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.
" We did a family donkey tour. Our kids with 3 and 5 years-old, really enjoyed the tour with Linda and Carriça. Serra D´Arga mountain is quiet and wonderful! It was a fantastic day!"
"My wife booked the waterfalls and making traditional corn bread tour. Given the current Covid-19 circumstances I was impressed by the measures in place. Agostinho wore a visor and mask, the lunch had separate tables for us and gel to clean our hands."
"Short and light hike through the forest. Great swims in the lagoons and under the waterfalls. Our guide had a lot of knowledge about the environment and his English was very good. The picnic at the end was in a beautiful spot with only local fruits, jams, sausages and bread. I definitely recommend it!"
"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".
"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".