Minho Nature Self Drive

Self-guided nature road trip tour of the North of Portugal

Portugal’s greenest region is a real treat for nature lovers.

With a coastline full of wide beaches and picturesque coastal towns and cities, in Minho we can also find mountainous regions, plateaus and river routes of great beauty and with unique characteristics.

What we propose in this program are three days of travel, with departure and arrival in Porto, and a passage through the most iconic roads that link the various landscapes and their genuine and welcoming people.

Make your way north by the coast, discover the charms of the upper Minho and the Alvarinho wine region. Follow the route of the river Minho, natural border between Portugal and Spain and enjoy the wonderful local cuisine.

Return to the interior of the territory and enjoy the local culture.

In order to further enrich your experience we have selected for you various activities, hotels and restaurants.

You will also have an online map prepared with all the necessary indications, from the roads that take you to all the attractions and activities, as well as recommendations and curiosities that you can find along the way.

All these choices go hand in hand with the quality we demand from our local partners, because the customer likes and wants quality and that is our great goal. Provide you with the richest of experiences in this paradise-filled country!

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: History and Traditions

We start the day with a briefing about the program and the correct way to use GPS. Here you will receive all the important information to make your trip unforgettable!

Head north to Viana do Castelo where you will enjoy a beautiful lunch, in which we have some suggestions of restaurants to know the typical food of this place!

Our tip of itinerary takes you to Vila Praia de Ancora to start heading for the discovery of the stories and traditions of this place, as well as natural places like Pincho Waterfall and Esturranha Lagoon, where you will be able to take a beautiful dip in its crystal clear waters and enjoy the whole place and surrounding flora.

We could not leave aside Valença so our suggestion is to know some places that portray the historical importance of this locality.

At the end of the day you will arrive at the hotel with a clear idea of what some of the traditions, gastronomy and places of our country are like and ready to rest and recover the strength for what awaits you in the coming days!

Day 2:  Adventure time!

This is the day when adrenaline and fun will be at its peak!

After a rested night and with breakfast taken, it is time to leave for Vilar de Mouros to enjoy various activities on the Lima River for some adrenaline.

Learn more about the process of vinification of green wines their importance in the development of the region and end the program with a visit to Quinta do Ameal, where you can enjoy a visit with a tasting of two wines made on location.

To enjoy the remaining moments in Ponte de Lima take a beautiful walk through the village, enjoying its natural and historical beauty.

After a full day of activities, history and discovery, it’s time to rest and enjoy the last day

Day 3: Take a walk on the wild side

On the third and last day of your program, after checking out at the hotel, you will go on the road and explore the region of Sistelo, in the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez.

Leaving Vila Verde you will discover the walkways of Vez and discover its surrounding area enjoying the breathtaking terraces of the town.

These walkways link the medieval bridge of Vilela to the iconic village along the river Vez.

Follow our recommendations and realize the charm of this beautiful region.

You’re going to surround yourself with a set worthy of a movie!


We personally visit all the accommodation featured in the guides and only select places where we would wish to stay ourselves.

  • 2 nights accommodations in selected venues
  • 2 buffet breakfasts
Included in Car Hire

Rental cars provided by reputable partners.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Basic LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver + TW Theft Waiver)
  • Upgrades to a different group/class available upon request
  • Automatic transmission available upon request
Not included
  • Guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Services
  • Flights

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Minho Nature Standard

  • 3* Hotels, B&B, Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Renault Megane Cabrio or Similar;
  • Automatic Toll Payment;
  • Navigation System.

Minho Nature Deluxe

  • 4* or 5* Hotels, Deluxe B&B, Top Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Mercedez Benz Class E or Similar;
  • Automatic Toll Payment;
  • Navigation System.
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