Surroundings

  • Natural Park ´the Alvao´

    Text provided by the Portuguese Tourist Office In this natural park, which essentially occupies the western slope of the Alvao Mountain, the geology is the major conditioning factor in the natural land-scape. In all the upper zone, which includes Lamas de Olo and Arnal, the profusion of large granite blocks makes the landscape harsh and angular.+ ……..

  • Kayaking

      Basto region is known by all kayakers as a winter whitewater paradise of Portugal. In summer with lowering water levels this wild river becomes accessible to inexperienced kayakers as well. We invite you to discover the calm waters of river Tamega by kayak.+ ……..

  • Take a hike

        Hidden between the Minho and Trás-os-Montes,  the Serra Cabreira and her beautiful nature awaits you. The Serra is considered the gateway to hard honest mountain life and (postcard like) authentic Portugal. During the walks you will get to see a bit of everything : Unspoilt countryside with magnificent panoramic views,  impressive gorges ,  labored farmland,  centuries´worth work in stone piled borders and lots of flaura and fauna.+ ……..

  • Citânia de Briteiros

    Citania de Briteiros is an archaeological site between Guimaraes and Braga containing the ruins of an ancient celtic settlement. In fact, dating back to the second century BC, Citania de Briteiros was home to a people known as part of the castro culture, named as such because the high areas on which they settled where known as “castros”.+ ……..

  • Outdoor adventure

    We have tried to find the best outdoor parcs & guides around and listed them here. Detailed information on the activity can be found in  Outdoor activities. 1. Canyoning, gorgewalking or kayakking with Vertical Dream 2. Climb wall, mini-slide en outdoor Cabeceiras 3. Penaaventura adventure park in Ribeira de Pena 4. Parapenting in Mondim de Basto 5. Mountainbiking 6. Paardrijden 7. GPS hiking & geocaching 8.+ ……..

  • Canyoning

    Canyoning

    Canyoning is a journey through the riverbed with the use of various techniques including hiking, climbing, jumping, sliding (down natural tobogans), abseiling and swimming. Canyoning usually takes place in remote locations. The ideal rivers for practicing canyoning are those whose bedrock has a strong pendant, carved by crystal clear waters in a narrow canyon full of jumps.   .+ ……..

  • Porto

        The Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: its river, the Douro, an evermore popular choice for river cruises, and its port. But the historic hillside city itself should not be overlooked. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its maze of steep and narrow cobbled streets is home to beautiful plazas, churches and houses with colourfully tiled façades.+ ……..

  • Barcelos

    Noisy, chaotic and rich with colour and life, the weekly Thursday market in Barcelos attracts people from the Minho region to buy and sell all manner of things. You’ll find cheap clothes and shoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of ceramics, lampshades, kitchenware, traditional tools and farming equipment as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.+ ……..

  • Guimaraes

    It is one of the most important historical cities in the country. Also know as “cidade berço”, Guimarães stands as the birthplace of Portuguese identity and nationality. The city’s cultural heritage is indisputable and several places are recognized as world heritage sites by the UNESCO Guimaraes is a beautiful city with its own traditional history, large number of unique monuments and architectural sights.+ ……..

  • Braga

    Braga is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, with a number of impressive Baroque monuments, including one of the country’s best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Today it is a modern city with a young population, bustling with commerce and industry surrounding a lively and attractive old center with a number of pedestrian streets.+ ……..