Around Serra D’Arga there are seven mountain villages (Montaria, Dem, Arga de S. João, Arga de Baixo, Arga de Cima, Covas and Cerquido). These villages preserve some of the rural heritage and the local customs and are all situated within municipalities of Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha.
Serra D’Arga covers an area of 4493 ha and is considered one of the main wilderness areas in Portugal mainland, keeping natural habitats of wild fauna and flora and for this reason, classified as Nature Reserve - Nature 2000.
"Iberian wolves and garrano wild horses still living in this Mountain"
Walking through Serra D’Arga you can enjoy a stunning view of the mountains that reach the sea but you can also see garranos - a species of wild horses that live only in Serra D’Arga and in the Peneda – Gerês National Park. A Serra D’Arga is as well a territory of Iberian Wolf and while walking through the mountain area you can sometimes see their tracks.
Serra D´Arga is famous for its watermills, waterfalls and natural lagoons.
"The walks showed us fabulous views and glimpses of a lifestyle in tune with nature which has gone from the UK.The wildlife, both plant and animal, is rich and varied and the topography and geology fascinating". A must do experience for everyone interested in walking and or wildlife.
"I traveled at the end of April with my sister on the 7 day walk in Northern Portugal. We enjoyed stunning scenery, quaint Portuguese villages, Atlantic coastline and historic towns. I would highly recommend this walking tour to others. It was a very enjoyable week!"
We spent 2 days donkey trekking... We were well looked after and supplied with everything we needed. The kids loved taking it in turns to ride the donkeys. The accommodation was amazing and nothing like we expected. I would highly recommend anyone with young family’s to do this as it will give your kids (and you) an experience they will never forget. Amazing!
"This company is doing wonderful stuff both in showing what life and the countryside is like in Minho, working to maintain some of the basic structures and skills of country life, and in giving a wonderfully gentle and careful experience to people like us."
"We really enjoyed our half day watermill tour with Augustihno. He was very informative and passionate about preserving the history of life in Montaria. Walking through the rural villages gives an amazing appreciation for history and culture of northern Portugal. And the picnic lunch was an excellent finale to the trip giving us a sample of local delicacies".