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A Meander through the Minho

Verdant northern Portugal
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • gentle walking in the home of vinho verde
  • discover Portugal’s oldest town
  • visit Ponte de Lima’s garden festival (late May to late October)
  • stay at the family estate of the Count of Calheiros


The Minho is considered by many Portuguese to be the most beautiful part of their country, and, along with traditional manor houses, green is what it does best.

Standing high above the palatial Paço de Calheiros, wild horses at our backs, we gaze across the River Lima and its green and pleasant valley.
Andy Montgomery, BuzzTrips

As well as being home to the lightly sparkling vinho verde  (‘green – or more accurately ‘young’ – wine), this region is where you will find the verdant Lima Valley. Here, nestling immediately below Spain’s north-westernmost corner, are fertile meadows adorned by vineyards, chestnut orchards and swaggering ears of corn; ancient towns and villages (some of the oldest in Portugal) with their cobbled streets and elegant stone façades; and the Caminho de Santiago, meandering northwards towards Spain. As you walk and explore, you might cross paths with the occasional pilgrim, and will be welcomed by generous hosts whose charming guesthouses and elegant manor houses make truly exceptional places to stay.

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