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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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Windmills, waves & wild beaches

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Up here, between the Minho and Lima rivers, next to the old windmills of Montedor and along the sandy walkways of the coastal ecovias, Portugal’s beaches feel wild again, entwined with a storybook of tales from an Age of Discovery.

It’s therefore a place that rewards you tying up your walking boots and nosing around, infinitely more than unfolding a deck chair and whipping out a bestseller.

It’s therefore a place we’d love to share with you.

Back in the Middle Ages, Portugal was a small nation with grand notions of expansion and exploration. Bound in by its bigger and stronger neighbour to the east, it was to the infinity of the Atlantic that its people looked to broaden its horizons.

The Atlantic ocean gave it all to Portugal, and still today gives the country one of its main tourist resources as an international surfing destination and a beloved beach getaway. But the long coastline offers so much more than its showcase beaches down south...

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Hiking along Minho's Atlantic coast
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Walking past the Afife fortress on the Atlantic


The first sailors to battle the high seas made it to Terranova, modern day Canada, and returned with the cod for which the country is now famed. Later expeditions discovered trade routes to the east and unchartered territories to the west, flooding wealth into the palaces and churches in towns like Minho’s Viana do Castelo, where our Inn to Inn walk ends and a refreshing drink on a shady terrace starts. Barely known beyond its nation’s borders, Viana became a thriving maritime trading post, packing up and posting off its wine, fruit and salt to the busy ports of northern Europe.

Just like those early sailors, we too look to the clear blue to broaden your horizons in northern Portugal. We look to a quiet stretch of sand dunes, rocky cliffs and empty white beaches. We look to abandoned sea fortresses and graceful windmills, to ancient rock carvings and to salt pans from a bygone era.

We do so because walking along the ocean is always special. The light playing on the water, the waves breaking onto the shore, the fresh salty smell filtering into your nose. The sheer vastness of it all. The centuries of human heritage... And if you’re tempted in for a swim along the way, we can only encourage such behaviour.

From the tucked away terraces up in the Peneda mountains, to pathways shared with pilgrims and a web of flowing waterways which spill out into the Atlantic over which you now direct your gaze, a well-planned walking holiday carries you through an awful lot of diveristy in a little pocket of Portugal that few have ever heard of, let alone unpacked a suitcase in.

More on that below.

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