Last but not least of this diversified selection, we now invite you to “go wild”! Cross mainland Portugal discovering hidden and magical natural sites, multi-millennial pre- and historical places and castles, timeless rustic villages, and traditional ways of living of pleasant and welcoming people.
This is an 8-day holiday in search for the paths of Nature and the stories left behind by a “puzzle” of northern settlers, until the invasion of Moorish tribes, most of them following the steps of the Roman trade routes. Each season will enhance different regions in a particular way, allowing us to offer diverse combinations of some of Portugal’s richest and most contrasting habitats. Come live Nature!
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Minimum Travellers: 4
Recommended Months: April – June ; September – November
Arrival in Fundão. Welcome briefing and distribution of the Road-Books and equipment. Check-in at the
hotel. Dinner at a suggested location (not incl.)
Route of the Zêzere Glacier Valley (11 km). Typical lunch in Manteigas and visitation to a Burel factory. The immense valleys of Serra da Estrela comprise not only a singular scenic beauty but also reveal the best symbiosis between Man and Nature in a privileged setting. Transfer back to hotel. Rest of the day free.
Hike at the central plateau of Serra da Estrela. An inhospitable setting, marked by an altitude landscape and vegetation, where the alpine juniper, the granites shaped by the erosive action of snow, water and ice, and the lagoons of glacial origin stand out. Typical Lunch and visit to the Historic Center of Covilhã and Wool Museum. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of day free.
Riverside trail that follows the winding Zêzere River along 12 km of the “Great Zêzere Route” passing by schist villages and corners with river beaches, in an environment marked by dense pine and rurality. Lunch in the schist village of Janeiro de Cima and visitation of a workshop where artisan carpets are woven on old looms and a dip in the beautiful river beach end the day. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of day free.
From Idanha-a-Nova we travel 12 km on the “Transeuropean Pedestrian Trail” that connects Lisbon to the Romanian city of Constanza on the shores of the Black Sea. We will pass millennial sanctuaries, through the Roman city of Egitânia and ascend to the historic village of Monsanto. We then head to the quartzite cliffs of the Appalachian peninsula of Penha Garcia, on the way to the Monfortinho SPA, where we can relax. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of day free.
Visit the historical center of Belmonte and enter the “Great Historical Villages Route”, along 18 km of trails and rural paths. Climb through Canadas, Roman, and medieval sidewalks, to the west gate of the Castle of the historical village of Sortelha, next to the old hospital. Typical Lunch in Sortelha and visit to a sheep farm where local experiences close the day. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of day free.
From the Templar village of Castelo Novo, ascend the Serra da Gardunha through shepherds’ paths and mysteries … We then descend to Alpedrinha, through an important Roman road, and appreciate the historical heritage of this ancient village, before the usual typical lunch to refresh from the 12 km traveled. If it is the cherry season, we will participate in the harvesting in a traditional farm and taste the various products made of cherries. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of day free.
Return day. We got a little idea of the richness of the natural and cultural diversity of the interior of Portugal. Come in another season to guide you to new and interesting discoveries!
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