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 beautiful and historical riverside town of Ponte de Lima
  • Spend the rest of the day enjoying Ponte de Lima’s many charms, such as its Roman bridge, riverside footpaths, Gothic church, medieval and Baroque architecture and unique museums.
  • Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star hotel

Day 2 – Ponte de Lima – Hike from Branda da Aveleira to Peneda (11 km)

  • Enjoy the scenery during a private transfer to the starting point of your first hike, a small village in the Peneda Mountains that was used as a summer settlement 
  • Follow an ancient pilgrim path across the peaks, passing fascinating granite rock formations and mountain streams. You could stop to enjoy your packed lunch beside a mountain lake.
  • Enjoy spectacular views as you cross the plateau and make your descent to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda
  • Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star hotel

Day 3 – Hike from Peneda Sanctuary to the village of 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 where you will meet a local taxi driver
  • Transfer to the pretty village of Lindoso where you can admire the views from the medieval castle and explore its famous collection of granite grain stores
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 4 – Serra Amarela circular hiking trail (16 km + 5.5 km)

  • There’s no need to pack your case today as you set off on a scenic circular trail around Lindoso, taking in spectacular views of the Peneda-Gerês mountains and valleys and more isolated villages. You might even meet some Garrano horses!
  • The full circular route is 21.5 km but you can choose to take a taxi to skip the last 7 if that’s too much for one day.
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 5 – Linear hike from Lindoso to Soajo (approx 12 km) 

  • Walk through a series of traditional villages and attractive Peneda-Gerês landscapes to reach the River Lima and continue into the village of Soajo
  • Accommodation in a charming country cottage in the village

Day 6 – Linear hike from Avelar to Soajo (18 km)

  • The day starts with a 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 National Park
  • 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 – Transfer from Soajo to Porto

  • Private transfer from Soajo to the vibrant UNESCO World Heritage 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 in the heart of the city

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.

What’s included in the tour package?

  • Price from €695 per person sharing a double room
  • Single supplement of €315
  • Minimum 2 people for safety reasons
  • Available from March 1st to October 31st

What’s included:

  • 7 Nights of accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast included
  • 5 packed lunches on the walking days (day 2 to day 6)
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (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)
  • Detailed 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 breakfasts at the accommodations and the packed lunch during the walks (possible for an extra fee)
  • Personal equipment
  • Other personal expenses
  • All items not mentioned in “included”
  • Personal insurance – this is recommended so I suggest you get a quote from World Nomads

Make an enquiry about this self-guided hiking tour of the Peneda-Gerês National Park in Northern Portugal

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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