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Marked by the intense green of its fields and vineyards, the Minho regions’ natural landscape is one of enormous beauty and biodiversity. Not yet well known as a ‘walkers paradise’, it is safe to say the Minho is reasonably ‘less trodden’ than other regions of Portugal such as the Southern Algarve or the autonomous islands of Madeira.

Many beautiful rivers flow into Minho from Spain, one being the River Lima which houses the historical town of Viana do Castelo on its banks, our chosen centre for our walking holiday in Minho. Other rivers are of course the River Minho which forms the Northern border with Spain and the River Douro located on the Southern border, the area which produces the famous Port Wine. The only National Park in Portugal with international status is found in the Minho region where traditional Portuguese farm life is still prominent in today’s culture.

The Area

Known locally as ‘The Jewel of Costa Verde’, our chosen centre location of Viana do Castelo sits on the north side of the Rio Lima estuary and boasts both an engaging medieval centre as well as attractive beaches just outside of the town. It is also a great base for exploring the lower Lima Valley and the Serra D’Arga Mountain where we have placed some of our walks. Viana do Castelo was once an important trading and fishing port within Portugal and is proud to be home to fine renaissance houses and rococo palaces. The town is overlooked by a striking 19th century Basilica on Monte de Santa Luzia, accessible by steps or funicular, and is well worth the trip up for the superb views.

The Walking

We have carefully selected our routes to ensure the walker truly experiences the best the Minho region has to offer. The majority of our walks are easy to navigate on clear paths with the exception of our routes in the Serra D’Arga Mountain where our walk notes and maps will guide you through the stunning landscape. You can expect to walk along the Atlantic coast, through beautiful valleys, explore the mountain and also sample the local wineries along your route - one of our walks even takes you from Portugal to Spain... and back!

Self-Guided Walking

We provide you with our self-guided walk booklet with walks catering for all abilities. We also provide a route map for each days walk, an overview map of Minho and a city guide of Viana do Castelo. Our recommended walks include some circular routes, whilst others are more suitable as a linear walk. A few of our walks can be started directly from your hotel, others require local transport (either bus or train) although some are worth a private transfer arranged through our local partner to get you to/from the best walking areas which local transport can't always get to; our walk booklets will include all of this information.

Guided Independent Walking

We offer 4 days guided walking which includes an English speaking guide and all required transport. Our guided walks consist of a route in the top of Serra D’Arga Mountain where you can enjoy amazing views over to Galicia in Spain, spot wild horses and possibly the occasional wolf tracks! Another walk takes you to the seven lagoons of Serra d’Arga along the mountain river where you are welcome to stop for a swim. Away from the mountain, you can explore the beautiful Lima Valley through the vineyards and olive groves and also a walk to a small mountain village which is home to the most watermills in Portugal where there is a lot of intriguing history to learn. 

Walk Grading

Self-guided: A Selection of Easy, Moderate and Challenging walks that you can choose from.

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Hotel Rali - 3 Star

Just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, this welcoming hotel is modern and comfortable with a lovely indoor pool to relax in. Breakfast is a buffet with plenty of choice and dinner is served in the hotel restaurant with a three course set menu including drinks.

  

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Hotel Casa Melo Alvim - 4 Star

Set in a 16th century manor house, conveniently located near the railway station, this is a very atmospheric place to stay. It has a lovely piano bar and beautiful garden with cascade. An excellent breakfast is provided with both hot and cold buffet choices. Dinner is included and taken at the hotel restaurant. 

  

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Late Spring is the best time to visit this area of Portugal, particularly if you want to see the beautiful array of flowers in bloom, although February to March is when the almond blossom decorates the landscape. Early Autumn is also a good time when it's still warm but not too hot. July and August will most likely be too hot for walking and there is a chance of snow from December to January.



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The nearest airport is Porto which welcomes regular non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin, as well as from Montreal and Toronto. From Porto airport you are collected and transferred to your hotel in Viana do Castelo (and back again). 

Further away from Minho is Lisbon airport which welcomes non-stop flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, as well as from Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Newark and Dubai. Lisbon also connects to Porto airport. From Lisbon airport you take the shuttle bus to the city railway station, Cais do Sodre, then the mainline train to Viana do Castelo which takes around 6 hours. Your return journey is the same in reverse (please note there is a supplement for the train when travelling from Lisbon).

 

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Portugal - Minho Centred

Self Guided & Guided Holidays


Included:

·         7 Nights accommodation with half board*

·         Return private transfers between Porto airport and hotel 

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

·         Guided walking includes transport to/from nearby collection point or hotel if you select this option (see below for supplement), also includes visits and tastings at two wineries

·         Guided tour of winery including wine tasting (booked in advance through us but payable locally - €15 per person)

·          ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* between London and Porto. Flights from many local airports also available (exact prices for your dates are available on request)

*For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals (drinks are included with meals at Hotel Rali)

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Hotel Rali 3* (Standard Grade)


Dates

7 nights Half Board

With Flights**

7 nights Half Board Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night

Supplement for 4 days guided walking

01 Sep – 02 Oct

709

539

48

25

258

03 Oct – 02 Jan

669

499

40

21

258

03 Jan – 29 Mar

659

489

40

21

258

30 Mar – 02 Apr

699

529

48

25

258

03 Apr – 03 May

679

509

40

21

258

04 May – 02 Jul

7545

575

48

25

258

03 Jul – 14 Aug

839

669

54

34

258


*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here

Room Supplements (per person per night):  

·         Prestige Room £10

·         Junior Suite £15

Hotel Casa Melo Alvim 4* (Higher Grade)

Dates

7 nights Half Board

With Flights**

7 nights Half   Board Own International Flights

Extra night per   person

Single supplement per night

Supplement for 4 days guided walking

01 Sep – 30 Oct

809

639

52

56

258

31 Oct – 27 Dec

754

584

44

46

258

28 Dec – 03 Jan

899

729

64

74

258

04 Jan – 26 Mar

754

584

44

46

258

27 Mar – 04 Apr

899

729

64

74

258

05 Apr – 24 Jul

809

639

52

53

258

25 Jul – 14 Aug

1029

859

86

74

258

15 Aug – 20 Aug

1089

919

101

123

258

21 Aug – 10 Sep

1029

859

86

56

258


*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here

Please note – there is a reduction of £40 per person when booking at least 2 months before departure if travelling between 25 Jul – 14 Aug & 21 Aug – 10 Sep

Room Supplements (per person per night):  

·         Deluxe Room £18

·         Suite £26

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