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.
"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".