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Ponte de Lima is a beautiful village in the Lima Valley which dates back to 1125. Apart from its beauty it is famous for its Roman Bridge. It was originally a Roman settlement on the road from Braga to Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela is of course famous as the final destination on the Pilgrims Way known in Portugal as the Way of St James. That walk commences in Porto through Ponte de Lima and from Ponte de Lima there is another 154 kilometres to go.

It is a beautiful part of Portugal. Its landscape, its buildings and its culture allow the visitor a taste of the authentic Portugal. The National Park Peneda – Gerês is one of the most beautiful in Portugal.

And for those with modern tastes accommodation, restaurants and golf are all available.

On your journey to Vouzela you will experience the warmth and hospitality of the people, the culture, and the produce of central and northern Portugal.

Vouzela is 30 minutes from Viseu, Lamego, and an hour from Portugal’s third largest city Coimbra. It was first settled in the 11th century, although some diggings show evidence of a Roman presence in early AD. A charming and beautiful town. Regular markets are of interest. And if you time your visit you might enjoy the town’s annual sweets festival at the end of July or the Festa do Castelo Music Festival in the first week of August. Enjoy the fresh air with walks along Vouzela’s eight easy walking routes.

Try the nearby thermal waters. Enjoy the local food. Enjoy the region. And above all enjoy your boutique accommodation at Casa Museu with your hosts Maria and Antonio.

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Day 1

  • Arrive Ponte de Lima.
  • Accommodation Mercearia da Vila.
  • Accommodation in Suite.

Day 2

  • Guided day trip to Viana do Castelo and Braga.
  • Lunch at Copo1/2 in Braga.
  • Dinner at restaurant Acude (excluding beverages).

Day 3

  • Way of St James pilgrimage route Ponte de Lima to Rubiães (22km).
  • Return transport to Ponte de Lima.
  • Dinner at restaurant A Tulha (excluding wine).

Day 4

  • Guided tour to Parque Nacional de Peneda – Gerés.
  • Lunch Restaurant Ponte Nova.
  • Dinner Sabores do Lima (excluding wine).

Day 5

  • Travel to Vouzela.
  • Welcome drinks with local Dao wine and regional cheese.
  • Explore Vouzela by foot including a visit to the museum.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Accommodation at Casa Museu.

Day 6

  • Enjoy a day trip to Viseu, Aveiro, Coimbra, or the Douro Valley.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Accommodation at Casa Museu.

Day 7

  • Visit historical sites in Serra São, Macário and enjoy lunch in the mountains.
  • Enjoy an easy afternoon walk in any of the eight walking routes around Vouzela.
  • Accommodation at Casa Museu.
  • Dinner at Casa Museu.

Day 8

  • Enjoy a visit to Termas do São, Pedro do Sul and experience hot springs for thermal cures and a wellness treatment.
  • Enjoy the afternoon walking one of Vouzela’s many walking tracks.
  • Dinner by candlelight with wild mushrooms and local produce.

Day 9

  • Depart for your next CoolPortugal experience.
  • Four nights suite accommodation Mercearia da Vila
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch at Copo1/2
  • Packed lunch on Pilgrims Walk
  • Lunch Ponte Nova (excluding beverages)
  • Dinner Restaurant Acude
  • Dinner Restaurant A Tulha (excluding beverages)
  • Dinner Restaurant Sabores do Lima (excluding beverages)
  • Guided day trip including transport to Viana do Castelo and Braga
  • Guided day trip including transport to Parque Nacional de Peneda – Gerés
  • Transport from Rubiaes to Ponte de Lima
  • Four nights accommodation at Casa Museu
  • Daily breakfast at Casa Museu
  • Welcome drinks at Casa Museu
  • Two dinners at a local restaurant (excluding beverages)
  • Hot springs visit including transport and entrance fees and treatment fee to Value of €75 per person
  • Visit to Serra São, Macário including packed lunch
  • Two dinners at Casa Museu including wine
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    Group Size: 2 pax
    price: € 2570 /Group