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Northern Portugal Holidays

Explore Portugal’s scenic, unhurried north with our walking holidays, road trips & tailormade tours

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River trails, on foot or on bike

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It’s so easy to feel relaxed by a river, isn’t it?

The gentle flow of languid water, the smiles exchanged with locals, the blue flash of a kingfisher scooting above the surface or the flap of a heron heading for a tree perch. Some locals take to dipping a fishing rod in the water to enjoy the scene, others sit on barges to watch the world go by. For us, there’s nothing quite like a good walk to settle into the ebbs and flows.

Up in Minho, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to river routes. From the hanging wooden walkways of the high Vez and the Lima’s peaceful path past windmills and cereal fields, to the open ecovia next to the border-straddling Minho, with its inviting river beaches and glorious vistas.

But for a change of pace, and a change of propulsion, the latter walk can instead be traversed with pedal power. The 16 kilometre path, which sticks loyally to the water, is wonderfully flat and smooth, making it ideal for cyclists of all skill and energy levels. Beginning in the fortress town of Valença, your day ends in little Vila Nova de Cerveira, known for its Saturday open market and its many artistic events.

It's a lovely cycle, or a relaxing walk, whichever option you choose. Take a look at our Inn to Inn Walking Holiday below, for more on that.

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Cycling alongside the Minho River
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Porto to Lisbon Signature Drive

  • £4,380 pp
  • 23 days

Exceptional Holidays

Best in class holidays, service, characterful hotels, lovely locals, food and beautiful walks - that's what our clients tell us they love about our holidays, as noted in the highest possible 5* Feefo Platinum Award.

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Certified B Corp

We are one of the first UK travel companies to be certified B Corp – regarded by The Independent as the premier sustainability certification, and described by Which? as "meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance".

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Award-winning Travel Positive

We are proud to have been recipients of awards from both Wanderlust and LUXLife for our sustainable Travel Positive initiative, that includes balancing carbon by 160%, and providing 1% of our revenue to the planet.