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A rural idyll in Northern Portugal Back to News

Tuesday 28th August | Posted by Simon Scutt

For a truly remote escape in a timeless landscape, the golden hills and lush green valleys of Northern Portugal are hard to beat. This part of the country is well off the beaten track – the people you’ll meet on our self-guided walking holiday are far more likely to be farmers and villagers than tourists, living a centuries-old lifestyle.

Our route designer remembers a resident summing up the difference between life here and in the towns:  In the village, if there is a knock on the door at night, you will hear the voice inside say ‘Come in whoever’s out there’. In the town it would be ‘Who’s out there?’ and only after the reply, ‘Come in’.

Here you’ll find reminders of the area’s Celtic and Roman heritage along the old paved tracks and footpaths. Farmers keep long-horned cattle to haul their ox-carts, and the staple food is maize, stored in distinctive granite espigueiros.

Our village accommodations are rustic and welcoming, but walk’s end is a touch of grandeur – a magnificent monastery now converted into a top hotel. And we recommend adding a day or two in historic Porto.

Find out more about our walk in Northern Portugal here.

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