Gerês, caminhadas e ar puro
Gerês is the simplest way to refer to the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Located in the North of Portugal, the area is sought after by nature lovers for the practice of mountain and water sports. The villages show centuries-old rural architecture and popular traditions.
The Nature Park has different programmes and activities to choose from. Get ready for a walk with comfortable clothes and shoes. But first, pay a visit to the Ethnographic Museum, which an exhibition on the extinct village of Vilarinho das Furnas. Nearby, you can enter the Águia do Sarilhão Trail. The entire trail is 9 km long and takes 3 to 4 hours to finish.
You can also just go to the Vilarinho das Furnas Reservoir and return. On this path, you’ll find Geira parts and landmarks, an ancient Roman road. When you arrive at the Reservoir, if the water level is low, you can see part of the flooded houses of Vilarinho. Continuing along the left bank of the Reservoir, you’ll arrive at the Albergaria Forest, one of the most important oak forests in the Park.
For your afternoon, we recommend a car ride to the Arado Waterfall. If the weather allows, it’s possible to take a bath in the waterfalls. Cross the Bridge over the River Caldo and make a brief stop at the S. Bento da Porta Aberta Monastery.
To finish the afternoon, head to Terras de Bouro where you’ll be able to visit the village and find a restaurant to delight yourself with a Minho dish.
+ Points of Interest
- Roman Geira Interpretive Nucleus
- Gerês Thermal Baths
- Garrano Interpretation Centre
- Horse Riding
- Caniçada Reservoir
- Portela do Homem
- Geira UltraTrail