Hidden Portugal

Visiting: Portugal

Tour Operator: Saga Holidays

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Tour Overview

Unexplored treasures await in this far northern corner of Portugal, tucked between the mighty Atlantic and the Minho river that forms the border with Spain. From your base at the charming family-run Hotel Meira, the surrounding region will reveal its secrets.

You’ll step back in time at the Peneda-Gerês National Park, where wolves and boar roam and the traditional way of life lingers in the small granite villages. You’ll explore the fortified historic spa town of Monção, with its castle and palace, along with other historic towns that pepper the Minho valley and the grand city of Oporto. No visit to this region is complete without roaming the largest market in Portugal, full of the local handicrafts and home to the national emblem, the colourful Barcelos Cockerel.

Places You'll See



icon Day 1 UK - Oporto

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

Transfer from the airport to the Hotel Meira (4Q), where you can settle in and relax after your flight in time for dinner. D

icon Day 2 Monção and the Palacio da Brejoeira wine estate

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

This morning an included excursion will set off to the spa town of Monção and the Palacio da Brejoeira wine estate, where you can try its famous wine – Alvarinho, a crisp white wine that is traditionally served with delicious shellfish dishes.

You’ll return through the two unmissable old towns of Paredes de Coura and Vila Nova de Cerveira. In the afternoon, you can join a stroll around Vila Praia de Âncora, returning in time for a craft beer tasting at the hotel before dinner. B, D

icon Day 3 Barcelos market

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

Today’s included excursion heads to the famous Barcelos market. With the market in full swing, you’ll be able to admire the wares of the countless stalls featuring the many crafts of the region, including ornaments of the Barcelos Cockerel, before ambling the narrow lanes with their distinctive granite streetscapes.

During your visit to Barcelos market you’ll visit a vinho verde producer’s stand where you can enjoy a refreshing taster before heading back to your hotel. Later, watch the deft hands of a local macramé maker as they give a presentation of their craft. B, D

icon Day 4 Oporto

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

Set off on a full-day visit to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city on the Douro river.

The city has some quaint old areas, which you can discover during your included morning sightseeing tour. Look out for the fortified 12th-century cathedral and other grand sights, before visiting one of the city’s famous wine cellars which is laden with port. B, D

icon Day 5 At leisure

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

Today is yours to enjoy. Explore the local area independently or perhaps join an optional excursion to the medieval town of Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After dinner tonight, there is an evening devoted to the area’s folklore and traditions. B, D

icon Day 6 Peneda-Gerês National Park

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

The breathtaking and varied scenery of the Peneda-Gerês National Park is today’s highlight.

Rivers and streams flow from the surrounding mountain ranges, forming lakes surrounded by lush forest. The natural landscapes are dotted with traditional villages and rural granaries, which you’ll be able to admire on the way to the national park’s famous municipality, Arcos de Valdevez. B, D

icon Day 7 Caminha

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

Spend the morning exploring the nearby medieval old town of Caminha. This pretty town features a clock tower and examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and it’s bustling cafes and restaurants offer perfect spots to enjoy the atmosphere while you perhaps enjoy a refreshment.

After a little time exploring here, there will be a fascinating talk highlighting the local history and culture. B, D

icon Day 8 Oporto - UK

Accommodation Name: Hotel Meira

After breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. B

What's Included

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights in hotels

Dinner plate14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)

PersonSaga Host

Plus all this...

  • Return flights and transfers


  • Craft beer tasting at your hotel
  • Folklore evening
  • Local craft macramé demonstration
  • Vinho Verde, Port wine and Alvarinho white wine tours and tastings
  • Local history talk

MapExcursions and visits

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park (full day)
  • Oporto tour (full day)
  • Monção and Palace of Brejoeira (half day)
  • Barcelos market (half day)

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