Unknown North Portugal
We have designed a fabulous seven-day journey through North Portugal with the Valley of the Douro as its most southern part and central theme. We pass through remote areas. We stay in special hotels, places with a wow-factor. We will enjoy the local cuisine and drinks. We will visit a beautiful quinta where we can see how port wine is made and can have a tasting. And we drive stunning tracks.
Culture and nature
We start in Bragança, a pretty town with a pleasant historical centre, dominated by a medieval citadel, once home of the Duke of Bragança. Over tracks and tiny roads we head for Chaves, with its magnificent roman bridge and hot water springs. We move on to the unspoilt Gerês National Park. If you fancy a swim in a water fall this is the place to go. The Serra da Peneda and Serra do Gerês are the only protected area in Portugal that has been classified as a National Park. It is a world apart, where human activity is integrated in a harmonious manner with nature, preserving ancient values and traditions that can be seen in old villages.
One of the highlights of the tour is our visit to the Pinhão area in the heart of the Douro valley. This is the centre of the port wine trade, as you can see on the tiles in its railway station. We can visit a port estate, take a boattrip on the Douro and enjoy the fine scenery. From here we drive along the banks of the river Douro to Barca de Alva where it meets Portugal’s Iberian neighbour Spain. Finally, we will drive up the cliffs along the Douro river in the complete wilderness between the historic towns of Freixo de Espada a Cinta and Miranda do Douro, where the tour will end.
The dates are the days on which we travel for a full day. In the afternoon before our departure day, we get together in Bragança and start the tour proper the next day. We end in Miranda do Douro in the afternoon of our final day, thus giving us seven full days of travel.
Overview of the dates:
- 5 October: meet each in our hotel in Braganza.
- 6 October: leave from Branganza for our first day of travel.
- 12 October: arrive in or near Miranda do Douro, where the journey ends.
Overnight stay to the 13th is not included in the offer. Please let us know if you’d like us to book an accommodation for you as a service. You will check in and out yourself.
Your guide is José Almeida, whose unique knowledge of the country, its culture and people, not to mention the fabulous tracks he knows, adds vastly to your experience. He speaks perfect English.
The trip is just over 800 km long, of which some 60% on tracks. It is one of our more technical tours to drive, though never dangerous. A 4×4 with good ground clearance and a low range gear box is a must.
- Seven overnight stays during the trip in hotels, including breakfast
- Seven days of travel
- Welcome dinner
- Researched itinerary
- Tour description
- Support car and two guides
- Hand held radio in car
- Any other meals
- Overnight stays outside trip dates