Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.
Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.
The terrain is hilly and often rough underfoot, with steep sections on many paths. Some days will be energetic, others more relaxing, as we ramble through unspoilt scenery and quiet villages.
On most days we will cover a distance of around 7-9 miles on foot, ascents will vary between 300 to 500m. Descents will vary from 100m to 500m.
Below is a probable itinerary for the week dependant on local conditions, weather etc.
Arrival to Porto
Fly into Porto & transfer by road to Castro Laboreiro (approximately two hours from Porto Airport).
If time allows we suggest a familiarisation walk around the village.
Castro Laboreiro Castle and Penedos de Castro Laboreiro
A short walk to the remains of the castle above the village of Castro Laboreiro. The castle dates back to the founding of Portugal and is accessed by a circular route from the village. An ideal morning walk before an elevenses stop in the village cafés.
After that, we’ll take a walk into and amongst the dramatic rock outcrops to the west of the village of Castro Laboreiro. Initially following narrow mountain trails up into the hills, then returning on easier paths and tracks.
Based partly on a local waymarked route this walk explores the valley below Castro Laboreiro and visits many of the tiny villages in the area letting us see some traditional farming and the way of life of the area.
Alto de Gontim
A contrast to our other walks in the area, this walk goes along pleasant easy tracks and through villages and explores the moorland area to the east of Castro Laboreiro. As the walk climbs to the border with Spain it gives extensive views over the whole region.
Castro Laboreiro to Peneda
This walk links our two centres.
We head east on an ancient trail over the mountains and descend to the area of Lamas do Mouro where we have a mid-morning break and visit one of the main information centres for the National Park.
After walking up to the head of the Peneda Valley we then follow the old route as it descends alongside the River Peneda to our next hotel at one of Portugal´s iconic pilgrimage centres with its remarkable sanctuary and grand staircase.
Meadinha and Bouça dos Homens
This walk passes through some of the most dramatic granite scenery in these mountains and visits the isolated village of Bouça dos Homens where the local populations still spend their summer months before retreating to the valleys in the winter along with their animals.
Valley of Rio da Peneda
A walk descending the valley below Peneda. We begin by going down the dramatic staircase of the Sanctuary and then continue on the ancient trail that leads down the valley.
As we descend into the lower, warmer, valley we see lush vegetation and fascinating villages where the milder climate enables a more varied agriculture.
Much of our walk again accompanies the local rivers as they cascade down the valley and we visit the confluence of the rivers Peneda and Pomba.
Transport by road to Porto airport