Fraga da Ôla
Distance: 9 Km | 5,6 mi
Duration: 4h00min
Difficulty of Walk: Very Easy
This trail starts and ends in the village square of Pinhal do Douro and leads us towards a deviation which allows access to the Viewpoint of Fraga da Ola.
A natural landscape, formed by escarpments covered with the rich and diversified vegetation of the Douro Valley, still subsists under the imposing Fraga da Ola.
Then the trail heads north, where we can observe a set of scattered structures, identified as some apiary´s walls, ovens used to dry figs, and a set of mills, which make up and characterize the rural landscape.
As we continue towards the end of the trail, it is possible to follow a deviation until the Viewpoint of frga da Coleja, located on a spur overlooking the douro River, where the vineyards of the main historic Port winemaking farms, which are so characteristic of the Douro landscape, stretch out.

Day 13:
Walking at Trilho Vinhateiro de Provesende
Distance: 6,4 Km | 3,9 mi
Duration: 2h30min
Difficulty of Walk: Easy
This is a linear walking trail starting in the center of the village of Provesende.
This is one of the six villages in the Douro Region and the trail passes near the Torguiano viewpoint of São Cristóvão do Douro and goes down to the mouth of the river Pinhão though paths between terraces which shapes a vineyard landscape classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, in the category of Evolving and Living Cultural Landscape.

Day 14:
Walking at Trilho de Favaios - Alijó
Distance: 10,5 Km | 6,5 mi
Duration: 3h25min
Difficult of Walk: Easy
This is a circular trail which starts and ends in Favaios, one of the 5 villages in the Douro Demarcated Region that is officially known as “Aldeia Vinhateira” (wine growing traditional village).
The trail goes towards Alijó passing through Castelo de Vilarelho, a fortified settlement where the first inhabitants of the region lived during the Iron Age.
Make sure you make the most of your visit to Favaios, do not miss its rich historical and cultural heritage.

Day 15:
Free day at Porto
Enjoy a free day to discover the beautiful and historical city of Porto.

 

Highlights:

Relax at Vidago Palace Hotel
Visit Zeca Moura and Ham Tasting
Visit Encostas de Sonim and Wine Tasting
Via Ferrata
Visit to Casa do Careto
Boat Cruise at Sun Azibo
Visit to olive Oil Press
Visit to Quinta Monte S. Sebastião and Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting at Freixiel
Wine Tasting at Favaios Museum

 

Itinerary:

1st Day
Pick up at the meeting point and private luxury transfer to your accommodation.
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

2nd Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking at Verónica Micântria
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

3rd Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking at Caminho Português Interior de Santiago - Vilarinho da Samardã - Vila Pouca de Aguiar
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

4th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho Ribeira de Oura”
Relax at Vidago Palace Spa
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

5th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho Moinhos de S. Lourenço”
Visit Zeca Moura and Ham Tasting
Traditional Picnic at Zeca Moura
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

6th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Ecovia do Rabaçal”
Via Ferrata
Visit Encostas de Sonim and Wine Tasting
Picnic at Encostas de Sonim
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

7th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Caminho Português Santiago do Este”
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

8th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho Ricardo Magalhães”
Visit Casa do Careto
Boat Cruise at Sun Azibo
Picnic at Sun Azibo Boat
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

9th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho do Vale do Tua”
Visit to Olive Oil Press
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

10th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho dos Passadiços do Tinhela”
Visit to Quinta Monte S. Sebastião and Wine Tasting
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

11th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho do Vieiro e Freixiel”
Wine Tasting at Freixiel
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

12th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho da Fraga da Ôla”
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

13th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho Vinhateiro de Provesende”
Wine Tasting
Traditional Picnic
Dinner at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

14th Day
Breakfast
Pick up at accommodation
Walking “Trilho de Favaios - Alijó”
Lunch at Typical Restaurant
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

15th Day
Breakfast
Free Day at Porto
Accommodation: 5 stars hotel

 

Included:

14 Lodging´s
14 Breakfasts
12 Traditional Picnic´s
1 Lunch
13 Dinner´s
11 Experiences
6 walks with an expert guide
Refreshments, a bottle of water and a snack per person each day
Personal accident insurance and civil responsibility

Not included:

Personal Expenses
All that is not specified as Included