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Discover the lush scenery in the northern province of Minho on this small-group guided full-day tour from Porto. This tour offers a local guide who will take you from serene countrysides to explore historical towns. Uncover the rustic appeal of Ponte de Lima, Barcelos and Viana do Castelo. Try delectable bites for lunch at a Portuguese eatery and admire traditional costumes at a clothing museum. Numbers on this small-group tour are restricted to eight people for a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Minho from Porto
  • Be captivated by views of verdant green valleys, forested hills and the wild Atlantic waves
  • Explore the charming towns of Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo
  • View local landmarks including the Basilica of Santa Luzia
  • Sample a selection of traditional dishes at a local restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Minho Day Trip from Porto Including Lunch

Admire the Basilica de Santa Luzia in Viana Do Castelo

In the morning, meet your guide at your central Porto hotel and set-off on a full-day small-group tour of the Minho Region. Aboard your air-conditioned minivan, head north up the coast and enjoy views of blooming landscapes that carpet the hillsides. During the drive, learn about the rich culture and heritage of this region that boasts three agriculturally friendly rivers the Douro, Lima and Minho.

Arrive in the medieval town of Barcelos, known for creating Portugal’s national symbol - the rooster. Head to the outdoor archaeological museum and hear more rooster lure such as the pilgrim who was unlawfully blamed for a crime only to be amazingly saved by a lifeless rooster! In the museum, see the popular 16th-century cross that exemplifies this fantastic myth. Then, check out the Barcelos historical center.

Leave Barcelos and cruise to Ponte de Lima to spend time strolling the streets of this rustic village. Wander along and admire charming architecture highlighted by the Lima River like the elegant stone arch bridge. Next, take a break at a traditional Portuguese eatery and taste regional cuisine like Arroz de Sarrabulho (stewed pork meat with rice and blood) along with a glass of regional wine.

After filling your belly, continue to the coastal retreat town known as Viana do Castelo. Pass through town and drive to the top of Basilica of Santa Luzia. Here, gaze over the Atlantic coast and notice the green hillsides that surrounds the town beneath you.

Finally, visit the Costume Museum in town and enjoy learning about exhibits that focus on Portuguese heritage and fashionable attire. Before your tour returns to Lisbon, savor a mouthwatering princesinha do lima (a local egg and sugar treat).

As the sun begins to set, voyage back to your hotel where your tour ends.

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