Discover Portugal's beautiful lush interior and National Parks with this self-drive between some of the finest pousadas – a series of state-owned, characterful hotels that were once monasteries, fortresses, castles and other evocative buildings. Flying into Porto, you'll head north to Viana do Castelo for fabulous ocean views before heading to Ponte de Lima and into the stunning Geres National Park. Enjoy lazy countryside strolls before driving on to Guimarães, an historical gem and World Heritage site known as 'birthplace of Portugal'; You'll then head to Amares in the Vinho Verde wine region, stopping for a night in a converted 12th-century monastery, before ending in Viana do Castelo for spa treatments, swimming pool dips and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views.
Day 1: UK/Porto/Viana do Castelo
Flying into Porto, you'll head north, up the coast to Viana do Castelo's medieval quarters and pretty beaches, rich in palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, churches, monasteries, and water features that constitute a wealth of heritage. The Praca de Republica in the heart of the city is where you find the 16th century Misericordia building and fountain. The Pousada Viana do Castelo offers one of the most famous views in Portugal set high on Mount Santa Luzia with spectacular panoramas over the old sailing port and the Atlantic coast with its long sweep of sandy beaches.
Stay: Pousada Viana do Castelo
Days 2-3: Geres
Today head north to Ponte de Lima and into the stunning Geres National Park, the only national park in Portugal. Rivers and streams flow through the Peneda, Soajo Amarela and Geres mountain ranges. You might sometimes manage to spot a roebuck or its predator, the Iberian wolf, more common are the small wild horses that run free in the mountains. The Pousada at Geres is a spectacular mountain chalet sitting high in the mountains offering a spectacular backdrop with plenty of valleys, rivers and hills, where you can relax and take in wonderful views from the terrace. You will spend two nights here and enjoy walking and exploring the countryside.
Stay: Pousada Geres-Caricada
Day 4: Guimaraes
Today leave the mountains and head on over to Guimarães, one of Portugal's historical gems commonly known as 'birthplace of Portugal' and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can enjoy exploring its charming cobbled squares. Tonight's accommodation is the Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes, a 12th-century Augustinian monastery with fantastic views of the city.
Stay: Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes
Days 5-6: Amares
Amares is the next stop on this route, and with two nights here you'll have time to make the most of both the beautiful surroundings and nearby historic villages such as Braga, located only 16km away and overlooked by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. You'll be based at the Pousada Amares, a stunning 12th century Cistercian monastery in the Vinho Verde wine region where panoramic mountain views are best taken in with a glass or two of the excellent local wine.
Stay: Pousada Amares
Day 7: Viana do Castelo
Today head away from Amares and back to the coast to enjoy your final night in Portugal. And you'll sign off in style with a stay at the Pousada Viana do Castelo, which boasts sweeping views across the mountain-framed Lima River, the Templo de Santa Luzia and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Spend the day exploring at leisure, or simply relax with a treatment at the spa and a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool.
Stay: Pousada Viana do Castelo
Day 8: Viana do Castelo/Porto/UK
Head south down the coast to Porto, giving you a chance to explore Porto’s wine lodges and historic tumble on your way home. Return your car and fly home.
Valid : 01 May 2018 - 30 Oct 2019 (excluding July / August / September 2018 & 2019)
Green Portugal Pousada Route
The package can only include the following accommodation subject to availability, however the number of nights can be changed between properties
Viana do Castelo / Gerês / Guimarães / Amares / Viana do Castelo
Low Season : 01 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 & October 2019
High Season : 01 May - 30 Jun 2019
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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