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Pousada de Geres, Sao Bento

Pousadas of Portugal: Green Portugal & Porto

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,040 pp incl. flights


Short description

Discover Portugal's beautiful lush interior and national parks with this self-drive between some of the finest pousadas


  • Stay at converted monasteries and hilltop castles as you explore Portugal's verdant interior
  • Drive between pretty sailing ports and rural villages filled with history
  • Take in the rugged beauty of the Geres National Park
  • Taste your way through the picturesque Vinho Verde wine region
  • End with a chance to explore Porto’s wine lodges and historic tumble

In Brief

  • 1 Night Viana do Castelo
  • 2 Nights Caniçada
  • 1 Night Guimaraes
  • 2 Nights Amares
  • 1 Night Porto


Recommended for:
History & culture | Honeymoon | Natural world | Self-drive | Short break

Discover Portugal's beautiful lush interior on this self-drive between some of the finest pousadas – a series of state-owned, characterful hotels that were once monasteries, fortresses and castles. Flying into Porto, you'll head north to Viana do Castelo for fabulous ocean views before heading to Ponte de Lima and into the stunning Geres National Park. Enjoy lazy countryside strolls before driving on to Guimarães, an historical gem and World Heritage site known as 'birthplace of Portugal'. It's then on to to Amares in the Vinho Verde wine region, stopping for a night in a converted 12th-century monastery, before ending in Porto giving you a chance to explore Porto’s wine lodges and historic tumble. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Porto/Viana do Castelo

Flying into Porto, you'll head north, up the coast to Viana do Castelo's medieval quarters and pretty beaches, rich in palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, churches, monasteries, and water features that constitute a wealth of heritage. The Praca de Republica in the heart of the city is where you find the 16th century Misericordia building and fountain. The Pousada Viana do Castelo offers one of the most famous views in Portugal set high on Mount Santa Luzia with spectacular panoramas over the old sailing port and the Atlantic coast with its long sweep of sandy beaches.

Stay: Pousada Viana do Castelo

Meals: B

Days 2-3

Today head north to Ponte de Lima and into the stunning Geres National Park, the only national park in Portugal. Rivers and streams flow through the Peneda, Soajo Amarela and Geres mountain ranges. You might sometimes manage to spot a roebuck or its predator, the Iberian wolf, more common are the small wild horses that run free in the mountains. The Pousada at Geres is a spectacular mountain chalet sitting high in the mountains offering a spectacular backdrop with plenty of valleys, rivers and hills, where you can relax and take in wonderful views from the terrace. You will spend two nights here and enjoy walking and exploring the countryside.

Stay: Pousada Geres-Caricada 

Meals: B

Day 4

Today leave the mountains and head on over to Guimarães, one of Portugal's historical gems commonly known as 'birthplace of Portugal' and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can enjoy exploring its charming cobbled squares. Tonight's accommodation is the Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes, a 12th-century Augustinian monastery with fantastic views of the city.

Stay: Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes

Meals: B

Days 5-6

Amares is the next stop on this route, and with two nights here you'll have time to make the most of both the beautiful surroundings and nearby historic villages such as Braga, located only 16km away and overlooked by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. You'll be based at the Pousada Amares, a stunning 12th century Cistercian monastery in the Vinho Verde wine region where panoramic mountain views are best taken in with a glass or two of the excellent local wine.

Stay: Pousada Amares

Meals: B

Day 7

Today head away from Amares and back to the coast to enjoy your final night in Portugal. And you'll sign off in style with a stay at the Pousada do Porto Rua Flores, in a prime location in the historic city centre on Rua das Flores, one of Porto's most photographed streets. 

Stay: Pousada do Porto Rua Flores

Meals: B

Day 8

This morning, after breakfast, head to the airport to return your car and fly home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

8-day tailor-made self-drive
from £1,040 pp incl. flights


Jan - Mar / Nov 2024

from £1,040 pp. incl. flights

Apr / May / Jun & Oct 2024

from £1,270 pp. incl. flights

Green Portugal & Porto Route is valid Apr - Oct (excluding Jul / Aug / Sep)


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • 7 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • Return flights from UK to Porto
  • 8 days car hire

Green Portugal Pousada Route

The package can only include the following accommodation subject to availability, however the number of nights can be changed between properties as long as it is seven consecutive nights.

Viana do Castelo /  Gerês / Guimarães / Amares / Porto

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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