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Discovering the Bestança Valley - Serra de Montemuro

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Friday12 May, 2023
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Waterfall in Bestança Valley

Discovering the Bestança Valley – Serra de Montemuro

Condições Gerais

The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, registered under the name of Papa-Léguas, Agência de viagens e turismo Lda, with headquarters at Rua Conde de Sabugosa nº 3F, 1700-115 Lisbon. The agency is registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.

  1. Activities are understood to be all those that include:
  • One-day hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain;
  • Weekend hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain.
  • Travel photography courses; 
  • Travel, nature and image editing workshops;
  • Weekend nature photography workshops;
  • Travel writing workshops.

2.1. You must register for the activity you wish to participate in, through the website by completing the respective online form. After registering, you will have 72 hours to make the payment. If you register less than 24 hours before the start of the activity, you must make the payment by 5:00 PM on the last working day preceding it.

2.2. Your registration is only considered valid after payment is made. You can make the payment using different methods: in cash at the office of Papa-Léguas or by bank transfer to the provided IBAN, which will be sent to you in the registration email.

2.3. If payment is not made at the office of Papa-Léguas, you must validate it (bank transfer) by sending the proof of payment to the email or by fax to 218452693.

2.4. After payment validation, our staff will send an email indicating the status of the reservation:

2.4.1. The reservation is confirmed when the activity has reached the minimum group size required for its realization and the maximum group size has not been reached yet. The client's spot in the activity is guaranteed.

2.4.2. The reservation is canceled when the minimum group size required for the activity has not been reached. The activity will not take place, and the client will be fully refunded.

2.4.3. The reservation is placed on the waiting list when the maximum number of participants has been reached, but a reservation has been accepted in the meantime. Our services will contact the client to provide further updates.

2.5. Pre-registrations by phone, fax, written messages, emails, or any other form of message transmission are not accepted, as well as on site payments on the day of the activity.


3.1. The prices of the activities are based on factors such as service costs, insurance, and entrance fees to museums, parks, etc. The price includes the Value Added Tax (VAT) in effect, whenever applicable. Papa-Léguas reserves the right to change the prices of the activities without prior notice.

3.2. The prices of the activities do not include meals and transportation to the meeting point, unless otherwise stated and explicitly published on the activity page under the "includes" section.

3.3. Papa-Léguas may pair up individual clients for activities that involve overnight stays in hotels or similar accommodations, based on gender and chronological order of registration. Any participant who remains isolated will be required to pay the respective single supplement (when applicable), as indicated on the activities page.


4.1. If a client registered for a specific activity wishes to change their registration to another activity or to the same activity on a different date, they may do so under the following conditions:

4.1.1 - Notify Papa-Léguas at least 72 hours in advance of the activity start time.

4.1.2 - There must be availability for the desired activity change. If there are any change fees, the client will be responsible for covering them.

4.2. If the activity is canceled by the organization, clients will receive a FULL REFUND of their registration fee.

4.3. The organizing agency is permitted to change the order of activities, routes, and departure times, if there are justifications for doing so.


5.1. The client can cancel a one-day activity and receive a full refund if the cancellation is made up to 72 hours before the activity's start time. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

For weekend activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks in advance of the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. In activities that require hotel reservations, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. For weekend photography activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least one month before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

5.2. The no-show of the customer at the designated location, date, and time for the start of the activity is considered a cancellation and will result in the total loss of the payment made, with no right to claim a refund.

5.3. Non-appearance is defined as delays equal to or exceeding 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time.


6.1. Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the end of provision of services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the client may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund, as provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, is a member of the Customer Advocate for Travel and Tourism Agencies. To benefit from this service, you must submit your complaint in writing within 20 working days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to promptly comply with the decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Portuguese National Tourism Authority through, within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of awareness of the impossibility of its realization due to reasons attributable to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs through


7.1. The insurance included in all Papa-Léguas activities covers:

  • Death: €5000;
  • Permanent disability: €5500;
  • Treatment expenses: €500.

Please find all relevant information about your insurance here.

Líder da Micro Tour

Luís Dias

Reservations and Customer Service, Tour leader

I often say that my work is a hobby. In addition to being a guide, traveler and hiker, I work full-time at the agency as responsible for the office hours, travel consultancy and client contact. I lead the pedestrian walks in Portugal.

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Do you have a question?

Do not hesitate to call us. We have a specialized team and we will be happy to talk to you.

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Details of Micro Tour

Discover the hidden beauty of Vale do Bestança in the Montemuro Mountain Range.

The Bestança River, which originates in the Montemuro Mountain Range and flows into the Douro River, showcases an enviable biodiversity and a remarkably beautiful natural landscape. Its riparian vegetation is well-preserved, and its waters are crystal clear, holding great environmental value.

The Bestança River is part of the Natura 2000 network and is classified as a Corine Biotope.

Starting from Cinfães, we will embark on a hiking expedition to explore a region of high ecological importance that combines natural heritage with surprising architectural wonders.

Why this Micro Tour is a must?
  • Explore on foot the beautiful Bestança River Valley;
  • Enjoy the views of the Serra de Montemuro;
  • Visit the mountain villages and enjoy their natural environment and landscape;


  • Accompanied by a Papa-Léguas guide during the weekend;
  • 2 Nights in 4-star double room at Douro Marina Hotel;
  • Meals 2 breakfasts, 1 picnic, 1 dinner;
  • 2 pedestrian walks with historical and scientific background;
  • Coffee and/or tea during the treks;
  • Travel insurance and aid.


  • Transport to the place of accommodation and during the activity;
  • All optional visits and activities;
  • All personal expenses;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Departure to Caldas de Aregos, Resende

Departure to Caldas de Aregos in Resende. Arrival and free time.

The "Douro Marina Hotel" has spa services, you can optionally do some spa activity or contact the Papa-Léguas guide for an optional half-day walking tour in the afternoon, subject to confirmation.

On this day, dinner is at the traveler's expense, but the group can get together for dinner at a restaurant in the region.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: X
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 2 Bestança Valley Trail - 10,5 miles.

Breakfast at the hotel, and at the scheduled time, meet with the guide and travel in participants' vehicles to the starting point of the hike.

Today's route is linear. We will begin the trek at the Montemuro Gates, descending into the valley to enjoy magnificent views. Depending on the weather conditions, it can also be done in reverse.

The trail unfolds in one of Portugal's most beautiful valleys, alongside one of Europe's cleanest rivers, the Bestança River. Throughout the journey, we will visit sites of great natural interest, such as Prado do Bestança, Ribeira de Tendais, and the Bestança River. We will make several stops to fully enjoy the surroundings.

We will return to the hotel around 6:00 PM, with free time and a scheduled dinner included in the program.

Length: about 10,5 miles.
Type: linear in rural, mountainous and forest environment.
Trail: Tracks in dirt and stone.
Accumulated Slope: 670m
Max. altitude: 1070m.
Min. altitude: 400m.
Duration: 6 hours with stops.
Difficulty level: Moderate +.
Points of interest: Bestança River Valley, Gates of Montemuro (chapel and wall), Muros village, Bestança Meadow, Tendais Stream, Soutelo Bridge, Serra de Montemuro, Bustelo village.

The Papa-Léguas guide will provide information about the geology, biology, history, and local legends.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 3 Aveloso Valley Trail - 6,8 miles.

Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive in the participants' cars to the starting point of the trail in Tendais.

Today's route is circular and eight-shaped, its path crosses places of great beauty through very old cobblestones and paths that connect several mountain villages.

The mountain, rural and natural environment is sublime. This is an ideal route to end our weekend.

Return home around 4:00 PM.

Aveloso Valley Trail
Length: about 6,8 miles.
Type: linear in rural, mountainous and forest environment.
Path: Tracks in dirt and stone.
Accumulated Slope: +429m
Max.altitude: 950m.
Min. altitude: 575m.
Duration: 5 hours with stops.
Difficulty level: medium
Points of interest: Villages of Macieira and Meridãos, Covais and Tendais streams, fauna and flora, rural architecture.

The Papa-Léguas guide will give information about geology, biology, history and local folklore.

Alojamento: XRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:


Is this activity for me?

Yes, if you want to explore on foot, the Bestança River Valley, located in the Cinfães region of the Douro and the Serra de Montemuro.

Who will guide this walking activity?

It's Luís Dias, who, in addition to his experience in managing the group, will take you on a tour of treks through the Bestança River Valley region.

What kind of accommodations do I stay in this weekend?

You will stay the two nights, in a 4-star hotel in Caldas de Aregos, next to the Douro River.

What kind of transportation do we use this weekend and how do I get to the meeting place?

The participants own vehicles will be used, but transportation sharing is common. Contact us if you need a ride or want to share your car with other participants. When you sign up, we will email you a program with all the details for getting to the meeting place.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

Not necessarily. If you do not wish to stay alone in the accommodations, you can share them with another participant. Papa-Léguas may group travelers who sign up individually for the same trip in pairs, by sex and chronological order of registration, and if the number of participants is odd, the traveler who stays alone must pay the respective individual supplement.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

Take 50 euros that will be used to pay for Friday's dinner and food for the two hikes we will do during the weekend. This does not include expenses for gasoline and tolls.

Is insurance included in the program? What does it cover?

It is not included. Contact Papa-Léguas for more information regarding insurance.

What equipment is needed to do this activity?

Hiking boots, daypack and canteen, equipment that will protect you from the weather, such as a raincoat, windbreaker, or fleece liner.

Why is this trip A"MICRO TOUR"?

A great trip does not necessarily have to be measured by the number of days it takes. MICRO are trips that can take a morning or a long weekend. Usually they are in Portugal or across the border. We have already called them activities, but we think they should have the place they deserve. They are trips. They are MICRO and they are amazing.


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