If you're looking for a stimulating holiday with culture, nature, spectacular scenery and great food and wine that's a bit off the beaten track, why not come walking or cycling in Northern Portugal? You can get a rare taste of life as it has been lived here for centuries.
We offer mountain biking, cycling, hiking and walking holiday adventures in the beautiful undiscovered Costa Verde (Green Coast) of Northern Portugal. Discover the real Portugal where the people are genuine, friendly, warm and helpful. We run guided or self guided tours, spend the day up in the mountains herding around five hundred mountain goats or walk along the river on the Mill Trail and help prepare and enjoy the traditional bread in the clay ovens. Try canoeing down 17km of crystal clear water with an optional overnight stop over. Whether hiking, biking, trekking or walking we have lots of trails available to all ages and levels of abilities.
For anyone who enjoys the outdoors in the warm southern European sunshine, mountain biking, cycling, hiking and walking the Costa Verde, green coast of Northern Portugal is the ideal place to be.
The Minho region of the North of Portugal stretches from the coastal city of Viana do Castelo eastwards to the Spanish border above Moncao, Melgaco and westward into Peneda-Geres, Portugal’s only National Park. It is one of the less well-known regions of Portugal but within this region holds some of the country’s most diverse, unspoilt and dynamic scenery. The Alto Minho’s vast open spaces, lush green valleys contrasting with the massive, bare granite mountains, its rural charm along with its lack of pollution makes this area ideal for walkers, hikers, ramblers, mountain bikers, cyclists, bird watchers and anglers. The region has some astonishing natural highlights which include the Peneda-Geres National Park. Here in this area of outstanding natural beauty, you will find many rare animals and plants. Having once been the home of the brown bear and the mountain goat, Peneda-Geres is today one of the last refuges of the great predators, such as the wolf and the royal eagle. You will also see herds of wild Geres ponies and long-horn oxen roaming the countryside. It covers an area of 72,000 hectares and has an extraordinary diversity of climate, environmnents and scenery, comprising the transition zone between the Mediterranean and Euro-Siberian regions. An important feature of the landscape is the constant presence of water. Brooks and waterfalls are common at every mountain slope and the park is crossed by several rivers, namely: Cávado, Lima, Homem, Rabagão, Castro Laboreiro and Arado. You will come across many secluded natural pools of crystal clear water in which to take a well deserved dip in the beautiful mountainous scenery.
Walk in winding undulating tracks amongst beautiful, near deserted ancient hillside villages. You can see years of ox-cart wheel tracks cut deep into the small granite roads, almost lost in time. Also see traditional houses built into giant rocks, like nothing you will have ever seen. Roman roads and bridges still in use today, over two thousand year old architecture, in this stunning undiscovered area of Portugal.
You will see beautiful countryside where small scale farming still survives using traditional techniques and ox-drawn carts are still in use. The people are still working the land as their forefathers did since ancient times. The small fields dotted around the hillsides surrounded by rows of vines being the grapes, which produce 'vinho verde', the area's distinctive 'green wine'
You will get the chance to rub shoulders with the locals, friendly village folk offering a genuine warm welcome and fresh local delicacies.
You'll soon feel a world away from your everyday life!
River Route October part 1 http://youtu.be/xVnMx_PWrm8
River Route October part 2 http://youtu.be/RDr_iT8tNMk