Activity Level: Intermediate (You exercise regularly)
Daily average: distance 10-15 km/ 6-9 mi
Average time: 4-6h
Total distance: 88.1 km/ 54,7 mi
Total climbing: 3837 m/ 12589 ft
Maximum day climb: 800 m/ 2625 ft
Day 5: The Sanctuary Trail (16 km/ 9.9 mi)
Today’s hike will take us through fields surrounding Santa Isabel do Monte, in Terras de Bouro area. The views of the Gerês valley and the Caniçada dam are magnificent. We will pass by a granite formation called the “castle”, a point once used by local people to look out for Spanish invaders. We will also visit the Abadia Sanctuary, the oldest sanctuary in Portugal, built in 1148 to protect the abbeys against the Moorish invasions.
Day 7: Fojo do Lobo Trail (8.1 km/ 5 mi | short version 4 km/ 2.5 mi)
Another day of hiking in the Peneda mountain range in close contact with the shepherd’s way of living. We will start walking from the tiny village of Rouças and climb all the way to the village of Branda de Gorbelas. At the top we will find another land once used by shepherds and their animals. Here you can see some interesting small huts that were built to protect shepherds and animals against the cold and the wolves.
Our final destination, before walking back down to where we started, is Fojo do Lobo.
Guided price: 1530€
Participants: Minimum 5, maximum 16
includes: 7 accommodations, 6 dinners, 1 picnic, daily snacks, 2 guides, van support, transfers, maps and documentation, GPS track, insurance, A2Z t-shirt and water bottle and VAT taxes.
Single supplement: 250€
Extra hotel night in Porto: 120€