Blazing Saddles - Family Adventure in Portugal
Portugal, Family, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,055 (land only) - from $1,420 (land only)
Family Friendly Holidays
We work hard to include elements that make our holidays fun for all the family: Furry friends, farmstay accommodation with pools and a final night at a Porto hotel near the beach
- A family walking holiday with donkeys in Portugal
- Feed and look after the donkeys each evening
- Pleasant Turismo Rural accommodation with pools
- Free time in the charming coastal city of Porto
- Look out for vultures and eagles in the Douro National Park
In the north-eastern corner of Portugal, the Tras-os-Montes district is a paradise for donkeys and hikers alike. Tras-os-Montes, literally means Beyond-the-Hills and is an unspoilt area with authentic rural charm, close to the Douro River which forms the border with Spain. In this area, the AEGPA gives shelter to donkeys that have ended their working lives on local farms and actively promotes the endemic species of donkey - the ‘Burro Mirandes'. Generally nut-brown in colour, these are enchanting animals that make trusty companions on our series of rural walks. Having journeyed to Pocinho from Porto by train and car, we have the chance to meet our donkeys on Day 2 and learn a little about their upkeep. On the following day we set off and each day, thereafter, we walk for between 3 and 5 hours through the countryside, on ancient paths and dirt roads and from one village to the next. Along the way, we pass through farms with lots of noisy animals: cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, dogs and cats. In contrast, out in the country, we walk in peaceful silence. Each evening, when we reach the donkey-stables, the children have to help to brush and feed the donkeys. A perfect way of getting the whole family involved in an active holiday! Much of this area is a nature reserve, set up to protect the landscape and the several important species of birds of prey, including both vultures and eagles - we will be looking out for these impressive creatures, especially during the last 2 days of walking. Returning to Porto at the end of the holiday, we have chosen to use a hotel in the Portofoz area of the city, which will give us a free afternoon close to the beach and to the old part of Porto.
Is this holiday for you?
Suitable for children from 5 years old. This is an adventure holiday suitable for families with young children. The walking days are not too arduous and the children can ride the donkeys to give them a break from walking at any time (dependent only on trail conditions - where it is steep or rocky, it's best to walk). There is also lots of free time. We don't make too early starts and generally walk only half-days. So, providing we have been able to drag the kids away from their new furry friends, we reach our accommodation early and can chill out beside the pool - parents and kids alike.