Spain to Portugal Private Journey

Hiking Bilbao to Porto: El Camino Trails, Mountain Hamlets, and Duoro Vineyards

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 2-3 (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system, with hikes of 5-8 miles on most days.

How Tough is This Trip?
Although you'll carry just a light daypack on the trail, you should be fully prepared for the hikes and accustomed to walking in sturdy hiking boots. Most of the lunches are picnics, with city lunches in restaurants and cafes. In the Douro Valley, you’ll enjoy lunch in a quinta, or family winery. In Spain and Portugal, people don’t usually convene for lunches until around 1:00 pm. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US.

Getting in Shape
For your own enjoyment of travel, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

Terrain

Most of the walks are on dirt roads, rural trails, and loose gravel paths. The trails are well maintained and have little to no exposure.

Weather

The weather is likely to be changeable! In general, we expect warm and balmy conditions, with cooling breezes and occasional showers. We should encounter warm and dry weather in Castile, with always a chance for showers in Bilbao and Porto.

Accommodations

Overnights are in top quality hotels, most of them located in historic buildings such as monasteries or castles, with three nights in paradors.

Cuisine

You’ll encounter an incredible variety of the best regional cuisines, from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bilbao to the delicious daily selection of tapas in lively tavernas to the sumptuous seafood in Portugal, the country of a thousand fish recipes. Meals are washed down with some of the most famous wines in the world including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Mencia, and Port.

Transportation

All transfers are by minivan with a private guide/driver. Driving times on most days range from 1 or 2 hours to 3.5 total.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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