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