Walking Holidays in Portugal for 2018
Portugal Green Walks has come a long way since we began to specialise in cultural, gastronomic and walking holidays in Portugal for incoming visitors back in 2012. Over the years, our organisation has evolved and expanded to meet increasing demand so that we keep both our loyal and new clients delighted.
Part of what makes our work so rewarding is developing and refining exciting routes and both guided and self-guided tours in Northern Portugal.
This year is no exception and we’re proud to introduce our Walking Holidays in Portugal for 2018.
Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago
We’ve been specialists in the Portuguese Way of St. James from the outset and for the next year, one of our new self-guided walking trails is the Camino de Santiago Portuguese Coastal Route.
Starting from the historical city of Porto, this ancient pilgrim trail heads north alongside the picturesque beaches of the Costa Verde and through several coastal towns and inland villages to the charming town of Caminha at the very tip of Northern Portugal and on to Galicia. It offers plenty of opportunities to sample the catch of the day and excellent vinho verde (young wine from the north of Portugal) along the way.
After crossing the River Minho into Spain, more oceanfront scenery lays in store, not to mention delicious seafood and tasty Galicia beer, on the way to the beautiful seaside town of Baiona. From here, the route heads inland to merge with the classic Camino Portugues. The glorious Galician countryside is punctuated by authentic villages, interesting towns and cities that have deep connections with this spiritual journey to the grandiose cathedral at Santiago de Compostela where Saint James’ was finally laid to rest.
Find out more about the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago.
If you’re looking for more leisurely walking holidays in Portugal that enables you to spend as much time as possible by the ocean, the Atlantic Route may suit you better.
This undemanding walking trail takes you along beach boardwalks, eco trails and country lanes to a range of intriguing coastal towns and villages. You’ll see local fishing and farming folk at work and get to explore historical and cultural treasures in the city of Viana do Castelo before reaching the pretty town of Caminha at the mouth of the River Minho with fantastic views of Spanish and Portuguese landscapes.
This is among our delightful walking holidays in Portugal. It’s designed to allow you time and energy to explore each place you stay in or take time out on the beach or simply linger over your meals and hang out in atmospheric squares.
Discover the Atlantic Route here.
Heart and Soul of Douro Valley
The magnificent sculpted landscapes of the Douro Valley provide the backdrop to one of our most scenic walking holidays in Portugal for 2018.
Spend a week exploring the vineyards, forests, rivers, villages and small towns of this UNESCO World Heritage wine region on foot.
Day by day, you’ll explore each side of the Pinhão Valley and walk from the heart of the wine region in Pinhão to its outer edges, allowing you to experience how the landscape changes. Some days are hillier than others but your efforts will always be rewarded with delicious local dishes and, of course, some of the world’s best wines.
Marvel at the ever-changing patchwork patterns created by terraces and rows of grape vines. See the manual work that goes into wine production in this unique terroir, from handmade stone walls to hand-tied vines and hand-picked grapes. Visit local wineries to learn about their stories and taste both port and table wines.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the 4-cornered bread, baked in traditional wood-fired ovens in the village of Favaios and taste locally produced moscatel wine.
Learn more about the Heart and Soul of the Douro Valley.
See all our walking holidays in Portugal.