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.
Tours in Serra D'Arga
"Fantastic experience! We stayed 8 nights in the same hotel in Viana do Castelo. Our daily walks were fun, scenic and interesting. Our guides were outstanding. The daily picnic lunches, also outstanding, delicious local food. We did not have to carry our lunches while hiking each day."
"My sister and I booked this tour as we both enjoy unspoilt nature, hiking, and exploring a less travelled part of Portugal. We were so glad we did! Serra D'Arga is beautiful! It was so enjoyable to hike off the beaten track amidst natural streams and pools, the many waterfalls and old watermills".
"My husband & I found our day hiking with Agostinho to be the highlight of our trip to Portugal. We visited the villages of Soajo & Lindoso and hiked the surrounding countryside. This allowed us to experience traditional Portuguese life".
"Donkey tour: We were hiking for two days with the donkey. Both tours were very nice, very well organized by Nicholas and the animal is super nice. We were all thrilled, especially our eight-year-old son. We are happy to come back and can only do the tour recommend!"
"Agostinho arranged walks and went through each day with us so we knew exactly what was happening and when. The walks were tailored to our needs (I'm the wrong side of 70) and were without fail a really excellent introduction to the many varied splendours of the Gerês National Park".