Day 4 - Hills above Germil
Day 4 - Hills above Germil 
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£665.00 (2017)
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7 nights
7 B&B, 6 picnics, luggage transfers between hotels and taxi to/from Emaus restaurant
Maximum party size 6
Medium - Hard
3½ - 7 hours
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Northern Portugal
The Roman road to the monastery of Santa Maria
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A self-guided hike in the quiet hills north of Porto.


Grade: medium-hard or medium


The Roman road to the monastery of Santa Maria

Hidden away in the golden hills and lush green valleys of north-eastern Portugal are delightful villages where rural communities continue a lifestyle that is centuries old. These villages (where farmers keep long-horned cattle, fed on maize stored in distinctive granite espigueiros) are linked by old paved tracks and footpaths (which you will use) across the hills.  Feast on bacalhau (cod) at Brufe's remarkable Restaurant Abocanhado (not included in holiday price), walk along a Roman road high above the valley, and end at a magnificent monastery, now converted into a top hotel. You can add a day or two in historic Porto (best at the start, to make effective use of cheap public transport).  Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary (& Joe)


Read Timeoutdoors on walking in this area.


Maximum party size: 6 (two doubles and a twin in Brufe)


Standard route (as per "itinerary"): 7-nights.

Shorter options:

6 nights (miss night 2 & Soajo circular walk)

5-nights (miss nights 1 & 2), start in Lindoso

4 nights stay Lindoso, Brufe, Emaus, Santa Maria do Bouro, walk Days 4, 6 and 7


Self-Guiding introduction by Paul Burton (subject to his availability) - accompanying you on your first walking day.  See "Prices".

  • The gentle hills of north-east Portugal
  • Old villages and older ways of life
  • Ancient paved footpaths and the Via Romana
  • Lindoso Castle above the lake
  • The view from the terrace of the Restaurant Abocanhado
  • The Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro
  • Historic Porto, the Port lodges and the Douro (add-on)

WE RECOMMEND:  Leave enough time in your holiday to spend a couple of nights in the unique city of Porto, home to the Port lodges along the Douro. This is well done at the beginning of the holiday as public transport works best from here.


EATING AND DRINKING: One of the joys of Northern Portugal is the warmth of the welcome you'll receive from your hosts. The food is hearty and wholesome and we can guarantee that you'll find it hard to lose weight on this walk. Try Caldo Verde soup, the ubiquitous bacalhau and beef from the barrosã cow. Eggs, honey and almonds also feature in many of the lovely puddings and cakes you'll sample during your stay.

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Route designed by

Paul and Denise Burton 

The Burtons have lived in Northern Portugal for more than 30 years and have been keen walkers ever since arriving in the area. They are the authors of Sunflower’s "Landscapes of Northern Portugal".