Hiker in the middle of green vineyards of the Douro-valley
Juicy grapes while walking in the Douro-valley
Well maintained walking paths along the Douro river

Charming Douro-Valley

Cultural and culinary enjoyments in the valley of Enchantment.

On your arrival in Pinhão, you can already feel the charm of the Douro-Valley with every footstep. Known as the “Valley of enchantment”, the green hills and valleys of this unique world heritage scenery await you. Hiking on unspoiled trails, the blue shimmering Douro river always in sight, you reach one charming village after the other, many of them with their own local wineries that offer a broad variety of award-winning of different types of wine to taste and enjoy. Culture lovers discover the rich history of this ancient region in the numerous museums, like the bread and wine museum in the village of Favaios. Friendly locals are happy to show you their traditions, most of the time connected with the famous wine production, which is the heartbeat of the Douro-valley all year long. A special highlight of your journey are the overnight stays at very charming and comfortable country chalets (Quintas), which welcome you to relax and restore your spirits at the outdoor swimming pool with views down to the green vineyards of the valley. At the end of your hiking week you will be enchanted by the magic of this blessed region.

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Weinbaugebiet im Douro Tal

Itinerary

After your arrival in Pinhão, take a stroll around the vineyards, sample their wines or take a boat trip along the river. In the evening, take the chance to enjoy tasty local dishes in the splendid restaurants of this charming village.

Hotel (example): Quinta de la Rosa

Today you explore the western slopes of the Pinhão-valley, as you climb to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provosende. The views of the surrounding vineyards will more than compensate your efforts. End the day with a warm welcome and a home-cooked meal at Casa de Vilarinho de São Romão, where a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or a nap in the comfortable guest lounge await you.

Hotel (example): Casa de Vilarinho de São Romão

approx. 3 to 4 hours
11 km
690 m
260 m

With Vilarinho de São Romão as your base, today’s circular route winds down to the Pinhão River via a couple of small villages and wine estates and along the opposite hillsides, through the vineyards, with varied landscapes and splendid views throughout. Relax at a riverside picnic spot before making your way uphill to the village of Celeirós, where you can stop to taste the wines at Quinta do Portal before returning to your delightful accommodation.

Hotel (example): Casa de Vilarinho de São Romão

approx. 4 to 5 hours
14 km
660 m
660 m

Enjoy views across the valley on your way towards the pretty village of Sabrosa. Follow an ancient road between here and Favaios, as you head down through the vineyard terraces to the river. Wend your way uphill again between grape vines and olive groves towards a distinctly different landscape. Taste traditional wood oven-baked bread and moscatel wine in Favaios, then continue to the small, historical town of Alijó.

Hotel (example): Pousada do Barão de Forrester

approx. 5 to 6 hours
16 km
690 m
630 m

Today’s walk is a circular route from Alijó that undulates through an ever-changing patchwork of vineyards and fields towards the ancient village of São Mamede da Ribatua, with spectacular views of the surrounding rock-strewn mountains. Return to Alijó in the shade of the pine forests.

Hotel (example): Pousada do Barão de Forrester

approx. 4 to 5 hours
15 km
490 m
490 m

Spend the day walking through vineyards, perhaps calling in at a wine estate or two for a tour and tasting session before reaching the ridge at the top of the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley. Look back at the terraced slopes opposite to identify the villages you passed by earlier in the week. You’ll have magnificent views of the Douro river, before reaching the last village of the day. Once there, take the chance to visit the nearby olive oil museum.

Hotel (example): Casa de Casal de Loivos

approx. 4 to 5 hours
14 km
270 m
450 m

Today’s rather short but stunning walk down to Pinhão leaves you with time for a final winery tour and tasting session overlooking the Douro River. Enjoy lunch in the village or a picnic in the vineyards, before taking the train back to Porto for a night in the heart of the city. Take your time to explore the city’s historical monuments, but also revitalised areas such as Rua das Flores and the riverside Ribeira district. If you have some time left, cross the river and visit at least one of the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia to see and smell where the barrels of aging wine are stored – and raise your glass to an unforgettable hiking journey!

Hotel (example): Hotel Teatro

approx. 2 to 3 hours
6 km
140 m
470 m

Tour character

You are hiking on solid, unpaved trails. For walking times up to max. 6 hours and the sometimes a little bit longer ascents and descents, a good basic fitness level is enough to feel comfortable.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Oct 16, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
daily
Season 2
Jun 1, 2019 - Oct 15, 2019
daily
Charming Douro-Valley, PO-DOWPP-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
989,00
330,00
1089,00
390,00

Category: beautiful and comfortable country hotels and chalets (Quintas), mostly with swimming pool, 4****-hotel in Porto

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • 3x evening meal (2 x Vilarinho de São Romão, 1 x Casal de Loivos)
  • 5x walking snack (day 2 – 6)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer airport Porto – station Porto

 

  • Transfer hotel Porto – airport Porto
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available (GPS-device on spot included)
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Departure:

  • Airport Porto and organized transfer to the station Porto-Campanhã. You continue by train (www.cp.pt) to Pinhão, duration approx. 2,5 hours. Return transfer from your hotel in Porto to the airport at the end of your trip, transfer included in the tour package.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Train journey Porto – Pinhão (day 1) and Pinhão – Porto (day 7), approx. EUR 22 per person
  • You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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