The Peneda-Gerês National Park located in Minho region, Northern Portugal was created in 1971 and comprises the mountains of Peneda, Soajo, Amarela and Gerês and nowadays is the only National Park in Portugal.
Peneda Gerês National Park (in Portuguese: Parque Nacional da Peneda – Gerês – PNPG) covers an area of 70 000 ha and comprises 22 rural villages divided through the towns of Arcos de Valdevez, Melgaço, Montalegre, Ponte da Barca and Terras de Bouro. The National Park together with the Spanish Nature Park Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés forms transboundary Biosphere Reserve Gerês-Xurés, declared by UNESCO in 2009.
"The National Park is home to endemic fauna and flora, as Gerês lily, Iberian wolf, wild horses, ibex and deer - the park’s symbol."
Aside from the wild animals, domestic species such as barrosã and cachena cows with long horns, goats and autochthonous sheep also inhabit the park and can be very easily seen. The history of the National Park is also imprinted in the local heritage: the castles of Castro Laboreiro and Lindoso, the Roman road, megalithic monuments, granaries, seasonal settlements - a living testimony of human occupation over the years.
With its granite landscape, oak forests, traditional villages, streams and valleys, Peneda Gerês National Park offers breathtaking scenery for nature lovers.
"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".