Hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park

If the idea of spending a week walking from village to village in the mountains of northern Portugal appeals to you, this could be the tour for you.

In the Peneda-Gerês National Park, you’ll get a variety of landscapes and terrains and stunning views as well as the chance to see age-old rural lifestyles up close and personal.

Stay in charming stone cottages, savour local dishes in traditional restaurants and enjoy being at one with nature.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1 – Ponte de Lima

  • Make your own way (or add a private transfer) to the charming riverside town of Ponte de Lima
  • Rest of the day at leisure to explore the historical town
  • Spend the night in a comfortable 3-star hotel

Day 2 – Ponte de Lima to Peneda (9 km)

  • Private transfer to the starting point of the first walk, a small village in the Peneda Mountains
  • Follow an ancient stone path across the peaks, passing fascinating granite rock formations and mountain streams
  • Enjoy spectacular views as you cross the plateau and make your descent to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda
  • Spend the night in a comfortable 3-star hotel

Day 3 – Peneda to Lindoso (18 km)

  • Follow the Peneda River through the leafy valley all the way to Mixtura das Águas where it flows into the Lindoso Reservoir
  • Continue alongside the reservoir to the tiny village of Várzea
  • Transfer to the pretty village of Lindoso where you can admire the castle and collection of granite grain stores
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 4 – Lindoso circular walk (tbc)

  • No need to pack your case today as you set off on a scenic circular trail around Lindoso, taking in crystal clear pools and more mountain villages
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 5 – Lindoso to Soajo (approx 12 km) 

  • Walk across the spectacular Alto Lindoso dam and up to the village of Paradela
  • The ever-changing countryside will lead you through patches of forest and high above the River Lima before reaching the village of Soajo
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 6 – Avelar to Soajo (18 km)

  • Private transfer to the village of Avelar
  • Your walk begins with incredible views of the Ramiscal Valley and forest, a protected part of the Peneda-Gerês
  • Continue into the wilderness to see shepherds’ shelters, an ancient wolf trap and breathtaking views
  • Return to Soajo via more isolated villages and the Mezio Park Gate
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 7 – Soajo to Porto

  • Private transfer from Soajo to the city of Porto where you will have free time to see a few of the key sights or do some shopping
  • Accommodation at a 4-star hotel

Day 8 – End of services

  • After breakfast at the hotel, check out and embark on your onward journey or adapt this itinerary by adding extra nights and a city tour.
  • Price from €840 per person sharing a double room
  • Single supplement of €360
  • Minimum 2 people for safety reasons
  • Available from March 15th to November 1st

What’s included

  • 7 Nights of accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast included
  • 5 packed lunches during the walks (day 2 to day 6)
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations (day 2 to day 5)
  • Private transfer from Ponte de Lima to start of walk (day 2)
  • Private transfer from Soajo to Avelar (day 6)
  • Private transfer from Soajo to Porto city centre (day 7)
  • Walking route notes
  • GPS device with pre-programmed trails in Peneda-Gerês National Park (€250 deposit required)
  • 24/7 emergency support

What’s not included:

  • Transfer from Porto to Ponte de Lima (possible for an extra fee)
  • Transfer from Porto to the airport (possible for an extra fee)
  • Meals except for the packed lunch during the walks (possible for an extra fee)
  • Personal equipment
  • Other personal expenses
  • All items not mentioned in “included”
  • Personal insurance

Please complete this form and I will connect you with a specialist local tour operator who can make all the arrangements for you. I may receive a small referral fee from them but it won’t affect the price you pay.

If the suggested self-guided walking holiday in Peneda-Gerês National Park isn’t a perfect match, let me know what you want to do and we can tailor a programme to suit you.

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Hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park
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