In this seven-day trip, we explore the three regions of the northern interior of Portugal, with which we have roots, and that offer a diversity of landscapes, heritage, nature, gastronomy and people so genuine, who are able to conquer forever those who know them.
It was so to us.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour type: Nature Tours; Patrimony; Gastronomy and wines; Bird watching; Rock carvings; Sights; Photography; Cultural; Monuments;
Places to visit: Lamego; Ucanha; Salzedas; Mondim da Beira; São João de Tarouca; Leomil; Tabosa; Freixinho; Fonte Arcada; Granja do Tedo; Tabuaço; Barcos; Villages of Algoso, Uva, Mora and Teixeira; Barrocal do Douro; Picote; Miranda do Douro; Mogadouro; Freixo de Espada à Cinta; Lagoaça; Barca de Alva; Escalhão; Historical village of Castelo Rodrigo; Almendra; Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo; Almofala; Pinhel;
Activities: Visit to several monasteries of the order of Cister (Ferreirim, Salzedas, São João de Tarouca, Carregal and São Pedro das Águias) and Sanctuaries (Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and Nossa Senhora da Lapa); Visits to monuments / heritage; TT / pedestrian tours through the cliffs of the Douro River; Bird watching; Environmental Cruise or kayaking in the Douro River; Interpretative tours; Visits to monuments; Visit to the Ethnographic Museum and Church of Escalhão; Boat trip on the Douro river; Visit to the Archaeological Park of Côa (Ribeira de Piscos – interpretative tour with guide, for observation of rock engravings); Visit to a wine farm with lunch; Guided tour to the Faia Brava Reserve; Birdwatching in the Aguiar Dam; Walk through the cliffs of the Águeda river; Train trip through Douro Wine Region World Heritage (optional);
Transportation: Automobile; All Terrain Vehicle; Train (optional);
Accommodation: Rural Tourism Units;
Beginning and end of trip: Porto;
Total distance traveled: 1100 km;
Included: Guide; Nature guides; Transportation with driver; Accommodation w / breakfast (6 nights); Boat trip on the Douro River; Guided visit to rock engravings; Guided visit to the Faia Brava Natural Reserve; Visit to a wine farm; Tickets to monuments and museums; Wildlife observation material; Environmental Cruise or kayak tour on the Douro river; All Terrain Tours; Travel by train (optional);
Price: from 130€ Person/Day
Start of trip in Porto towards Lamego. Visit to the city and points of interest: castle, cistern, Cathedral, Sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora dos Remédios”. Lunch in the village of Ucanha, and visit during the afternoon to the monasteries of “Salzedas” and “São João de Tarouca”. Accommodation in the village of Leomil. Dinner.
Day to visit several localities of the region, monasteries and sanctuaries, with lunch and dinner with regional food.
Departure from Leomil. Pedestrian promenade to the castles of “Cabriz” or “Ponte do Fumo”. Visit to the charming Monastery of “São Pedro das Águias”. Lunch in São João da Pesqueira and continuation of the trip along Douro Vinhateiro to Mogadouro. Visit to the Castle of “Algoso” and the villages of Uva, Mora and Teixeira, to know the traditional architecture and dovecotes of the Mirandese plateau region. Accommodation in the village of Atenor and dinner in the village of Sendim.
In the morning visit to the cliffs of the Douro Internacional, for bird watching and see amazing landscapes. Passage through the villages of Barrocal do Douro and Picote, a contrast between modern and traditional architecture. Visit and lunch in Miranda do Douro, followed by a kayak tour or an environmental cruise on the Douro River. Return to Atenor and dinner in the village of Palaçoulo.
Continuation of the trip towards Barca d'Alva, with stops in Lagoaça, Salto de Aldeia d'Ávila, viewpoint of Carrascalinho and Freixo de Espada à Cinta for lunch. In Barca d'Alva, boat ride along the river Douro or walking tour through the Ribeira do Mosteiro. Stop in Escalhão to visit the Church (13th century) and Ethnographic Museum. Accommodation in Castelo Rodrigo. Dinner.
Day dedicated to know the region. Visit to the rock engravings of the Ribeira de Piscos, in the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, Quinta de Erva Moira (wine Farm) and an interpretive walking tour in the Faia Brava Natural Reserve, with a nature guide. Return to Castelo Rodrigo and dinner.
On this last day, in the morning, birdwatching in the bay of Santa Maria de Aguiar and pedestrian walk to the cliffs on the Águeda river. In the afternoon there are two options: Visit to the village of Pinhel to see its Castle and imposing lots, or train trip Pocinho / Pinhão to admire the World Heritage Douro Vineyard. Arrival in Porto at 19.00.
Departure from Porto (hotel)