Customized Walking and Biking Tours

In the heart of Portugal, there was a group of adventurous souls who were looking for an extraordinary journey. They were looking for an adventure holiday that would take them beyond the typical tourist experience and immerse them in the regenerative wonders of this country. Their search led them to a company called Portugal A2Z Walking & Biking, which promised to help them discover the hidden treasures of Portugal and provide a truly immersive encounter with the country’s vibrant culture.

In the spirit of slow travelling, visitors can discover unique and special places away from the tourist crowds in a small group (6-12 people) with the help of expert guides. It wasn’t just about sightseeing, but also about connecting with the locals, immersing themselves deeply in Portuguese culture and enjoying the essence of their favourite pastimes, be it hiking or cycling, all in the midst of breathtaking landscapes.

On their journey, they were welcomed with open arms by the locals, who were willing to share their stories, traditions and the well-kept secrets of their ancestral heritage. In this exchange, the visitors had the extraordinary opportunity to experience the true soul of Portugal, a country that would captivate their senses, revitalise their minds and leave a lasting impression on their hearts.

Why is it regenerative?

Portugal A2Z Walking & Biking’s approach to regenerative tourism lies in its commitment to fostering deep connections between travellers and local communities. This approach not only benefits local communities, but also creates a transformative travel experience for visitors that aligns with the principles of regenerative tourism – sustainability and mutual enrichment.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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