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From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

1. From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

Spend the day walking through Geres NAtional Park, just an hour and a half from Porto. Immerse yourself into the heart of the park, explore the grounds, and enjoy a coffee. Hike for 10 km to the 7 natural pool, spend some time admiring the natural beauty, and head back to the starting point. THE HIKE: We will have a 10 km (6.2 miles) hike which will take us to 7 magnificent natural pools situated in the heart of the park. The hike will be divided into 2 stages, 5 km (3.1 miles) from the starting point to the pools, where we will stay for around 1.5/2 hours to dive in the amazing natural pools (depending on people's willingness we can stay a bit longer) and then the other 5 km (3.1 miles) back to the starting point. The path is on an uneven terrain but without steep slopes. HIKE DIFFICULTY: Difficult: for people who are not used to walking. Medium: For people who are used to hiking for 10 km in the countryside Easy: For people who are used to hiking for more than 10 km on uneven terrain with steep slopes. LUNCH: For lunch, you need to prepare your own food as there's nothing around where you can eat. Please bring lots of water as it might be very hot. GROUP SIZE: From 8 to 15/pax maximum. After the hike, we will have the chance to stop in a local tavern for a refreshing drink and relax a bit before our way back to Porto city. The meeting point will be at Rua das Taipas nº 50, Porto. Arrival in Porto will be around 6:30 PM

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. Pass through the scenic Minho region and explore the historical centers of these two cities. Enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch. Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Portugal, as well as being one of the richest regions in history. Explore the area and visit the cities of Guimarães and Braga on a full-day trip from Porto. Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal and of the first Portuguese king. See the medieval castle of Guimarães and spend some time in the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães are so well-preserved that it is easy to imagine the past. Go on to spend the afternoon in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. See 2 important sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

Canyoning Tour in Portugal

3. Canyoning Tour in Portugal

Are you tired of the day-to-day? Are you looking for a burst of adrenaline? This is the ideal activity for you! Canyoning Adventure is one of the most challenging experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland! This is where your emotions will be brought to the red, with up to 60 meter rappels, guided rappels to 30 meters in height and more than 40 meters long, with optional jumps that can surpass 11 meters. Find all of this in the longer canyoning routes from mainland Portugal. To accomplish this canyoning, for security reasons, it is a prerequisite to have done the Tobogã Canyoning Middle Level at least once and be considered by the Guidelines as "ready" to the next level of difficulty.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

4. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the cities on Braga and Guimarães on a guided day tour from Porto. Admire the architecture as you take a walking tour in both cities. Learn about the historic importance of both cities, with a traditional Portuguese lunch with Vinho Verde during the day. Be collected at your accommodation in the city of Porto and set out to discover northern Portugal. Arrive in Guimarães for a calm walk through the medieval city and enter the Castle, which is known as the birth of the kingdom of Portugal.  Then, visit the Palace of the Dukes and be dazzled by the luxuries of royalty throughout the centuries. Your local guide will tell you the whole history of Portugal.  Eat a delicious Portuguese lunch will be served in a restaurant where you can taste the famous Vinho Verde, which is produced in the region.  Travel to the city of Braga, known as the city of the Archbishops. Visit the historical center and the interior of the Cathedral. Go to the top of the mountain and visit the most magnificent Sanctuary in Portugal, Bom Jesus do Monte. 

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

5. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

6. Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

The tour starts with a visit to the birthplace of the Portuguese nation – the city of Guimarães. This was the first city of Portugal chosen by the first king, Afonso Henriques. Known as the cradle of Portugal, Guimarães has preserved a medieval atmosphere at its core and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop takes place in the northern part of the city with a visit to the imposing 10th century castle and the majestic Dukes of Bragança Palace. Afterward the historical Santa Maria Road leads you to the charming square in the heart of the old town, Largo da Oliveira. After a relaxing lunch break in Guimarães that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of the north of Portugal, it will be time to continue towards Braga, the oldest religious capital of Portugal. Known to the Romans as Bracara Augusta, for centuries Braga has been and archiepiscopal seat and pilgrimage site. Your first stop is Sé, the 12th century cathedral built by Henri de Bourgogne and Dona Teresa. Then you will head to Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site. The 581 steps that the pilgrims climb up to the top of Bom Jesus are one of the most glorious stairways in Portugal. After a visit to these landmarks of faith in the country you head back to Porto.

Peneda Gerês National Park: Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

7. Peneda Gerês National Park: Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Let yourself be enchanted by the historic villages, breathtaking views, and mysterious forests of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Enjoy a 60-km course dropping 1400 meters in elevation along the way. Start in Vilarinho das Furnas and get a great view of its dam framed between the Serra Gerês and Serra Amarela. Continue to Albergaria Forest and enjoy the beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity. Visit Portela do Homem near the border at 822 meters of altitude. Discover the river with its waterfalls and natural pools full of crystal-clear water. Head to Lindoso, one of the most beautiful mountain villages of Alto Minho. See its 13th-century castle, which defended Portugal during its conflicts with its neighbor. Enjoy a great view of the Lindoso Reservoir and see the old granaries. End your tour at Tobogã Base, located at Entre Ambos-os-Rios.

Half-Day Braga City Tour

8. Half-Day Braga City Tour

You will get picked up at your hotel in the morning and ride in an air conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga), the ancient roman city. Begin your visit in the sanctuary of Bom Jesus and prepare yourself to get there in a water-powered funicular (included) built in 1882. From the top of the hill be dazzled with the spectacular belvedere with the entire city below. Reaching the historical center of Braga, it's time to do a small walking tour to get to know the city better. In the outside of the old medieval Wall, visit the church of Congregados and then head  towards the most imposing monument, the Sé Cathedral built in Romanesque style with finishings in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops, it's cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Visit the old castle tower or the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is located. The visit ends at the prestigious Astoria Café, one of the most beautiful and old cafes in the city. Here you can still get a glimpse of part of the old Wall. After a half day strolling around Braga, relax and enjoy your journey back to Porto.

Braga: Full-Day Historical Tour with Transport

9. Braga: Full-Day Historical Tour with Transport

This millennial city carries remains from the Neolithic era, and has been in non–stop use since the Iron Age and gained greater importance when the Romans founded it, in 16 B.C. Discover the different layers of the ever–present history and how it all fits into one of the cities in Europe with the youngest population and innovative new businesses. Head through medieval streets that open up to renaissance squares, and enjoy baroque façades next to contemporary buildings. You will, of course, taste some of Braga's best traditional delicacies, then move on to the outskirts for a visit to impressive monuments including Bom Jesus.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

10. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

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What people are saying about Braga

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 131 reviews

Martin was very knowledgeable and patient with all our questions . He took the time to explain all the historical sites to us in length and detail ; I learned about Braga , Guimarães and Portugal in general . Thank you for an awesome Tour !

Very pleasant and informative tour. Knowledgeable and engaging guides. Comfortable pace, convenient transportation, good lunch, etc. A day well spent!

This trip is really worth it! Nature is overwhelming and swimming in the natural pools is pure fun and refreshment! Go for it!

Awesome hike, good to get rid of the city noise. Our guide was very friendly and sociable! 100% recommended!

Very nice hike, rich in landscapes and explanations. Thanks to our guide who made this hike sensational