Overview of the Alto Minho Adventure
This self-guided walking and cycling tour will have you exploring the highlights of both the coastal and inland regions of the Minho region in Portugal. Very few visitors get to fully appreciate this beautiful green landscape and the deeply ingrained and fascinating culture of the region.
The Alto Minho tour begins and ends in the fascinating coastal city of Viana do Castelo. Be sure to arrive in time to roam its medieval town center and make the journey to the hilltop basilica and Celtic settlement of Santa Luzia.
You will begin this adventure by cycling inland along the riverside bike path that connects Viana with Ponte de Lima, Portugal's oldest village. From this point, you will walk in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims in the direction of the holy city of Santiago de Compostela as you walk part of the ancient Camino Português. On this section of your adventure, you will see plenty of shrines, chapels, ancient bridges and carved stone crosses.
Once you reach the northern border of Portugal at the fortress town of Valença do Minho, it’s time to head west. Follow the River Minho towards the coast. Once on the coast you will enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the wild Atlantic ocean and white sandy beaches. You will walk through small fishing towns as you make your way south along the Atlantic coast. Of course, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste crisp local wines and the freshest grilled fish and seafood throughout your journey.