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 and Agostinho Costinha 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.
"Fantastic experience! We stayed 8 nights in the same hotel in Viana do Castelo. Our daily walks were fun, scenic and interesting. Our guides were outstanding. The daily picnic lunches, also outstanding, delicious local food. We did not have to carry our lunches while hiking each day."
"My sister and I booked this tour as we both enjoy unspoilt nature, hiking, and exploring a less travelled part of Portugal. We were so glad we did! Serra D'Arga is beautiful! It was so enjoyable to hike off the beaten track amidst natural streams and pools, the many waterfalls and old watermills".
"My husband & I found our day hiking with Agostinho to be the highlight of our trip to Portugal. We visited the villages of Soajo & Lindoso and hiked the surrounding countryside. This allowed us to experience traditional Portuguese life".
"Donkey tour: We were hiking for two days with the donkey. Both tours were very nice, very well organized by Nicholas and the animal is super nice. We were all thrilled, especially our eight-year-old son. We are happy to come back and can only do the tour recommend!"
"Agostinho arranged walks and went through each day with us so we knew exactly what was happening and when. The walks were tailored to our needs (I'm the wrong side of 70) and were without fail a really excellent introduction to the many varied splendours of the Gerês National Park".