The dynamic mix of culture, cuisines, nature and local people will have you coming back for more...as we explore undiscovered regions, vast natural areas and new exciting tourism experiences through the Coa Valley.
Spend your first few nights at the exquisite Casa da Cisterna guest house, built in amongst the old ruins of Castelo Rodrigo. This magical boutique hotel is owned and run by a passionate local family who have steeped history in the area and a strong tie to nature spanning back decades.
The quaint hotel offers very comfortable en suite rooms, delicious in-house dining and an amazing view from the infinity pool.
Explore the nearby nature reserve of Faia Brava, under the guidance of Fernando Romao - guide and wildlife photographer. A 4x4 safari, picnic lunch and vulture hide experience are all highlights in the area during the day, and as the sun sets a dramatic backdrop of stars set the scene for a visit to the ancient rock engravings and art in the Coa Valley.
A private tour to a famed local vineyard will fill evoke fascination in this famous port region, before you dine out under the stars at the one-of-a-kind Fly Camp, overlooking the dramatic Coa and Douro rivers. The setting is enhanced by a five-course meal with wine pairing, before you rest your head in this traditional, "Hemingway-style" camp. .
With all these adventures under your belt, a day exploring the city of Porto will allow you to reconnect and review all the previous day's experiences - with a little urban luxury going a long way at the BoaVista Eco Luxury house. Dinner out on the town before getting ready to head back to reality.
"Take experience seriously."
- Richard Karlsson
Fernando Romão is a nature guide and photographer and has spent the last 20 years developing is skills, knowledge and passion for nature.
Guiding professionally allowed him to create unique interpretive tours; including bird watching, hiking and nature photography and transfer his love and passion for nature.
Working in a variety of areas including Faia Brava's private reserve, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and the Duoro and Tejo International Natural Park respectively.
With training in Outdoor and Adventure activities as well as Tourism and Nature interpretation, Fernando is the perfect combination for a nature based tour in the area. With his own nature tourism and photography business he strives to always bring the best of the area and its experiences to his guests.
When he isn't guiding or glued to the view finder on his camera, Fernando is working on an editorial project for travel guides for the interior of Portugal.