Lima Valley & Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo, the jewel of the “Costa Verde”, is the gateway to Portugal’s ‘green coast’.
Set in one of the most beautiful landscapes, generated by nature and fortunately preserved by Humanity, it is like a living museum, with countless monuments and mansions of different periods and styles.
It is also the capital of the rich Minho folklore, with an important handicrafts industry and animated festivals.
Going to Viana do Castelo means visiting a beautiful, lively town with a lot of churches, monasteries, water fountains, vibrant street life… A cultural heritage not to be missed!
Viana do Castelo is perhaps northern Portugal's most historic coastal town. Located on the northern bank of the Lima estuary it has a long sea-faring tradition. Explorers, traders and fishermen set sail from its port for South America, Africa and Newfoundland.
The town’s setting, just by the Rio Lima estuary, means that Viana do Castelo is only a short hop from some excellent beaches and wonderful rugged, rocky coastlines. It is also a handy base for exploring the lower Lima valley and the nearby Serra d'Arga mountains. Oft described as ‘Entre o mar, o rio e a montanha’ (between the sea, the river and the mountains), the northern town of Viana do Castelo is exactly that.
All this makes it a perfect area to enjoy sightseeing, walking and exploring through the valleys, over the mountains and along the coast.
Santa Luzia mount boasts not only an excellent miradouro, a viewpoint with some of the best panoramic views in Portugal, but also a fascinating basilica (the Santuario de Santa Luzia) and the remains of a Celto-Iberian settlement. Venturing further out, the surrounding countryside offers a host of opportunities to discover its delights; be they waterfalls, mills with working waterwheels or isolated chapels marking the pilgrims’ path to Santiago de Compostela in Spanish Galicia.
|Comfortable en-suite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.