Descubra Minho is a local tour operator specialized in guided and self guided walking and cycling tours in Northern Portugal: Minho region, Serra D’Arga Nature Reserve but also Peneda – Gerês National Park.
Filipe Costinha (General Manager) and Agostinho Costinha (Product Manager and a guide) created Descubra Minho in 2013 and afterwards opened the office in Montaria village on the foothills of Serra D’Arga Nature Reserve, a secret mountain in the district of Viana do Castelo.
Montaria is a hometown to Filipe and Agostinho. They grew up close to nature which has, in turn, led them to become rear nature lovers. Because of this, today, they want to share with you the secret, hidden and unknown to others places in Serra D’Arga and in the whole Northern Portugal.
As an incoming Tour Operator, we work all year round with small groups as well as solo travelers.
The company slogan is “Feel Nature“ - this is our mission. Once you book a tour with us, you will certainly understand its meaning. You will truly embrace the nature around you and because we work in the Portuguese countryside, with us, you will experience and discover the real Portugal!
In our tours we include a picnic lunch with local food and drink buying from local farmers. You make an important contribution to the local economies of the places you visit.
On our wine bike tours you visit family owned wineries and you can stay in family run hotels.
Avoid mass tourism, the goal of Descubra Minho is to offer nature-oriented experiences without making any negative impact.
"The walks showed us fabulous views and glimpses of a lifestyle in tune with nature which has gone from the UK.The wildlife, both plant and animal, is rich and varied and the topography and geology fascinating". A must do experience for everyone interested in walking and or wildlife.
"I traveled at the end of April with my sister on the 7 day walk in Northern Portugal. We enjoyed stunning scenery, quaint Portuguese villages, Atlantic coastline and historic towns. I would highly recommend this walking tour to others. It was a very enjoyable week!"
We spent 2 days donkey trekking... We were well looked after and supplied with everything we needed. The kids loved taking it in turns to ride the donkeys. The accommodation was amazing and nothing like we expected. I would highly recommend anyone with young family’s to do this as it will give your kids (and you) an experience they will never forget. Amazing!
"This company is doing wonderful stuff both in showing what life and the countryside is like in Minho, working to maintain some of the basic structures and skills of country life, and in giving a wonderfully gentle and careful experience to people like us."
"We really enjoyed our half day watermill tour with Augustihno. He was very informative and passionate about preserving the history of life in Montaria. Walking through the rural villages gives an amazing appreciation for history and culture of northern Portugal. And the picnic lunch was an excellent finale to the trip giving us a sample of local delicacies".