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Waterways of the Minho

Waterways of the Minho

Waterways of the Minho Overview

Enjoy gentle riverside cycling and some of Portugal's oldest and most picturesque towns on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel holiday. While your luggage is transferred, you follow the ecovia walking and cycling path alongside the rivers Vez and Lima through the Lima Valley, Portugal's greenest corner.

Tucked beneath the border with Galicia in the far north-west of Portugal and fed by the waters of the rivers Minho and Lima, this is arguably the most picturesque corner of the country. While its hillsides are coated in rich maritime pine, its meadows are grazed by long-horned cattle and braided by the vines that produce the region's famous vinho verde. This leisurely journey traces the course of the rivers Vez and Lima as they languidly thread their way through the Lima Valley, beginning in the delightful waterfront town of Arcos de Valdevez, and continuing westwards to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Viana do Castelo. Along the way, you cycle through Portugal's oldest town – the incomparable Ponte de Lima – and uncover myriad treasures: from the ancient bridges that span the waters to the birdlife that fishes from the banks. At journey's end, a gentle coastal ride north to the Spanish border bestows its own reward – mile upon mile of soft, golden sands.
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