Unknown Porto: A Walking Experience

Small Group Sightseeing

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Grade: Moderate (4/8)

Unknown Porto: a walking experience is a walking & sightseeing tour, based in Porto.

Porto, situated on the Douro River, is the capital of the north and the second largest city in Portugal. It is now a World Heritage Site and has been the centre of the Port wine trade for years.

From here we invite you to come with us and explore the unknown coast south of Porto and the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax
  • The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
  • Dedicated driver and tour leader to make sure everything runs smoothly

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

Unknown Porto: a walking experience is a walking & sightseeing tour, based in Porto.

Porto, situated on the Douro River, is the capital of the north and the second largest city in Portugal. It is now a World Heritage Site and has been the centre of the Port wine trade for years.

Rabelo boats in Douro River

Rabelo boats in Douro River

This is an intriguing city where historic buildings and magnificent churches rub shoulders with picturesque old quarters. From our centrally located hotel, we’ll have the time to explore Porto and the surrounding areas on foot, which is always the best way to fully appreciate the city and the nearby countryside!

From here we invite you to come with us and explore the unknown coast south of Porto and the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic.

Póvoa de Varzim – historically a fishing port and ship-building centre during the Age of Discoveries – is a popular ocean resort with 12km of stunning beaches. People have been coming here to bathe in the iodine-rich waters (from the local seaweed) since the late 19th century.

Vila do Conde is a lovely seaside town located at the mouth of the River Ave famous for its traditional boat building and lace making. The traditional old town retains its small fishing port and there are a number of historic buildings to enjoy, including the Convento de Santa Clara, once known for its doces conventuais – delicious sweets that can now be bought in cafes around town.

Porto

Porto

Walking the coast south of Porto along boardwalks and promenades will get us the chance of acquainting with small, unknown and surprising places like the traditional fishing village of Afurada. From here, we then follow the imaginatively created walkway along the south bank of the river Douro back to the centre of Porto.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrive at Porto airport, transfer to hotel. If time allows an introductory walk will be offered.

Porto Viewpoint over the Douro

Porto Viewpoint over the Douro

Day 2 – Porto walk

A day designed to take in and fully experience some of Porto´s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Praça da Ribeira and the Port Lodges.
The day was designed to include free time to explore the town and visit the Gaia Market, now converted into an untraditional food experience!

Boardwalk in Porto

Boardwalk in Porto

Day 3 – Afurada walk

The walk follows the coast south of Porto, along boardwalks and promenades giving access to the beautiful west coast and its sandy beaches.
The fishing village of Afurada, with many cafés and restaurants, is worth exploring and makes a great lunch time stop.
From here, we follow the imaginatively created walkway along the south bank of the river back to the centre of Porto.

Douro river Porto

Douro river Porto

Day 4 – Matosinhos walk

A walk along the north bank of the river starting at the fishing port of Matosinhos, renowned for its superb fish restaurants.
Our walk follows promenades and boardwalks down the Atlantic coast to Foz do Douro where the river meets the sea.

Matosinhos

Matosinhos

Day 5 – Day off

This is an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the attractions of Porto. From its monuments to its bustling life, there’s much to do!

Gaia by The River Douro

Gaia by The River Douro

Day 6 – Castelo do Queijo Walk

A lovely walk taking in some beautiful parks and gardens, along leafy quiet lanes. This tailored walk bring you to the city park, away from the main avenues.
We walk into the narrow, picturesque and quaint streets, where the locals gather and sit outside to catch up on the conversation during the sunny afternoons!

Castelo do Queijo Porto

Castelo do Queijo Porto

Day 7 – Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim Coast Walk

A great coastal walk visiting two charming seaside towns, Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim.
Once a traditional fishing village, Vila do Conde is nowadays an important centre for industrial production, fishing and tourism. It harbors the first protected area ever created in Portugal in 1957 – the Mondelo Ornithological Reserve. Today, this reserve is part of the Regional Protected area of the coast of Vila do Conde.
Póvoa de Varzim, became famous in the late 19th century for its iodine-rich waters. But that doesn’t sum up what this town has to offer, nor its white sandy beaches, its traditional old quarters and exquisite buildings. It holds one of the most unique sets of symbols associated with the fishing tradition – the Siglas Poveiras. These symbols were created by the local fisherman as their own family coat of arms and identified their boats and fishing apparatus.

Walk Matosinhos - Castelo do Queijo

Walk Matosinhos – Castelo do Queijo

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer to the airport.

 

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax
  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 7 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel in Porto on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Walks and Activities

  • Walks according to program

Exclusions

Any services not listed as included

  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments

Insurance

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