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PORTUGAL'S NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS

from £1495
Combine our 'Portugal Emerald Coast' and 'Wilderness Parks of Northern Portugal' holidays for a wonderful two week holiday discovering Portugal's highlights.
  • Product Code 26690
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, New Holiday
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Portugal's Northern Highlights

The holiday combines our 'Portugal Emerald Coast' and 'Wilderness Parks of Northern Portugal' holidays. 

Based on the stunning Costa Verde, famous for its mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and “Vinho Verde”, this is a captivating and unforgettable holiday destination. 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.

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.

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 two-centre holiday is centred in the Serra da Peneda and is designed so you 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.


Holiday Highlights

  • The valley of the Rio Peneda with its rustic trails, wild hillsides, intricate patchwork of fields and traditional farms.
  • Abundance of rare wild flowers, birds of prey and wild horses.
  • Isolated villages with high mountain meadows.
  • Portuguese hospitality, wine and cuisine.
  • Walkers’ Paradise - endless ancient stoned pathways in unspoiled countryside.
  • Nature lovers delight.
  • Attractive towns alive with local flavour and colour.
  • Uncrowded beaches and azure seas.
  • Visiting the green landscapes of Galicia in Spain.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      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.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 4 & 6 1st wk, Grade 6 2nd wk

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Return Flights from Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 15 minutes

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Hotel Castrum Villae

The Hotel Castrum Villae is a comfortable hotel surrounded by nature and clear mountain air in the centre of Castro Laboreir, 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 Meira

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, safes, and satellite TV. Breakfasts and dinners are included, and are taken at the Hotels own Dona Belinha restaurant, which serves the best in traditional Portuguese cuisine, as well as a buffet breakfast with a large range of choice.


Hotel Peneda

Our final three nights will be spent in the beautifully designed Peneda Hotel, staffed by a friendly team and near to the Sanctuary, making an excellent base for our walks. The hotel enjoys a secluded location, near to the impressive Church that dominates the square, but from where you can enjoy beautiful views over the countryside and verdant mountains as well. Wandering into the village you can find a small café nearby but the hotels facilities do include a cosy restaurant, bar and lounge with wood burning fireplace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, although this can be patchy. Simple rooms are en suite with TV and heating.


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