Based in the beautiful Costa Verde, famous for its mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and “Vinho verde”, this is a captivating and unforgettable destination. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.
We stay in the coastal town of Praia de Ancora 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 sanctury and its celtic settlements. Other walks will take us into the mountains of the Serra d’Agra using old tracks which 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. 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.
There will also be time to relax on the beaches and maybe take a dip in the sea before enjoying the sunset and local cuisine.
We fly from London Gatwick to Oporto. On arrival transfer by coach to Hotel Meira in 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 each evening at local restaurants.
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. Please refer to the Walks & Excursions section for details on the walking programme.
Transfer by road to Oporto Airport for return flight to London Gatwick
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Located just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the charming Priaia das Criancas beach and five minutes from the town centre, the modern, yet cosy Hotel Meira provides a relaxing base for our holiday. Its excellent facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, restaurant, bar and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. All of the recently refurbished rooms feature air conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, safes, and satellite TV. Breakfasts and dinners are included, and are taken at the Hotels own Dona Belinha restaurant, which serves the best in traditional Portuguese cuisine, as well as a buffet breakfast with a large range of choice.
Triglav is the Slovenia’s highest mountain, featuring three peaks with the highest one reaching 2864 meters. According to one of the legends, there was a magical Goldenhorn inhabiting the Triglav Mountains. The horns of the mysterious creature were made of gold and would make anyone who caught Goldenhorn forever rich. The Goldenhorn was never caught due to its artfulness in escaping from the chasers, even when injured. The magic power of Goldenhorn was hidden in a divine flower protecting him from deathly wounds. The flower was growing in the crevices of Triglav and boasted unfathomable beauty.