Emerald Coast

Explore the dramatic beauty of the Atlantic coast in the north west corner of Portugal.

Mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and the sparkling "vinho verde", this tour is in an area with captivating scenery, once seen, never forgotten.

Our base for the week will be Vila Praia de Ancora, one of many eyecatching towns on this wonderful coast in the north west corner of Portugal.
Our time will be spent exploring our base, walking the coast line, crossing over the Rio Minho in a delightful small chain ferry into Galicia to visit the Mountain of Santa Tecla with its sanctuary and its celtic settlements.
Other walks will take us into the mountains of the Serra d’Agra using old tracks which wind through the landscape and link the numerous old mountain villages.

This area of Portugal is renowned for its lush, green landscape, gentle sea breezes, and of course, great beaches.
Its traditions are rooted in fishing and, interestingly, sea weed harvesting, and it’s also an area where the clean atmosphere means that the stars still shine in all their glory when the sun has gone down, quite a rarity these days in Europe.
The area has been inhabited since pre-historic times, and is rich in natural and cultural history ranging from Neolithic to Roman times, with villages full of history for us to visit. Its beauty has always appealed to the wealthy Portuguese, who, through the ages, have built many lovely and secluded mansions, which still remain to be admired.

Comfortable 4-star accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the Airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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