Walking holiday Gerês National Park Portugal

8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!8 day Self guided walking holiday Peneda Gerês National Park Portugal traditional villages wildlife good food and friendly people live a new adventure!

Book now


  • Category: Walking, Family Tours, Peneda Gerês National Park
  • Tour Grade: Moderate View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Distance: 12 kms
  • Available: From 1st February to 1st November
  • Meeting Point: Soajo
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1
  • Price: on request
  • Included: 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Soajo; Transfer from Porto to Soajo and return transfer to Porto airport/city; Transfers from hotel to walking areas and return to hotel; Garmin GPS device with tracks for each day, walking booklet and local maps; Local telefone support line.

Walking holiday Gerês National Park Portugal - 8 days (self-guided, long or short distances).

Immerse yourself in Portugal's wild landscape on 8 day centre based walking holiday in Soajo, Gerês National Park.

In the north of Portugal, Peneda-Gerês National Park lies between northeast Minho and Trás-Os-Montes regions. This protected area is known by its beautiful sights, diversified wildlife and flora. It also shelters more than 100 granite villages that, in many ways, have changed little since Portugal’s founding in the 12th century.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - Arrive in Soajo

Soajo is one of the most secret villages in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Soajo is dominated by a cluster of espigueiros and life here is intensely traditional.

If you arrive earlier, you can walk around Soajo to explore the local granaries (espigueiros), lagoons and decide which restaurant to eat in before a good night’s sleep.

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 2 - Circular hike around Soajo 

Uphill first on old paths you reach the hamlet of Adrão. Then you walk through the village on the way back to Soajo.

The last part of the hike you explore the old watermills in Soajo mountains.

Easy hike: 12 kms

Moderate hike: 16 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 3 - Circular hike around Lindoso (views over Spain and wildlife in Serra Amarela)

Leaving Lindoso you follow the ancient shepherd paths to the middle of Serra Amarela, one of the main mountain ranges in the National Park. During this track you can explore the wildlife in the mountains wild horses and wolves still living there. During this hike you enjoy a great view over Spain and Lindoso.

Moderate hike: 12 kms

Hard hike: 18 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 4 - Parada - Watermills and Penedo do Encanto (rock art) 

From lovely Parada the walk drops down steeply through old terraces to the Lima Valley. Then climb up and down through attractive woodland along a ridge to the Penedo do Encanto (rock art). The way back to Parada is a bit sleepery because the farmers made a water pipe to bring the water from the mountains to the village and sometimes some water runs along the path.

Moderate hike: 12 kms

Hard hike: 15 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 5 - Circular hike around Mezio (oak forests and megalithic monuments

From Mezio visitor centre you follow old tracks along the mountainside, westwards from Mezio. You walk along shepherd paths heading up toward the high point SW of Mezio, but just before the top you turn west and descend a rocky mountainside on a sometimes faint path to the small village of Boimo and then you go up to reach Mezio again.

Moderate hike: 12 kms

Hard hike: 18 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 6 - Gavieira and the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda

Leaving Gavieira our route passes through a wild, open, mountain section. Finally it gives magnificent views over the village of Peneda as it descends to the village on an ancient track. You finish the hike by the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda (Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Peneda), so you will have time to visit this old Sanctuary in the Peneda mountains.

Moderate hike: 11 kms

Hard hike: 17 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 7 - Ermida circular hike (shepherd shelters – brandas)

Situated at an altitude of around 541m, Ermida is one of the many hill villages which have developed and survived in isolation. Apart from spectacular scenery, this walk gives you a glimpse of the sucessful farming techiques which have been pursued over centuries and which remain almost unchanged even today.

Moderate hike: 11 kms

Hard hike: 19 kms

Overnight at Soajo

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport or city centre.

Included on self-guided walking holiday:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Soajo;
  • Transfer from Porto to Soajo and return transfer to Porto airport/city;
  • Transfers from hotel to walking areas and return to hotel;
  • Garmin GPS device with tracks for each day, walking booklet and local maps;
  • Local telefone support line.

Included on guided walking holiday:

  • 6 guided walks;
  • 6 picnic lunches with local food;
  • insurance;
  • walking poles;
  • binoculars;
  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Soajo;
  • Transfer from Porto airport/city to first hotel and return transfer (Soajo to Porto airport/city);
  • Transfers from hotel to walking areas and return to hotel;
  • Baggage transfers between the hotels;
  • Garmin GPS device with tracks, walking booklet and local maps;
  • Support line.

Optional services:

  • More walking days are available on request;
  • Extra nights during the holiday (on request);
  • Extra night in Porto (on request);
  • Extra activities (on request).

Meeting Point

Related tours

Donkey Trekking Peneda Gerês National Park, Portugal
Donkey Trekking
Donkey Trekking Peneda Gerês National Park, Portugal
7 days Moderate
More Info
Gerês National Park, Albergaria and Roman Road
Walking
Gerês National Park, Albergaria and Roman Road
4 hours Easy
More Info
Walking Holiday Northern Portugal Minho
Walking
Walking Holiday Northern Portugal Minho
8 days Moderate
More Info
Geres National Park tours: Soajo & Lindoso
Walking
Geres National Park tours: Soajo & Lindoso
9 hours Easy
More Info