• Flight included
  • Accommodation included
  • Car rental included
  • Activity included

Explore the slate villages of Portugal

  • Round trip
  • 7 or 9 nights
  • Portugal
price from £ 499.00
  • per person
  • based on 2 persons

With this offer, you can get a partial refund if you cancel up to 8 days before your check-in date.

If your check-in date is less than 8 days away, you will not be eligible for a refund, however this might improve depending on your selection. Please check before booking.

See the slate villages of Portugal inc hotels, breakfast, hike and boat trip, rental car and flights!

Driving through wild landscapes, where you can see castles rising up in the distance, while the sound of the rippling water of the Zezere river fills the air ... it seems like something taken straight out of a fairytale. In Portugal you will find no fewer than 27 charming little villages, that bring this fairytale setting to life. These are the slate villages of Portugal, and they’re one of the best kept secrets of the country. The original homes in these villages are made of slate, as well as the steps and streets, giving the villages a distinctive look. Meanwhile, during your stay here, you’ll not only be surprised by the warmth and hospitality of the friendly locals, but also by the calm and tranquility that reigns throughout this unspoilt landscape. Get ready for a tour full of culture, verdant vistas and charming villages, while you stay in picture-perfect locations that seem to transcend time. It’s time to experience something truly unique!

  • Tour through Portugal: 7 or 9 nights

  • Breakfast

  • Walking tour in Vila de Rei and boat trip

  • Rental car

  • Return flight from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London City, London Gatwick, Liverpool, Manchester, London Stansted to Porto

We know plans can change. Our Flexible holidays let you rearrange your trip!

Choose from any alternative available dates. Includes refundable options. T&C's apply!


We work with our trusted partners in the region to offer you the best possible stay.

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Day 1: Porto

You’ll start your tour in the north of Portugal. After landing at Porto airport, you can pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel in Porto. This city is a mix of beautifully coloured facades, breathtaking viewpoints and bustling squares. Admire the ornate Ponte Dom Luís I arch bridge and … Read more

Day 2 - 4: Southern slate villages

On day 2, it’s time to leave Porto behind and head south to the Portuguese interior. The slate villages can be found across 16 different municipalities and are spread over the Serra da Lousã and Serra do Açor mountains. Along the way, you’ll pass several villages tucked away amongst the mountain… Read more

Day 5 - 7: Northern slate villages

With your rental car, you’re free to explore the diverse region around you, and discover all that it has to offer. If you’re a nature lover, then the waterfalls Fraga da Pena and the Penedos de Góis rocks will be a real highlight. Be sure to follow the slate paths, to find the perfect spot for s… Read more

Day 8: Porto

On day 7, it's time to get back in the car to drive back to where your tour started. You'll stay one more night in Porto before your trip comes to an end. Take a last stroll along the Douro, browse through the shops again and make a toast with a glass of port, to celebrate your fantastic… Read more

Included walking tour in Vila de Rei and boat trip

During this excursion you will visit the geodesic centre of Portugal, in Vila de Rei. The centre of the country is highlighted at the top of the mountain Serra da Melriça, from where you can enjoy an incredible view. Afterwards, the guide will take you on a walking tour on slate paths to the slate village of Agua Formosa, which owes its name to the clear water that springs from the source nearby. You can look forward to some spectacular views, as you walk across the walkways against the rock walls and along Lake Penedo Furado. You’ll conclude your excursion with a relaxing boat trip on the Zezere river, where you can rest for a while after all that hiking. Once back on land, you will be treated to a delicious picnic at the end.

The excursion takes place on day 3 for the 7-night stay and on day 4 for the 9-night stay. You will meet your guide at the Convento de Serta Hotel before driving to the excursion in your rental car.

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If you book this deal before 35 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.

Additional Information

Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Ltd. for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.

Secret Escapes Limited is a company registered in England & Wales under number 07026107, registered office 120 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD, United Kingdom.© Secret Escapes 2021

Price changes

Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.

COVID-19 info

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be additional entry requirements in effect at your destination, which are subject to change at short notice. Please familiarise yourself with the latest requirements before departure via your government's foreign advice service.

Rental insurance:

An excess risk applies in the event of theft or damage. A credit card deposit is required upon arrival. Comprehensive insurance, non-life insurance, liability insurance, theft insurance and cover for glass, tires, floor and roof damage is included. You will receive all rental car information along with your travel documents.


Max 2 people per room

Single supplement

The single supplement is based on travel dates and duration of travel. You will see the final price in the booking process.

Children’s Discount

On the basis of two full-paying adults, a discount for children may be offered dependent on the chosen travel dates and length of stay. You will see the applicable discount in the final booking process. Please note: children up to 12 months old receive a discount on the plane ticket, but will not receive a seat or baggage allowance.


Pets are not permitted on this trip due to international plane travel.

Flight times

Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. Don't forget to check the actual flight times before departure on the website of the airline or the airport to avoid inconvenient surprises.

Travel documents

You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 5 days prior to departure at the latest.


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Excursion meeting point

On the day of your excursion, you will meet your guide at 9.30 am in the lobby of the Convento da Serta Hotel.

Convento da Serta Hotel
Rua do Convento nº12
Serta, Portugal