Limited Edition Route

Limited Edition Route

Come and discover an incredible place by the Atlantic coast

Limited Edition Route

On this route, you will be enchanted by the right bank of the Douro River to the sea. Along the way, we will pass through some historical neighborhoods that border the river, from Miragaia, through Massarelos, to Lordelo do Ouro. Then we will enter in Foz do Douro, a place that only in the late nineteenth century became part of the municipality of Porto. This beautiful garden near the mouth of the Douro River was designed by the German landscape architect Emílio David, author of the well-known gardens of the Crystal Palace and Cordoaria. The route continues along the Atlantic avenues of Brazil and Montevideo to the city of Matosinhos, an important seaside resort area. We will cross the movable bridge of the river Leça and Leixões Harbor and continue on our way to the unique seaside resort of Leça da Palmeira with its fantastic white sand beaches. When we get close to the lighthouse, we will be dazzled by an amazing piece of national architecture, the Boa Nova Tea House. Built on the rocks and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean by the award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, a fascinating restaurant run by the renowned chef Rui Paula. We continue our journey north, following the road along the Atlantic coast, to our final destination, the incredible site of Castro de São Paio. It is the only Maritime Castro in the Portuguese part of the Peninsular Northwest. S. Paio is a rocky outcrop essentially granite, on the sea, near Moreiró, in the extreme south of the municipality of Vila do Conde. Near it flows the river Onda. Geomorphology, archeology, and landscape make this site a place of distinction where the Chapel of S. Paio and a Castro are located, a small Iron Age settlement that, in its surroundings, presents traces attributed to the Paleolithic. A fortified village from the first millennium B.C. that corresponded to a settlement of people from the Peninsular Northwest that the Romans called Calaicos. A jewel of national archaeology, the Castro de S. Paio is the only example of a Castro on national territory where the sea touches the defenses. A fishing village and probably a salt production site, S. Paio was abandoned by the Romans around 20. C. In the surroundings, there are several points of interest related to the historical past, geomorphology, biology, and landscape.

Landmarks

Foz do Douro, Passeio Alegre Garden, S. João Batista Fort, "Anémona", Leixões Harbor, Farol e Capela da Boa Nova, Castro de São Paio.

Weather Conditions

Given adverse weather conditions, we may be forced to reschedule or cancel the tour, safeguarding the safety of the passengers and the guide.

Local Guide

During the tour, you will always be accompanied by our guide.

Pickup & Drop off

The Pickup & Drop off at the hotel is included.

Trip Itinerary

10:00 AM - Pick up
The tour may begin with a pick-up from the hotel where the customer is staying, by contacting the local guide in advance.
10:15 AM - Infante D. Henrique square
At this square, you’ll find at list of two important highlights: StockExchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa) and S. Francisco church.
10:45 AM - Foz do Douro district
Stroll into the narrow streets of this unique location at the mouth of the Douro River.
11:00 AM - Cidade S. Salvador square (Matosinhos)
At this square, you’ll see an amazing sculpture “She Changes”, by the American artist Janet Echelman (2001).
11:15 AM - Leixões Harbor - Leça da Palmeira
The biggest artificial harbor in Portugal.
11:30 AM - Boa Nova light house
On the way to Boa Nova lighthouse, we enter the famous Leça da Palmeira bathing area, where some of the best surfing beaches in the Porto area can be found.
12:00 PM - Castro de São Paio
At last, we have reached our destination. Here, we can explore the unique walkways of this ancient place that has stood for over a millennium.
12:30 PM - Return to Porto
We will end our tour at the city center around 1 PM.

Tour Pricing

Child
Age 5-12 with valid ID
23€/person
  • Minimum booking for 2 people
  • Sightseeing
  • (VAT 6% Included)
Adult
13-99years
46€/person
  • Minimum booking for 2 people
  • Sightseeing
  • (VAT 6% Included)

Reviews

Ricardo is a great tour guide, we really recommend!
Camille
January 2023
Ricardo is so friendly! This tour was so wonderful! We can’t recommend it enough! He included many extras that made it very special. Stops at beautiful views, lots of history, just wonderful!
Felicia
January 2023

46€/person

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