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We arrive at Oporto's airport and make the short transfer by private coach into the city. Depending on our arrival time, there may be time for an orientation walk before dinner at a local restaurant.
We start our exploration today with a walking visit of Oporto's old town seeing the Clerigos Tower, and cathedral, amongst other sites. Narrow cobbled streets open onto shady squares and the river front is a nice spot to have lunch or a coffee. A lovely day that will give us a wonderful understanding of Porto.
We'll head to Porto's Sao Bento station this morning to catch our train to Guimaraes. The station is beautifully decorated in blue tiles and is definitely worth a stop before we board the train. Once in the World Heritage city of Guimaraes, we explore the lanes and plazas of the medieval centre.
Porto is situated on the River Douro, at its outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. Taking the tram out to Castelo do Queijo, our walk takes us along the Atlantic coastline to Foz, where we can walk back into the city or take the tram. This afternoon you may want to visit a museum, enjoy a boat trip on the Douro or do some shopping
We leave Oporto today and take the train to Pocinho, where we meet our coach for the last leg of the journey to Miranda do Douro. This train journey provides some of the most beautiful scenery of northern Portugal as much of i follows the river valley as it heads eastwards. We'll catch glimpses of terraces of vineyards of the Port producing region, small farms and villages, on a route that is considered as one of the most picturesque railways in Europe.
Day 6 to 9
From Mirando do Douro, our walks take us on undulating countryside tracks and offers scenic overlooks of the Douro river. Terraced vineyards that appear to fold into the hillside, rolling meadows as far as you can see and ever changing shades of green accompany us on our walks. Lunchtime picnic spots offer wonderful panoramas. Examples of our walks from Mirando do Douro:
Malhadas: This is a linear walk, mostly on the flat or with a slight descent. The walk is on good dirt tracks and passes through a number of quaint villages, as well as the ruins of Nossa Senhora do Pico, where, it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared several times to a little girl, prior to the Fatima apparitions. The waters of the well here are said to have healing properties. Ascent/Descent: Mostly flat/ 9 miles (15kms)/5+ hours
Ifanes: The Ifanes walk is approx. 9 miles long, (15kms) one of our longer walks, however it is easy walking through good undulating or flattish paths. A scenic spot overlooking the Rio Douro, is ideal for our picnic lunch. Ascent: 150 m/ Descent 275/ 9 miles (15kms)/ 6 hours
Cercio: A circular walk starting at our hotel, with no transport needed, follows undulating lanes and stony dirt tracks. There is an excellent museum in Miranda's main square that is worth visiting when you return. Ascent/descent +/- 150m/7 miles (12kms)/3.5 hours
Clapper Bridges: A circuit showing us traditional agricultural landscapes and smallholdings as well as some fine examples of extremely ancient and beautiful Clapper bridges. Ascent/Descent +/-150m/8 miles (14kms)/3.5 hours
We take the train again today as we travel to Regua, located in a region famous for its young wine, the Vinho Verde. We arrive in time for lunch followed by an orientation walk and possibly a short boat ride before we get ready for dinner.
Day 11 to 14
Our walks from Regua take us through vineyards, to small historic villages and past small churches, all with superb views as we go. Examples of the walks we plan to offer from Regua:
Fontelo walk: This walk starts at the hilltop Chapel of S. Domingos from where the views of the surrounding countryside are stunning. On our way back down we pass through vineyards, before we reach the river Douro and the dam. This walk offers an excellent cafe and coffee stop en route as well as a wonderful Port estate. Ascent 250 m/Descent 250m/ 7 miles (10kms)/ 5 hours
Lamego: A lovely day sightseeing in Lamego visiting its many monuments and the impressive sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios with its impressive staurcase. For those who wish, the day can be rounded off with a lovely walk into Regua through the vineyards.
Povoacao: This walk follows the first part of the Corgo railway line track in the dramatic and stunning Corgo valley before climbing and descending into Regua through wonderful local vineyards. Ascent 210m/Descent 315m/9 miles (14.5kms)/ 5 hours
Armamar: This walk is a circuit in the hills around Armamar on lovely tracks through vinyards and apple orchards for which the area is justly famous. Ascent 120m/descent 230m/ 8 miles (11.5kms)/5 hours
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast , some last minute views and time in the Douro Valley before our coach transfers us to Porto airport in time for our flight back to the UK