Donkey Trekking Peneda Gerês National Park, Portugal

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  • Category: Donkey Trekking, Family Tours, Peneda Gerês National Park
  • Tour Grade: Moderate View Tour Grades
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Distance: 75 km
  • Available: April to November
  • Meeting Point: Parada, Ponte da Barca
  • Minimum N.º of Participants: 1
  • Price: from 750€

Book a family adventure in Northern Portugal, our donkey trekking in the Peneda-Gerês National Park gives you the opportunity to explore the land of the Iberian wolves, deers and wild horses, many wildlife still live in the most remote areas of the Gerês National Park.

Aside from the wild animals, domestic species such as cattle with long horns, goats and autochthonous sheep also inhabit the park and happen to be easily found. The history of the National Park is imprinted in the local heritage such as Lindoso castle, granaries, seasonal settlements, living testimony of human occupation over the years.

With its granite landscape, oak forests, traditional villages, streams and valleys, the Peneda Gerês National Park offers great scenery for nature lovers.

Book this tour and discover some of the most wonderful trails and picturesque villages within the park. 

Don’t worry about carrying your children or your belongings because our donkeys will carry them for you.

  • Recommended for children from 4 years old.
  • Maximum weight per donkey: 40 kg.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival in Parada, Peneda – Gerês National Park.

Parada is a rural village which overlooks the Lima river and where the main attraction are the local lagoons and the old stone granaries where corn is stored.
Depending on your arrival time in Parada, you can explore the village – there is one restaurant. If you arrive in the morning, you will have the possibility to spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the local lagoons.
Your home for the next two nights is a beautiful converted farm house in Parada.
Dinner and Overnight at Parada

Day 2 – Parada watermills - 8 km

You will meet your donkey in the morning when we will show you how to treat and take care of him after which we will set off for a walk through the Parada village.
Following ancient paths created by the locals in order to reach the old mills we will visit some watermills in Parada. During this walking tour, we will meet the local community and learn about the local traditions associated with the mills as well as water management which is an essential resource for the local people.
Overnight at Parada

Day 3 – From Parada to Lindoso - 7 km

You follow ancient footpaths walking through oak forests and enjoy stunning views over Lima Valley. The hike ends at Lindoso.
For many centuries Lindoso played a key role in the defence of the Portuguese frontier. Its main attractions today are the old castle and the country’s largest collections of granaries (total of 54 granaries) standing around the communal threshing floor.
Overnight at Lindoso

Day 4 – Serra Amarela, wild horses and Iberian wolf area - 8 km

Following the footsteps of shepherds and cattle towards the high pastures of Serra Amarela (Yellow Mountain), you will visit an area rich in wilderness. In Serra Amarela there are still living the last Iberian wolves in Portugal and the garrano wild horses, an endangered breed of horse from Northern Portugal.
During this walk you can admire beautiful views over Spain or see the wild horses as well as the wolf tracks.
Overnight at Lindoso

Day 5 - From Lindoso to Soajo – 14 km

Leaving Lindoso in the morning you follow the footsteps of shepherds and cattle towards different villages inside the National Park. During this day, you go through terraced fields, oak forests and deep valleys and walking through the villages of Paradela and Cunhas you can learn about the inhabitants’ lifestyle.
Overnight at Soajo

Day 6 - Paths of bread and Paths of faith, Soajo – 5 km

You will meet your donkey in the morning when we will show you how to treat and take care of him after which we will set off for a walk through the Path of Bread and Faith.
Faith because it is one of the main pilgrimage routes to the Monastery of Senhora da Peneda and Bread because it leads to the local watermills.
We will walk through stony paths with deep grooves used by ox-drawn carts transporting first corn from the village to the watermills and then flour on the way back. The way starts and ends at your place of stay and after our walk you can spend the rest of the day at a hidden natural pool where you can swim and relax.
Overnight at Soajo


Day 7 – Departure.

After breakfast you say good bye to our donkey.

What´s included on self-guided program (without a guide)?

  • 6 nights in cottages with private room, private WC and fully equipped kitchen;
  • 6 breakfasts;
  • 1 dinner;
  • 5 days donkey rent - one donkey;
  • Luggage transfers between hotels;
  • Accommodation and food for donkey;
  • Saddle and saddle bag to carry your picnic;
  • Rental Garmin GPS with tracks;
  • Roadbook: information pack including maps, route notes and guidebook ;
  • Emergency support.


Optional services:

  • Guided donkey trekking: on request.
  • Transfers from Porto airport to the first hotel in Parada and transfer from last hotel to Porto;
  • Extra night in Peneda Gerês National Park;
  • Picnics: on request;
  • Short donkey trekking Peneda-Gerês National Park (from 3 days);
  • Extra donkey: more donkeys are available on request and extra price.


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