Written on: 13/01/2013 by AlvaroRueda (1 review written)
We went on self organised holiday in the Algarve ( Best of Algarve) and had the best time. The walking notes were clear and if we did take a wrong turn it was our mistake as we were chatting too much. Accommodations were all different and excellent in their own separate ways. The transfers were always prompt efficient and the driver on time. In the week we experienced very different scenery from orange groves to mountains to countryside to cliffs - it was amazing. Thanks Julie for a great time. (read more)
Written on: 10/11/2011
We just spent a great week with Julie in the north of Portugal where we walked along the Lima Valley from the coast eastwards in land to take in the Penedes National Park. There was different scenery each day and and we were also given an insight into how the local people live, their traditions and history. We stayed at a small family hotel in Viana do Castelo where we were treated to some great dinners cooked personally for us. From here we moved to Casa da Arrabalde the home of Isabel and... (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2011
Let me say at the outset, that Portugal is a magnificent country, and clearly Julie, founder of Portugal Walks, knows the country well. And again, on the positive side, we stayed in comfortable, clean establishments. That having been said, we chose to take a self-guided walk, and the directions were nothing short of a disaster. If anybody does this, it is imperative to carry a cell phone. Most of the time we could get in touch with Julie who did her best to set us straight. But we are fairly... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2010 by lisasmith10 (1 review written)
We had never been to Portugal before and were not sure what to expect and all I can say is that we had a brilliant week. Portugal Walks were so helpful from the first e-mail inquiry until they met us from the train at Tunes. The accommodations were so different but good and the hosts in all the places were so friendly. Our driver Peter was always prompt and gave us background information that was not in the guide books and the walks were so very different that was what so great.
In April the... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2010 by portugalwalks (1 review written)
This is in response to a previous review about Madeira which I thought was not at all our experience. We had a brilliant time, excellent service, great hotels and good walks.
The previous review was griping about one hotel where we had a a good clean room and good breakfast.
The whole trip from beginning to end was superb. (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2010
Madeira is a spectacularly beautiful island; however, we went with portugalwalks.com and I can not recommend the company. On our final night we were placed in a hotel that was a dump. My son and I had separate rooms. His had an unflushed toilet and a used tampon. Need I say more? (Mine was similarly dirty.) I bought 2 rooms at a lovely nearby hotel and e-mailed portugalwalks immediately explaining the situation and saying I would like a refund for that portion of the trip. I was e-mailed... (read more)
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