Braga & Northern Portugal, hiking paradise in Europe

I moved to Braga, in Northern Portugal, in September 2019. Six months before the world would shut down because of a pandemic. Long periods of lockdown and confinement hindered me from doing what I intended to do. But since every challenge is an opportunity, I started exploring my new home country in a different way, by walking.

‘Start to walk and the way will appear’ became much more than just a quote. It became a mindset and a lifestyle.

In 2021 I explored the large area around my place, in the East of Braga, at the foot of Bom Jesus do Monte. It gave me the opportunity to draw my own pedestrian portfolio, with a variety of distances and landscapes. And with a variety of sensory experiences.

I also walked the Portuguese Camino to Santiago. And I met great local people, with huge knowledge and experience in hiking in Northern Portugal.

On top of that, Braga was voted European Best Destination 2021, which brought even more opportunities to my path.
Braga offers a combination of history and dynamic. A combination of beautiful monuments in the historical city centre and the silence of nature. Moreover, there are over 280 km of documented pedestrian routes!

So, a year of travelling restrictions and lockdowns encouraged me to discover some of the best parts of this beautiful Northern region. I found the ingredients that resonate with who I am and what I love: beautiful landscapes, nature, culture, history, gastronomy, wine, hiking.

This region is so much worth a visit! With my personalized services I want to help you create your perfect trip to Braga & Northern Portugal.

Let me guide you!

About Northern Portugal

When speaking about ‘Northern Portugal’, I mean the part of the country north of the Douro river.

  • Cities and (historical) places worth visiting: Braga, Porto, Guimarães, Barcelos, Esposende, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Vila Real, Chaves, …
  • The National Park Peneda-Gerês
  • Valley of the Douro river

Let me help you plan your perfect trip!

Deal 1: Ready-made, self-guided hiking trips in Northern Portugal

These trips are fully organized for you! The only thing you have to do, is decide when you want to go!

My selection of 5 favourite packages (8 days holidays):

  1. Hiking & Culture in the Douro Valley
  2. Discover the unexplored rural side of the Douro wine region
  3. Heart & Soul of Douro Valley, with the most spectacular views of hillsides, rivers and valleys
  4. Explore Peneda-Gerês National Park
  5. Part of the Portuguese Coastal Camino to Santiago, along the Atlantic coast

Contact me for the details about the packages.
I help you choose the trip that matches best with your wishes.
After you make your choice, my partner travel agency will take care of all the logistics!

You don’t find what you are looking for in the above list? No worries, there is more to choose from. Just send me your request.
Every package can be adapted to your needs and wishes!

Deal 2: I help you design a unique, customized, self-guided (hiking) trip in Northern Portugal

Your perfect trip in 3 steps:

  • You tell me what you are looking for
  • I do the research and I design your trip
  • If you are happy with the result, my partner travel agency will take care of all the logistics

After booking, I’ll still be available to respond to your questions and remarks!

Deal 3: One-day-trips, ready-made or customized and designed for you!

You are spending your holidays in Portugal and you want to visit Braga or Porto on a one day trip? Or you want to go on a one day hike? I design your customized day trip!

Some examples:

  • Welcome in Braga: visit the historical city centre and Bom Jesus do Monte (guided)
  • Hiking and gastronomy in Braga (several options, guided)
  • Highlights of Braga (either guided or self-guided)
  • Discover Porto (either guided or self-guided)
  • Guided walking tour in the Douro wine region
  • Guided walking tour in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Your perfect one-day-trip in 3 steps:

  • You tell me what you are looking for
  • I do the research and I design your trip
  • If you are happy with the result, either I or my partner travel agency will take care of all the logistics

Walk the Portuguese Camino to Santiago, fully organized (self-guided)

The Camino to Santiago is a millennial route followed by millions of Pilgrims from the beginning of the 9th century, when the tomb of St. James (Santiago) was discovered in Galicia.

In Portugal you can either choose the Coastal way or the Central way, both starting in Porto.

You want to walk the Portuguese Camino to Santiago, but you don’t like the idea of doing a lot of research for accommodation, carrying a heavy backpack, etc.? Don’t worry!

You can do the Portuguese Way of St. James making use of luggage transfers and sleeping in comfortable beds!

Contact me for more details and possibilities!

Have your retreat organized in Northern Portugal

You are a coach, a trainer, a (yoga) teacher? You are looking for a perfect location for your retreat? You want help with the design of your programme and with all of the logistics?

I help you find the location you have in mind. I also help you organize your event, being your local contact and taking care of everything you might need.

Contact me and tell me what you are looking for. I will take care of the rest!