Peneda-Gerês National Park
Biosphere reserve, natural wildlife and mountain villages
Located in northeast Portugal, the Peneda-Gerês, the only Portuguese protected region classified as a National Park, is a proud member of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
An authentic world of its own, human activity is incorporated with Nature in a harmonious manner whereby ancient values and traditions handed down from the ages live on in the villages and areas of the Park.
Fill your lungs with fresh air as you ramble through the National Park. On sunny days, the green landscape is bathed in an all-pervading blue light rising from the waters of the many rivers and lakes. The mountain villages of Castro Laboreiro, Peneda and Soajo are enchanting, mysterious places, where time appears to have stopped still amid the typical rustic architecture and ancestral traditions of their population. The local cuisine is a revelation of unique flavours and traditions. Experience the life of the local inhabitants as you discover the incredible granite maize stores that are still used today, visit the beehives that produce the famous pure Gerês honey, see how local ceramics are handcrafted, and enjoy a glass of Vinho Verde wine and a slice of local corn bread classified by CNN Slow Food as one of the best breads in the world.
This itinerary ends in the millennial towns of Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez, doors to the World Biosphere Reserve, where your will wish to stroll amongst medieval houses and across bridges where the sound of running water, birds and buzzing blue dragonflies fill the air.
- 8D / 7N / 6 stages
- Medium and challenging
- Minimum: 2 pax