A walking holiday in the Minho and the Douro Valley, two of the most famous wine growing regions of Portugal
This walking holiday in the Minho and the Douro Valley, two of the most famous and stunning wine growing regions of Portugal, is ideal for those who enjoy good food, culture, wine, and fantastic day walks. We begin in with 2 nights in Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. From here we wander along the beaches of Minho's wild Atlantic Coast, explore the historic streets of Viana do Castelo, and walk a short section of the ‘Portuguese Way’. As we transfer east to the Douro Valley, we’ll break our journey with a long lunch at a family run quinta in Guimaeres, where we can sample some delicious Vinho Verde, and visit the baroque Casa de Mateus and its gardens. During our 3 nights in the Douro we will be based at a stunning 4* Pousada in the hillside town of Alijo. Here we explore on foot the magnificent vineyards and terraces that, over 2000 years of wine making, have transformed the landscape. This is the birthplace of port and, accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, as we walk we will begin to discover its story, from the cultivation of the terraces, the grape harvests, fermentation and bottling process, and its journey to the cellars of Porto. As a special treat one of our walks concludes at a riverside quinta owned by one of our guides, where we enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, with a range of accompanying wine, before taking a Rabelo boat downriver to Pinhao, famous for its railway station decorated in hand-painted blue tiles. We complete our journey with 2 nights in stunning Porto, where we will discover it's historic centre, before finally crossing the Rio Douro to end the holiday with a port tasting at one of the world famous port cellars of Vila Nova do Gaia.