Northern Portugal self-guided hiking vacation

“Routes through the mountains, along the Rio Lima valley and on the Green Coast – this self guided walking vacation reveals the best of northern Portugal.”


Easy walking with some long days | Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel | Porto | Lindoso to Soajo walk | walk westwards from Soajo | Ponte de Barca to Ponte de Lima walk | Ponte de Lima to Viana do Castelo | Viana to Vila Praia de Âncora walk | walk into Galicia in Spain

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

We advise all of our clients to stay to the marked paths. This is to maintain the environment as they pass so that it remains pristine for walkers using the pathways in the future. It is also important in order to keep some distance from the local wildlife. We also advise that they take all of their rubbish with them until the end of the day and recycle or dispose of it as is appropriate.

As much as is possible on this trek we have tried to ensure that the walking is done from hotel to hotel, meaning that there is no need to be transported from or to a hotel each day and reduces the need for transportation journeys and their effect on the environment. When the luggage needs to be transferred we use the hotels or local companies to ensure that the driving required is kept to a minimum.

Our trek takes you from the border of Spain in north-east Portugal all the way to the Atlantic Coast on the north-west through the beautiful Minho region.

The Impacts of this Trip

Most of the hotels we use in the Minho are small and family run enabling these establishments to continue into the future. They are the establishments which are most in need of the tourism income and their ability to continue their success is important to this area. We also arrange for our clients to eat either at the hotels or at small local restaurants, again keeping the income in the small towns and villages where they stay overnight. We also use either the hotel, local companies or local taxi companies for the luggage and people transfers necessary for this trek. This also keeps the environmental impact to a minimum.

Inheriting its name from the curving river which flows through it, marking the border with Spain, the Minho region of Northern Portugal is not only rich in culture, traditions and history, it is also strikingly beautiful. Also known as ‘Costa Verde’ or the ‘Green Coast’, Minho is renowned for its excellent wines and unparalleled hospitality of its people.


1 Reviews of Northern Portugal self-guided hiking vacation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The contrast between mountains, river valleys and the coast, and the different types of accommodation. Also seeing a pair of golden eagles in the national
park, which made our long hike uphill worthwhile!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't expect to rest too much! We found the durations just about right, but you are asked to have your luggage packed for 9am ready for onward transfer so
you don't get much of a lie-in!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The accommodation we stayed in all had eco-friendly policies and we learnt about the wildlife and culture of the region at two of the national park's visitor
centers. The vacation could have benefitted local people more had we not have travelled in the quieter season at the end of September when there weren't
many restaurants open in the villages inland.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Really good. Everything was organised very well and the maps and directions were comprehensive. It was the perfect combination of supported
independence for us.

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