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Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Ramblers Portugal's Emerald Coast Tour

This walking tour will take you along some of Portugal's finest coast line, full of picturesque mountains, lush green countryside, and beaches. Visit the Ancora Valley, and take a visit up into the Serra d'Agra mountains following ancient tracks. Walk up the dramatic hillside of Santa Tecla and uncover charming villages along the way.

After your walks, why not take some time to relax on the beautiful beaches and perhaps take a dip in the sea before enjoying the delicious local cuisine.

Holiday Highlights
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  • Enjoy the variety of the 2 leader 2 grade walking programme on most dates.
  • Explore the dramatic mountains of the Serra d’Agra.
  • Delight in a walkers’ paradise of endless ancient stoned pathways in unspoiled countryside.
  • Admire the springtime flora and fauna in the lush pastoral valleys.
  • Take advantage of the carefully planned opt out points on many of the walks.
  • Visit the green landscape of Galicia in Spain.
What's Included
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  • Return flights from Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal)
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry travel between Portugal and Galicia
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotel
  • Most dinners at local restaurants
  • All local transport costs.
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Praia de Ancora

We fly to Oporto, Portugal's second city. On arrival, transfer by coach to Hotel Meira in Vila Praia de Ancora (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes). Our excellent four star hotel is located in the very heart of this charming town with all facilities within a few minutes' walk, and allowing us to eat out at local restaurants.

Transfer Time = 1h 15m

Day 2 - 7: Praia de Ancora

The northern coast of Portugal is simply very beautiful. In an area famous for its young wine, Vinho Verde, you will find a lush green landscape, quiet beaches, traditional villages and excellent local cuisine. Our 2 leaders, 2 grades walking programme allows us to fully explore the area as we cross the Rio Minho, into Galicia, Spain, visit the Ancora Valley, and also go up into the Serra d'Agra mountains following ancient tracks. Following are examples of the walks that we plan to include in our walking programme, to give you an idea of the terrain and mileage. The final walking programme will be confirmed by your group leaders at the daily briefings.

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: minimalm

Ancora Valley walk (Grade 4)

This gentle introduction to the area is centred on the valley of the river Ancora itself. We walk through lush green fields still farmed in the classic Minho style. Charming villages dot the valley. At the centre of the walk is the river Ancora with its many old crossing points and its sparkling crystal clear waters. 

  • Distance: 8.7 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 80/180m

Dem-Orbacém (Grade 4) 

Today we move onto the lower slopes of the Serra d'Agra and walk through villages strung along a spring line. The rough slopes of the Serra d'Agra are above us but our meandering route takes us through the fields and villages that form the lower slopes. After a picnic lunch, we descend again into the valley of the river Ancora where the river again accompanies us as it cascades down through rock pools, passes under ancient bridges and gently winds its way through fields.

  • Distance: 7.45 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 220/270m

Serra d'Agra (Grade 4) 

Today we go into the mountains. After driving as high as we can we walk up the final section of the northern slopes of the Serra d'Agra before walking across the high level plateau that forms the summit to Porta do Lobo, the "Gate of the wolf". Here we feel on top of the world looking down into the valley of the river Lima and across to the high mountains of the Gerês and Peneda ranges beyond. From here an ancient stone trail gently winds down the hillside and our walk continues through the iconic Agra villages. After an easy but dramatic walk we may relax in the very traditional Taberna do Horacio before returning to Vila Praia de Ancora. 

  • Distance: 6.4 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 300m

A day in Galicia (Grade 4) 

We ferry across the estuary of the river Minho and walk up the dramatic hillside of Santa Tecla, where every stone seems to ooze with Celtic history. The spectacular views from the top of the hillside are made even more interesting by the simple sanctuary at the summit and the remarkable remains of the Celtic settlement. Although this is not a demanding day anyone who does not want to walk to the top can have an easy low level wander through the charming village of Camposancos and enjoy a stroll along the estuary. 

  • Distance: 11.18 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 280/600m

S. João-Montaria-Gondar (Grade 6)

Our walk begins at the ancient monastery of S Joao de Agra and follows a route over the open rocky mountains with the rough slopes of the Serra d'Agra all around. From the village of S Lourenço de Montaria we follow the lower slopes of the Serra D'Agra as we walk through farming villages along the spring line. We complete the walk by descending into the lush valley where fields & vineyards surround the village of Gondar.

  • Distance: 9.94 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: minimalm

VPA - Afife - Carreço – VPA (Grade 6)

Our walk begins in Vila Praia d’Ancora and follows the Caminho de Santiago southwards to Carreço taking in traditional little villages and meandering through verdant woodland before reaching the coast and returning northwards along a magnificent coastline and lovely beaches.

  • Distance: 10.25 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 400m

Serra de Santa Luzia (Grade 6)

Our walk starts Carreço then climbs 400m to the top of Serra de Santa Luzia. It goes across the hills before descending gradually to village of S Mamede. It then follows the waymarked route “Trilho dos Canos de Àgua”, an ancient water supply system in granite “pipes” into S Luzia sanctuary before descending into Viana do Castelo via the longest funicular in Portugal.

  • Distance: 10.25 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 220/270m

Serra d'Agra-Sra do Minho-S. Aginha (Grade 6)

Today we go into the mountains. After driving as high as we can we walk up the final section of the northern slopes of the Serra d'Agra before walking across the high-level plateau to the viewpoint of S. do Minho on the southern edge. Here we feel on top of the world looking down into the valley of the River Lima and across to the high mountains of the Gerês and Peneda ranges beyond. From here an ancient stone trail goes through Porta do Lobo, the "Gate of the wolf" before winding down the hillside and our walk continues through the iconic Agra villages to finish at Taberna do Horacio. Most may choose to finish here but others may continue to a further village for a real full day's walking.

  • Distance: 9.63 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 300m

A Day in Galicia (Grade 6)

Santa Tecla where every stone seems to ooze with Celtic history. We ferry across the estuary of the river Minho and walk up the dramatic hillside of Santa Tecla. The spectacular views from the top of the hillside are made even more interesting by the simple sanctuary at the summit and the remarkable remains of the Celtic settlement. We then descend on the Via Sacra to the port town of A Guardia before following a coastal walk, initially on the rocky Atlantic coast and then along the estuary of the river Minho.

Free Day

It is possible to organise a visit to Valença & Tuy, the two twin cities gazing at each other across the beautiful River Minho. We visit the fortified old town of Valença with its myriad shops, restaurants and lovely old buildings before walking across the river Minho on the Eiffel bridge and into Galicia. We walk up to the Tuy Cathedral before sightseeing in the lovely old town.

Day 8: Final Day

Transfer by road to Oporto Airport for return flight to the UK

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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