Beautiful Minho countryside and beach near Montedor. Minho self-guided walking holiday

It’s no secret that I am deeply in love with the Minho region of Portugal, specifically the Alto Minho. This is the very top left hand corner of Portugal, between the Lima and Minho rivers.

Within this relatively small patch of Northern Portugal, you’ve got gorgeous unpoilt beaches, medieval castles and fortresses, Celtic settlements, Baroque and Romanesque churches, Roman roads and ruins, delightful riverside towns and beautiful countryside in between.

What’s not to love? If you want to get a well-rounded taste of what the Minho has to offer, this self-guided holiday covers all bases.

Cycle from Viana do Castelo along the Lima River to Ponte de Lima then walk north along the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail to the northern border town of Valença. Follow the River Minho east to its mouth at Caminha then discover the varied coastline on your way south back to Viana do Castelo.

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Day 1: Arrival in Viana do Castelo

Arrive in the charming city of Viana do Castelo. A tour representative will meet you at the hotel to give you a full briefing, your bikes and GPS device in preparation for Day 2.

Rest of the day at leisure in Viana do Castelo – see what there is to do

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 2 – Viana do Castelo to Ponte de Lima (27 km)

By cycling along the wide, calm River Lima, you should arrive in Ponte de Lima with time to appreciate its many delights. Unless you decide to take your time and make the most of the attractive scenery and peaceful cycle path between these two towns.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 3 – Ponte de Lima to Rubiães (22 km)

As you cross the ancient bridge to leave Ponte de Lima, you will be following the Camino de Santiago up to the top of Labruja Mountain for stunning views and then down to Rubiães, where there is a Roman road and a Romanesque church.

Read about my experiences of walking from Ponte de Lima to Valença

Accommodation: Country inn

Day 4 – Rubiães to Valença do Minho (14 km)

A less challenging walk brings you to the fortress town of Valença where you can explore the ancient walls and squares or pop across the river to visit the Spanish town of Tui.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 5 – Valença to Vila Nova de Cerveira (16 km)

Walk down to the River Minho then follow it along boardwalks and country lanes to the sculpture-filled town of Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Accommodation: Country inn

Day 6 – Vila Nova de Cerveira to Vila Praia de Âncora (22 km)

Leave Vila Nova de Cerveira via its attractive riverside park and follow the river before heading inland through a village before returning to the estuary and reaching the historical centre of Caminha. Once you’ve crossed the pine forest, head south along the coast to the fishing town of Vila Praia de Âncora.

Accommodation: 4 star hotel

Day 7 – Vila Praia de Âncora to Viana do Castelo (18 km)

Follow the boardwalk to yet another ancient fortress, with varied coastline, verdant countryside and small villages an the way back to Viana do Castelo.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 8 – Departure

After breakfast, begin your onward journey

Note: this tour can be customised if it’s not quite what you’re looking for. Just tell me what you have in mind when you make your enquiry.

Price: From €735 per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room. Single supplement from €280

As already mentioned, this Best of the Minho tour can be customised to suit but the suggested itinerary includes the following.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a double room with breakfast included
  • Dinner on day 5
  • 1 self-guided cycle tour
  • 5 self-guided walking tours
  • Bicycles, helmets and locks for use on Day 2
  • Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
  • GPS device with all the tracks (a refundable deposit of €200 is required)
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations (max 15 kg per bag)
  • An emergency number and local support

What’s Not included:

  • Meals except as described above
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses and gratuities

This tour can be customised if it’s not quite what you’re looking for. Just tell me what you have in mind when you make your enquiry.

Once I know what you’re looking for, I’ll connect you with my local partner travel agency to take care of the bookings and arrangements for you.


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