Walking Holiday in Porto

A Self-guided Walking Holiday in Porto crafted to explore the intriguing city that gave its name to Port wine. Grand historic buildings and magnificent churches rub shoulders with picturesque old quarters and a vibrant contemporary atmosphere. The tour includes also beautiful coastal walks along the seafront, visits to nearby cities, and Guimarães, the Birthplace of Portugal.

Highlights:

Spectacular city hikes in some of Porto’s most iconic monuments and places
The architecture and historical monuments in Porto
Tranquil and surprising coastal walks along mile-long sandy beaches
The estuary banks of the Douro River
The Port Lodges
Guimarães, the birthplace of the Portuguese nation
A fantastic itinerary of walks developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders
The hospitality and warmth of the local population
The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
Includes all the information and services you need, from detailed route notes to a 24h hotline

Call 0818 333 990 /  046 90 68600 or email info@uwalk.ie

Day 1 – Arrival at Porto Airport and transfer to the Hotel

Once you get to Porto airport you will be met inside the airport terminal, at the exit hall by our driver who will hold a sign with your name written upon it.

Day 2 – Gaia walk

A walk designed to take in and fully experience some of Porto´s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Praça da Ribeira, and the Port Lodges.
For this day, we also suggest exploring the Gaia Market, now converted into an untraditional food experience! Since you’re here, have a port wine experience in the old Port houses of Vila Nova de Gaia!

Walking time: 1h15; Distance: 4.5 km/2.79 mi; Ascent/Descent: +135m/-168m; Min/Max Elev.: 1m/99m

Day 3 – Afurada walk

The walk follows the coast south of Porto along boardwalks and promenades giving access to the beautiful west coast and its sandy beaches.
The fishing village of Afurada, with many cafés and restaurants, is worth exploring and makes a great lunchtime stop.
From here, follow the imaginatively created walkway along the south bank of the river back to the centre of Porto.

Walking time: 3h30; Distance: 14.2 km/8.8mi; Ascent/Descent: 116m/-52m; Min/Max Elev.: 1m/99m

Day 4 – Matosinhos walk

A walk along the north bank of the river starting at the fishing port of Matosinhos, renowned for its superb fish restaurants.
The walk follows promenades and boardwalks down the Atlantic coast to Foz do Douro where the river meets the sea.
Walk towards the centre of Porto enjoying superb views of the river, the town, and the sea followed by the classic Porto architecture.

Walking time: 3h; Distance: 12km/7.45mi; Ascent/Descent: 60m/0m; Min/Max Elev.: 0m/69m

Day 5 – Guimarães Town Walk

Guimarães is a charming and historic city and is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal. Its extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city.
Its charming medieval centre is a warren of labyrinthine lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th-century edifices, while on an adjacent hill stands a 1000-year-old castle and the massive palace built by the first Duke of Bragança in the 15th century.
Guimarães is a World Heritage Site and the proud birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal.

Walking time: 1h; Distance: 4km/2.48mi (total): Ascent/Descent: 54m/-36m; Min/Max Elev.: 174m/231m

Day 6 – Castelo do Queijo Walk

A lovely walk taking in some beautiful parks and gardens, along leafy quiet lanes. This tailored walk brings you to the city park, away from the main avenues.
Walk into the narrow, picturesque, and quaint streets, where the locals gather and sit outside to catch up on the conversation during the sunny afternoons!
Enjoy the day and take the time to visit places of interest along the way such as the Museu Romântico, the Casa Tait, and the Crystal Palace.

Walking time: 2h45; Distance: 11km/6.8mi; Ascent/Descent: +176m/-119m ; Min/Max Elev.: 6m/91m

Day 7 – Vila do Conde & Póvoa do Varzim Coastal Walk

A great coastal walk visiting two charming seaside towns, Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim.
Once a traditional fishing village, Vila do Conde is nowadays an important centre for industrial production, fishing, and tourism. It harbours the first protected area ever created in Portugal in 1957 – the Mondelo Ornithological Reserve. Today, this reserve is part of the Regional Protected area of the coast of Vila do Conde.
Póvoa de Varzim became famous in the late 19th century for its iodine-rich waters. But that doesn’t sum up what this town has to offer, nor its white sandy beaches, its traditional old quarters, and exquisite buildings. It holds one of the most unique sets of symbols associated with the fishing tradition – the Siglas Poveiras. These symbols were created by the local fisherman as their family coat of arms and identified their boats and fishing apparatus.

Walking time: 3h; Distance: 12.2km/7.58mi; Ascent/Descent: 10m/-4m; Min/Max Elev.: 0m/10m

Day 8 – Individual departure or extra days

At convenient time departure to Porto Airport or Porto Train station

 

Price per person: From €635 based on 2 sharing

What's included

Accommodation:

7 nights in a twin room for two pax (4 stars hotel)
Single supplement available with a surcharge
Extra nights available on request

Meals:

7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
Half-board available with surcharge (buffet dinner at the hotel without drinks)

Transport:

Meet & Greet Airport Transfer from airport/train station/bus station to the hotel on the first day
Transfers from the hotel to airport/train station/bus station on last day
Transports to walking/activities sites, if applicable

Your information pack includes:

Accommodation vouchers
Taxi vouchers
Emergency contact numbers
General information about your holiday and destination
List of the hotel(s)
Directions for arriving at your first hotel, if applicable
Detailed maps and route notes in your own mobile with App Routes & Maps (or detailed travel documents 1x per room)
Travel Advice
Complimentary luggage transfer if there is more than one hotel
Assistance 24/7

Exclusions:

Any services not listed as included

Flights to and from Portugal
Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage, or personal insurance (except as outlined)
Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
Personal expenses
Supplements

 Accommodation:

Hotel Vila Galé Porto in Porto

Room Type: Classic rooms w/ balcony – Land view

Board Basis: B&B at accommodation from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 8

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