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Portugal's Northern Highlights

Combine our 'Portugal Emerald Coast' and 'Wilderness Parks of Northern Portugal' holidays for a wonderful two week holiday discovering Portugal's highlights. Wine included with all dinners FLEXIwalking: most walks offer an opt out point, join the entire day’s route or walk a shorter distance and join the group later.

From£1,495

  • Portugal

  • 14 nights
  • May

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 26690

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the Costa Verde famous for its mountains, lush green countryside and beaches.
  • Climb to the sanctuary of Santa Tecla to discover Celtic history.
  • Follow inland trails on part of the Camino de Santiago.
  • Walk across the mountains to the remote sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda.
  • Discover the Peneda-Geres National Park.
  • Visit many of the ancient hamlets dotted about the countryside.

This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Portugal's Emerald Coast and our one week holiday in Wilderness Parks of Northern Portugal.

Starting our holiday on the stunning Costa Verde, famous for its mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and “Vinho Verde”, our walks are taken along some of Portugal’s finest coast line, as well as meandering through classic Minho villages and lush pastoral valleys. We’ll explore the dramatic mountains of the Serra d’Ágra, where wild horses roam, and cross the river Minho to Portugal’s Spanish sister, O Muiño, to climb to the sanctuary of Santa Tecla where Celtic history comes alive. This area has been inhabited since pre-historic times and is rich in natural and cultural history ranging from Neolithic to Roman times, with villages full of history for us to visit. During our first week, we stay in the coastal town of Vila Praia de Ancora in the North West corner of Portugal. After our walks, there will also be time to relax on the beaches and maybe take a dip in the sea before enjoying the sunset and local cuisine. Our hotel is located in the very centre of this charming town with all facilities within a few minutes’ walk.

Moving on, the Peneda-Gerês National Park is high country of outstanding natural beauty. Here the air is clear and the waters pure. This park contains some of the most beautiful and varied scenery found in the whole of the country and you’ll find an abundance of rare wild flowers, birds of prey, wild horses and other wildlife. Our second week is split between two-centres, centred in the Serra da Peneda and is designed to visit the most spectacular parts of these mountains. Our varied walks circle dramatic crags and granite landscape of Meadinha and follow ancient trails down the lush river Peneda valley.

Our first centre is in the mountain village of Castro Laboreiro dominated by its ancient castle. Isolated traditional villages with high mountain meadows and rolling moorland stretch to the frontier with Spain to the east. Yet walk out of the hotel to the west and we are amongst towering granite crags and hidden wooded valleys. We walk across the mountains to our second centre in the remote sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda. Our hotel, once the pilgrims’ hostel, has been imaginatively converted into a high quality hotel. Set with a backdrop of trees, crags and waterfalls, the grand stairway of the sanctuary descends into the valley below. The somewhat remote location has protected the park landscape. You’ll not only enjoy the beauty of the region, but also visit many of the ancient hamlets dotted about the countryside.

  • Return Flights from Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal)
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry travel between Portugal and Galicia
  • En suite accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners at our hotels and in local restaurants
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Praia de Ancora

Accommodation

We fly to Oporto, Portugal's second city. On arrival, transfer by coach to Hotel Meira in Vila Praia de Ancora (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes). Our excellent four star hotel is located in the very heart of this charming town with all facilities within a few minutes' walk, and allowing us to eat out at local restaurants.

Transfer Time = 1h 15m

Day 2 to 7

Praia de Ancora

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The northern coast of Portugal is simply very beautiful. In an area famous for its young wine, Vinho Verde, you will find a lush green landscape, quiet beaches, traditional villages and excellent local cuisine. Our 2 leaders, 2 grades walking programme allows us to fully explore the area as we cross the Rio Minho, into Galicia, Spain, visit the Ancora Valley, and also go up into the Serra d'Agra mountains following ancient tracks. Following are examples of the walks that we plan to include in our walking programme, to give you an idea of the terrain and mileage. The final walking programme will be confirmed by your group leaders at the daily briefings.

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    minimalm

Ancora Valley walk

Grade 4: This gentle introduction to the area is centred on the valley of the river Ancora itself. We walk through lush green fields still farmed in the classic Minho style. Charming villages dot the valley. At the centre of the walk is the river Ancora with its many old crossing points and its sparkling crystal clear waters. Grade 6: 16.5km; Ascent/descent: minimal

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80/180m

Dem-Orbacém (Grade 4)

Today we move onto the lower slopes of the Serra d'Agra and walk through villages strung along a spring line. The rough slopes of the Serra d'Agra are above us but our meandering route takes us through the fields and villages that form the lower slopes. After a picnic lunch, we descend again into the valley of the river Ancora where the river again accompanies us as it cascades down through rock pools, passes under ancient bridges and gently winds its way through fields.

  • Distance

    7.45 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/270m

Serra d'Agra (Grade 4)

Today we go into the mountains. After driving as high as we can we walk up the final section of the northern slopes of the Serra d'Agra before walking across the high level plateau that forms the summit to Porta do Lobo, the "Gate of the wolf". Here we feel on top of the world looking down into the valley of the river Lima and across to the high mountains of the Gerês and Peneda ranges beyond. From here an ancient stone trail gently winds down the hillside and our walk continues through the iconic Agra villages. After an easy but dramatic walk we may relax in the very traditional Taberna do Horacio before returning to Vila Praia de Ancora.

  • Distance

    6.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

A day in Galicia (Grade 4)

We ferry across the estuary of the river Minho and walk up the dramatic hillside of Santa Tecla, where every stone seems to ooze with Celtic history. The spectacular views from the top of the hillside are made even more interesting by the simple sanctuary at the summit and the remarkable remains of the Celtic settlement. Although this is not a demanding day anyone who does not want to walk to the top can have an easy low level wander through the charming village of Camposancos and enjoy a stroll along the estuary. 

  • Distance

    11.18 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280/600m

S. João-Montaria-Gondar (Grade 6)

Our walk begins at the ancient monastery of S Joao de Agra and follows a route over the open rocky mountains with the rough slopes of the Serra d'Agra all around. From the village of S Lourenço de Montaria we follow the lower slopes of the Serra D'Agra as we walk through farming villages along the spring line. We complete the walk by descending into the lush valley where fields & vineyards surround the village of Gondar. 

  • Distance

    9.94 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    minimalm

VPA - Afife - Carreço - VPA (Grade 6)

Our walk begins in Vila Praia d’Ancora and follows the Caminho de Santiago southwards to Carreço taking in traditional little villages and meandering through verdant woodland before reaching the coast and returning northwards along a magnificent coastline and lovely beaches. 

  • Distance

    10.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

Grade 6

Our walk starts Carreço then climbs 400m to the top of Serra de Santa Luzia. It goes across the hills before descending gradually to the village of S Mamede. It then follows the waymarked route “Trilho dos Canos de Àgua”, an ancient water supply system in granite “pipes” into S Luzia sanctuary before descending into Viana do Castelo via the longest funicular in Portugal.

  • Distance

    10.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/270m

Serra d'Agra-Sra do Minho-S. Aginha (Grade 6)

Today we go into the mountains. After driving as high as we can we walk up the final section of the northern slopes of the Serra d'Agra before walking across the high level plateau to the viewpoint of S. do Minho on the southern edge. Here we feel on top of the world looking down into the valley of the river Lima and across to the high mountains of the Gerês and Peneda ranges beyond. From here an ancient stone trail goes through Porta do Lobo, the "Gate of the wolf" before winding down the hillside and our walk continues through the iconic Agra villages to finish at Taberna do Horacio. Most may choose to finish here but others may continue to a further village for a real full day's walking. 

  • Distance

    9.63 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

A Day in Galicia (Grade 6)

Santa Tecla where every stone seems to ooze with Celtic history. We ferry across the estuary of the river Minho and walk up the dramatic hillside of Santa Tecla. The spectacular views from the top of the hillside are made even more interesting by the simple sanctuary at the summit and the remarkable remains of the Celtic settlement. We then descend on the Via Sacra to the port town of A Guardia before following a coastal walk, initially on the rocky Atlantic coast and then along the estuary of the river Minho. 

Free Day

It is possible to organise a visit to Valença & Tuy, the two twin cities gazing at each other across the beautiful River Minho. We visit the fortified old town of Valença with its myriad shops, restaurants and lovely old buildings before walking across the river Minho on the Eiffel bridge and into Galicia. We walk up to the Tuy Cathedral before sightseeing in the lovely old town.

Day 8

Castro Laboreiro

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After a relaxing morning, our transfer coach will take us to our second centre.

Day 9 to 11

Castro Laboreiro

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend our days at Castro Laboreiro, which is overlooked by its ancient castle, walking in the high mountain meadows and rolling moorland as well as among towering granite crags and hidden wooded valleys.

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

CASTELO DE CASTRO LABOREIRO

A short walk to the remains of the castle above the village of Castro Laboreiro. The castle dates back to the founding of Portugal and is accessed by a circular route from the village. An ideal morning walk before an elevenses stop in the village cafés.

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

PENEDOS DE CASTRO LABOREIRO

A walk into and amongst the dramatic rock outcrops to the west of the village of Castro Laboreiro. Initially following narrow mountain trails up into the hills, we then return on easier paths and tracks.

  • Distance

    9.32 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

TRILHO CASTREJO

Based partly on a local waymarked route this walk explores the valley below Castro Laboreiro and visits many of the tiny villages in the area letting us see some traditional farming and the way of life of the area.

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

ALTO DE GONTIM

A contrast to our other walks in the area, this walk along pleasant easy tracks and through villages also explores the moorland area to the east of Castro Laboreiro. As the walk climbs to the border with Spain it gives extensive views over the whole region.



Day 12

Peneda

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.56 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/600m

Our third centre in the Peneda-Geres National Park is Peneda. We walk between centres today, across the mountains, with our luggage being transferred separately. Our hotel, once a pilgrim's hostel for the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda, has been imaginatively concerted into a high quality hotel.

CASTRO LABOREIRO TO PENEDA: This walk links our two centres. After passing through villages the route passes through a wild, open, mountain section. Finally it gives magnificent views over the village of Peneda as it descends to the village on an ancient track. (It may be possible to transfer the short distance by mini–bus for those who would prefer to not do the walk, however this will incur a cost, which will be at your own expense).

15.4km; Ascent: 350m / Descent: 600m

Day 13 to 14

Peneda

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our walking programme from Peneda is set to the backdrop of trees, crags and waterfalls. This remote region has protected the natural landscape of the area.

  • Distance

    7.45 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

MEADINHA AND BOUÇA DOS HOMENS

This walk passes through some of the most dramatic granite scenery in these mountains and visits the isolated village of Bouça dos Homens. 

A walk descending the valley below Peneda with lush vegetation and fascinating villages.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Transfer by road to Oporto Airport for return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,495

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th May 2020 - 23rd May 2020 (14 Nights)

16th May 2020 - 30th May 2020 (14 Nights)

23rd May 2020 - 6th Jun 2020 (14 Nights)

30th May 2020 - 13th Jun 2020 (14 Nights)

5th Sep 2020 - 19th Sep 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return Flights from Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Meira

Praia de Ancora is famous for its young wine, lush landscape, traditional villages and quiet golden beaches.  Located just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the charming Priaia das Criancas beach and five minutes from the town centre, the modern, yet cosy Hotel Meira provides a relaxing base for our holiday. Its excellent facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, restaurant, bar and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. All of the recently refurbished rooms feature air conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, safe, and satellite TV. 

Hotel Castrum Villae

Castro Laboreiro is a mountain village located in the Peneda-Geres National Park. It is a very authentic and beautiful village with granite houses, old bridges and castle ruins. It is rich in historical and architectural heritage with its medieval churches and monuments.

The Hotel Castrum Villae is a comfortable hotel surrounded by nature and clear mountain air in the centre of Castro Laboreiro, a charming village nestled in the hills. There are small shops and cafés nearby. An elegant restaurant overlooks the village and serves highlights of traditional Portuguese cuisine, whilst the bar serves drinks such as cocktails and is a quiet and relaxing space. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. All rooms are en-suite and feature hairdryer, air conditioning/heating, TV mini bar and room service.

Hotel Peneda

Peneda is a village located in the national park, hidden at the bottom of a ravine and close to beautiful waterfall. It is a very secluded village but beautifully located. There are no food shops in Peneda but there are a number of handicraft shops. 

Our final three nights will be spent in the beautiful Peneda Hotel, situated next to the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda, in a calm and tranquil setting. The hotel enjoys an impressive and secluded location from which to enjoy beautiful views over the countryside and surrounding mountains. There is a small café nearby. The hotel’s facilities include a restaurant and bar. There is free Wi-Fi access available in the hotel (including the bedrooms). All rooms are en suite. Hairdryers are available from reception. There are no safety deposit boxes in the rooms (but valuables can be securely stored in reception).

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday is a combination of Portugal's Emerald Coast, which is  2L2G and is offered at Grade 4 and Grade 6 and Wilderness Parks of Northern Portugal, which is offered at Grade 6.

First week: The Grade 4 walking programme includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain and may include an element of sightseeing as well. Walks are generally between 9kms-16kms/6 miles-8.5 miles a day with ascents/descents between minimal and 270m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approx. 800m. See the Itinerary section for more information. The Grade 6 programme includes full day walks on mostly well looked after paths. Walks are generally between 15kms and 20kms/8 miles-11 miles a day with cumulative ascents/descents between 200m and 600m. The walks are often extensions of the grade 4 walks and apart from very occasional rough or steep ground do not in general involve terrain which you would normally expect to encounter on a grade 6 holiday.The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is roughly 800m. See the Itinerary section for more information.

Second week: This Grade 6 holiday includes walks between five and six hours on hilly terrain that is often rough underfoot, and with steep sections on many paths. Some days will be energetic, as we ramble through unspoilt scenery and quiet villages. On most days we will cover a distance of around 7-9 miles on foot, ascents will vary between 300 to 500m. Descents will vary from 100m to 600m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 1205m.

FLEXI-Walking We are able to offer opt out points on most of the walks on this holiday, giving you the flexibility of walking the entire day's route or opting out if wish, catching up with the group later in the day. See the Itinerary section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We travel from London Gatwick to Oporto in northern Portugal with TAP - Air Portugal. The transfer from Oporto Airport to Vila Praia de Ancora will be by coach and will take approximately 1.15 hours.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost. Breakfasts will be taken at our hotels and are a buffet style with a varied selection. Dinners in Praia de Ancora will be taken in the hotels own Dona Belinha restaurant which serves some of the best traditional Portuguese cuisine. We will also dine in local restaurants in Castro Laboreiro where we can enjoy the local Portuguese cuisine. Due to its secluded location, we will be dining in the hotel’s restaurant in Peneda for our evening meals. The menu’s are inspired by local, regional and national cuisine with an emphasis on Peneda’s local dishes. Lunches are not included and can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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