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Explore the surprising variety of northern Portugal in a unique itinerary that combines mountains, rivers and the Atlantic coast. This trip unlocks some of best kept secrets of the north; from places that seem to be frozen in the past century, to ever-changing scenery, you'll be visiting what are some of the least-known - and most charming - parts of Portugal.
In the very north of Portugal, discover the small town of Sistelo, '7th Wonder of Portugal,' and its gorgeous terraces. Located within the boundaries of Peneda-Gerês National Park, Sistelo has been nicknamed the ‘Little Portuguese Tibet;' walking this forgotten village's old cobbled streets and trails will transport you into the past.
As you trace the flow downstream of the Rio Vez and the Rio Lima during the next couple of days, you’ll be stopping at the gorgeous towns of Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte de Barca and Ponte de Lima, before heading north for a diverse section of the Caminho Portugues. The third part of the trip will take you right up to (and briefly over) the border with Spain, along the Rio Minho and to the coastal towns of Caminha and Viana do Castelo.
The route has been chosen to take you off the tourist trail, to genuine Portuguese towns that still retain their soul and traditional lifestyles. We also include a detour to the better-known, curious Galician town of A Guarda, home to a unique archaeological site. It's just one of many surprising discoveries you'll make on this holiday.
To make sure you get the most out of your time, you will be met on your first day by one of our local guides, who talks you through the maps, walks and information for the week ahead. They will handle the short transfers linking you between the different areas, and are also there to give you on-call support and advice throughout your holiday.
Northern Portugal Highlights
Take in the the landscape and the