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North Portugal Inn to Inn Walking Holiday

Walk through timeless mountain valleys, chat with passing pilgrims, drink wine by the river and stroll past Atlantic dunes in Portugal's peaceful north.

All your questions answered

Helping you find the right holiday for you is important to us, so here's a few common questions about this trip to help. If there's anything you'd like to know that's not covered here, send us over a message or you can also give us a call on +44 1273 676 712 and we'd be only too pleased to help.

When is the best time to go?

This trip can start any day of the week except Tuesday. We run this holiday from mid-April through June and then September through to early November. Availability tends to be easier if you start on a weekday (except Tuesday of course) and flights tend to be cheaper.

What will the weather be like?

The climate in Minho is generally mild but it can be humid, with temperatures ranging around 20º-25ºc from May to October.

When is peak season?

Peak season is from mid-July to the end of August but we do not generally offer this trip during that period as it is busy with summer holiday makers from Portugal and Spain and it can be too hot to be enjoyable.

How far ahead should I book?

We do guarantee only one departure every day, so if you have a limited travel window and specific dates we suggest you book around nine months ahead. If you are flexible with dates, then three – four months ahead should be fine.

Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

In common with all of our Inn to Inn walking holidays, most of the costs of this holiday are fixed so going solo will usually mean you pay nearly the same for one person as you would for two.

How long will I be walking each day?

You can expect to be walking around five – six hours each day at a comfortable pace with plenty of stops. Distances average around 20 km each day but there are some shorter days and options to shorten some walks.

Are there any steep ascents or descents?

There are two days (Sistelo and Caminho) that have some steep ascents of between 600 and 650m. The other days are fairly gentle.

How do I navigate?

We provide detailed OS maps, walking notes and a smart phone with a GPS-enabled navigation device - your route is pre-loaded.

Most of our guests like to navigate using maps and written notes but appreciate having the reassurance of the GPS just to check if they feel unsure at any point.

What if I get lost?

With all of the navigational tools at your disposal, and the friendly locals, you are unlikely to get lost but if you do get into any difficulties, simply call the local support number - we are always on hand 24/7.

What happens to my bags?

Your main luggage is transferred ahead for you each day you move on. This is the case with all our Inn to Inn trips. You just carry a day pack with what you need for the day. The hotels are very familiar with this system.

Can I opt out of a walk if I feel tired?

Yes, it's usually possible to skip a walk on any given day if you are tired, the weather is being unkind or you want to give your knees a rest.

You can hop in with the luggage transfer and travel to your next hotel by vehicle. It's best to let us know the night before if you can so we can let everyone know.

You can of course use the circular routes as rest days and opt out of the walk that day and explore the local area instead. Your guide will be able to talk you through the different options during the briefing.

How comfortable will I be?

Most of the hotels you stay in during this holiday are historical buildings that have been recently renovated, so they have a lot of comfort and character.

For your first couple of nights you stay in a renovated granite house where the lower floor would have housed animals. Today it's a lovely two-room house with great character.

The hotels in Arcos, along the Caminho de Santiago and those along the Minho river have swimming pools. The hotel at the end of the Caminho day is simpler than the others, as it's a pilgrims' hotel, but it's a very comfortable one by pilgrims' standards!

There are a couple of nights in a delightful hotel outside the town of Caminha, so that you can have a full day relaxing at the pool or the spa before heading to Viana, your final destination.

Will I meet the locals?

One advantage of the slow pace of an Inn to Inn walk is that it allows you to enjoy not only the nature around you, but also gain a deeper insight into local life.

This itinerary was designed precisely to give you a real insight into one of the least visited corners of Portugal. Some short, guided transfers have been included both to facilitate the walking and to ensure you have a rich cultural experience.

What might I not have thought of?

Food and wine will be a big part of your cultural experience in Northern Portugal - from the many varieties of vinho verde to the stunning sea food of the Atlantic coast.

Can I make changes to this trip?

This holiday can be tailored to suit you in certain ways though as an Inn to Inn walk, we can't easily deviate from the route without compromising the trip.

Extending the trip, either into Spain or joining with another walk in southern Portugal is perfectly possible.

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