Day 4 - into the hills again (Frank Hofmann) 
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£615.00 (2014)
7 nights
7 B&B, 1 evening meal, 6 picnics, luggage transfers between hotels
Medium - Hard
3½ - 7 hours
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Northern Portugal
Walking the wild hill country
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A self-guided hike in the hills of green Peneda. from Soajo through Lindoso, Brufe with its Restaurant Aboncahado, Camp Geres and the Roman Road to Emaus, before a final walk over the hill to your converted monastery at Santa Maria do Bouro. Visit Braga and Porto too, and relax in this unspoilt part of sunny Portugal.

 

Espigueros and bacalhau

Hidden away in the golden hills and lush green valleys of the Peneda-Gerês national park 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) that penetrate wild uplands. There is a wonderful sense of remoteness, though you are never far from a village, and may walk for hours without seeing anyone. Feast on bacalhau at Brufe's remarkable Restaurant Abocanhado (not included in holiday price), walk along a Roman road high above the valley, and 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)

 

Standard route (as per "itinerary"): 7-nights. Alternative 7-night Lindoso option (2 nights in Lindoso and miss the Pousada - spend 2 days in this little village and try Paul Burton's circular walk) OR combine the two for an 8-night holiday. Suggested shorter alternatives: 6-night option (miss night 2 & Soajo circular walk OR  miss night 7 (Pousada, but with taxi to Braga) and Day 7 walk). 5-night option (miss nights 1 & 2), start in Lindoso.


Highlights
  • The granite hills of the Peneda Gerês national park
  • Terraces and espigueiros
  • Old villages and older ways of life
  • Ancient paved footpaths and the Via Romana
  • Lindoso Castle
  • 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: Upgrade your dinner experience at Casa de Emaus (night 6) to sample a special 3-course dinner with local wines @ £8 per person. If you would like to sample even better wines whilst in Emaus, this is also possible for an extra supplement, payable locally.

 

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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Paul and Denise Burton 

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