Your chance to visit one of the most stunning and scenic valleys in Europe, renowned for its delicious wines and ports. We are taking a week long hike through the west of Portugal, soaking up not just the beautifully terraced vineyards, but also breathtaking beaches punctuated with stone windmills, and the charismatic town of Porto with its many Gothic churches, inviting restaurants and bars and captivating marketplace.
• Stunning scenery of the Alto Douro UNESCO World Heritage wine region.
• Soak up the Portuguese culture in the traditional streets of Porto
• Cruise along the meandering Douro and return on the scenic ‘Linha do Douro’ railway.
• Walk in the mountain landscape of the Serra do Marão
• Visit a local vineyard, learn about making port and enjoy a tasting.
All that we ask you to do is help us maintain our high standards of care for our patients by fundraising €3300.
Our hike takes place from 17th to 24st October 2020 and is sure to be very well subscribed, so if you are interested in finding out more contact us without delay.
Come along to our free information evening and learn more!
We’d be delighted if you would join us for a short evening presentation and learn for yourself what all the excitement is about.
We are running two separate Information Talks here in the Hospice, Harold’s Cross, to introduce our Portuguese Hike more formally:
Wednesday 4th March at 6:30pm, and repeated
Wednesday 22nd April at 6:30pm
Each talks will be given by Drew Duggan (the tour guide organising the hike) and will last approximately one hr. Drew will provide details of the daily activities, the route, information about what to expect and what to bring; he is a mine of knowledge and has been to this area before so he will be able to answer any questions you might have.
These talks will also be a great way to meet up with other interested hikers (included some who have been on our overseas hikes in the past), so you will be able to meet some of those who you might end up with as walking buddies!
Click on the images below to see where we are going this year….
The ask is similar to previous years: we need you to raise a minimum of €3,300 in return for which we can promise will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with transfers, accommodation, food, guides included so all you need to do is bring your walking boots and a positive attitude to have some great fun, all the while raising vital funds for the front line services of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
Don’t forget – the Fundraising Team here in the Hospice will be on-hand to support your efforts, whether that be through social media, letters of authorisation, collection buckets or sponsorship cards. We’re also full of ideas on how you can raise funds. Just a few examples of the best fundraising activities from last year were as follows:
- Bag packing
- Church gate collections
- Pub quizzes
- Sponsored walks
- Car boot sales
But if you’re new to fundraising, don’t worry, we’re here to help, and we’d be happy to help you plan your activities and make sure you have everything you need.
We do hope you’ll join us this year for what promises to be an amazing hike. Thank you for your support and happy hiking!
Difficulty level – Easy
This is a fairly relaxed hiking adventure and the walks will all be fairly short and very achievable (perhaps 3-4 hours walking on five of the days of the tour).
Porto – Viana do Castelo – Vila Praia de Âncora – Caminha – Vila Real – São Mamede da Ribatua – Alijó – Casal de Loivos – Favaios – Ervedosa do Douro – Pinhão – Porto
Saturday 17th – Saturday 24st October 2020
7 nights – 5 days walking
3 – 6 hours per day in hot sun on tracks, boat transfer included
Easy to fair
€3,300 (including €300 non-refundable deposit)
Single room supplement €275 (limited number of rooms)
See below more details about the Portugal Hike 2020: