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Porto: the Magic Villages Tour

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7 hours
Availability : Jan - Dec
Max People : 4

Highlights

  • The rural way-of-life
  • Well-preserved villages
  • Amazing landscapes
  • Excellent wines and gastronomy
  • Pay only for what you enjoy
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tour Details

A guided tour to the well-preserved villages around Porto, where schist and slate keep the still vivid memories of a way of life linked to agriculture, religiosity, tradition and folklore.

Simple life, nature, the transparency and authenticity of its people, so close to urban world and yet so genuinely rural. They are enormous contrasts over short distances, different ways of feeling the world and living life.

Meeting time and points

Pick-up and drop-off points will be your hotel/accommodation, or any other previously agreed location within the city area. In general, pick-up time is between 8am and 9am. The exact time to be concerted.

Departure Time

8am to 9am

Duration

Maximum duration will be 7 hours. The Driver/Guide will advise about how much time to spend in each location, but he will not be responsible for queues to enter the attractions or traffic jams that may happen along the course.

Included

  • Transport of a maximum 4 persons by a scenic (large windows) 7 seats vehicle, complying with Clean & Safe measures;
  • A Driver/Guide certified by Turismo de Portugal assuring a professional, discreet and confidential ambience;
  • Wi-Fi, bottled water, and professional attention;
  • Commented trip by our Driver/Guide in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese;
  • Personal accident and liability insurance.

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Tickets and admittance to venues and attractions;
  • Guided visit to interior of some of the monuments, as they have their own guides and don’t allow external guides. You may visit at your own initiative - the Driver/Guide may help you to book
  • Eventual gratuities (not included), are left to client's will and kindness.

Notes

  • Safety seat for children under 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches (144 cm) tall are available on request when booking

Equipment and garments

  • No special equipment or garments are required. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Sunscreen and hat, or a raincoat and umbrella are recommended, according to the season and weather conditions. Bring your swimsuit and sneakers!
Itinerary

Description & Itinerary

Pay only for what you enjoy!

Our guided tours aim to be a unique and personal experience, supported on our expertise: we suggest an itinerary, one or two restaurants to lunch, and the most iconic monuments and attractions to visit. But, we want you to feel free to choose your favourite restaurant, your preferred monuments or attractions! We will adapt the itinerary, whenever possible, to meet your wishes.

That is why our price does not include lunch, or the tickets to visit monuments and attractions.

  • North bank of Douro: This tour starts going down till the riverside and along the north bank up the riverside till Casa Branca do Gramido. Imposing, on the Valbom waterfront, in Gondomar, is the building where it was signed, in 1847, the Gramido Convention, a document that ended wars between liberals and absolutists and the popular uprisings that became known as Maria da Fonte and Patuleia. That was the event that put the White House in our country’s history.
  • Areja Village and Lomba Beach: Areja is a village in the south bank of Douro, where the houses climb elegantly the steep from pier. Erstwhile a busy place, this small quay was used for trade and the transportation of merchants.Today, it  docks leisure boats, and one or the other fishing boat. Close by , we may swim at Lomba beach: an extensive sandy beach and calm water it has a bathing support area consisting of a car park, WC, First Aid station and Bar.
  • Ilha dos Amores: It is a piece of land where peace reigns, so close and so far from the busy world. Legend has it that a farmer and a noblewoman from the region lived a love story that ended tragically.
  • Cabroelo Village: A charmng village belonging to the network of Preserved Villages. Visit to Museu da Broa a museum dedicated to one of the most typical local food – the corn bread. The museum is a complex composed of several mills located before reaching the village.
  • Figueira Village: being part of the Romanesque Route, Figueira is a concentrated settlement with good-quality vernacular buildings, from which we highlight the Pisão house and the watermills, served by the water of the brooks Pisão or Figueira.
  • Quintandona Village: Visiting this Preserved Village in the Romanesque Route, with its very narrow streets means going back to old stories and experiences that are still preserved in time. With friendly and dynamic people, Quintandona presents itself today as a centre of culture and attractiveness, as demonstrated by the opening of the Cultural Centre – Casa do Xiné.
  • Castromil Village: the village is surrounded by a natural and agricultural atmosphere. Its well-cut granite buildings have rural architectural features. Here we have the opportunity to visit the gold mines, an extensive heritage associated with mining activities that began in the Roman period. Your visit should be booked in advance.
  • Viewpoint Senhora do Salto (Our Lady of Jump): the place is wrapped in a legend, in which a knight survived to death by invoking the protection of the Lady after an inadvertent jump in the abyss, a “Boca do Inferno”(Hell’s Mouth).

The place provides moments of tranquillity, freshness and its cliffs allow the practice of rappelling, climbing, mountain biking or hiking.

  • Couce village: on the right bank of Ferreira River, there appears Couce, a small rural village of remote origins with marked rural experiences, whose lifestyle comes from the close relationship with the land and the local natural resources. Recently classified as Aldeia de Portugal, visiting Aldeia de Couce allows us to go back in time.
  • In this secular place we may find a cultural heritage that joins the natural through walls, levadas, sidewalks, pontoons, granaries, fojos, mills, megalithic remains, identifying a little the different civilizations that passed through here like the Celtics and the Romans.
  • Viewpoint of Santa Justa: Close to the chapels of Santa Justa and St. Sabino framed by a leisure area, there is a panoramic view of the cities of Valongo and Porto, as well as the surroundings. From here you can see the Douro River and the Atlantic.
  • Return to Porto.

Notes: This attractions list is not mandatory nor exhaustive and it may be adjusted to your expectations. Besides, the itinerary may differ due to weather conditions, the time spent in each location and the guide’s discretion.

Difficulty level and accessibility: Easy - For All

This tour is classified as Easy. May comprise some short walking routes, yet accessible for those with limited mobility;

Most of the places are accessible on a wheelchair. This ride is possible with collapsible wheelchairs, however, the passenger may need someone’s assistance.

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