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Ref 98: Discovering Peneda-Gerês in a 4x4 vehicle 3Days/3Nights
The Park covers the territories of Arcos de Valdevez, Melgaço, Montalegre, Ponte da Barca and Terras de Bouro and is the only National Park within Portugal. This protected area, considered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, is one of the main attractions in Portugal due to its landscape beauty and biodiversity.
From 325€ p/ person
- 3 nights in double room w/ breakfast
- Entrances to the 5 Gates of the National Park
- 3 Guided tours
- 3 Lunches
- Discount voucher in other activities
- Personal expenses
- Any expenditure not mentioned or included in the program
- Transfer from/to Gerês
Price varies depending on the time of year.
DAY 1: Check-in.
Accommodation in Castro Laboreiro: Hotel.
- Visit to the Gate of Lamas de Mouro
The National Park gates are welcoming structures to visitors located in the main entrances of the protected area and connected by the road network. The visitor can consult the generic information about the region, as well as the existent walking trails and several exhibitions about the natural and cultural values of the PNPG.
The Gate of Lamas de Mouro, in Melgaço’s county, is the northern gate of the park. Here you can visit the thematic exhibition ‘Territorial planning’, which is addressed to the natural and cultural particularities of the territory of Melgaço, with a special incidence on the history and Man’s occupation in the parish of Castro Laboreiro. Its exterior is ideal for relaxing and walking by Mouro’s riverside.
- Visit to the Gate of Mezio
The Gate of Mezio, in the county of Arcos de Valdevez, will be the second Gate to visit.
In its exterior are worthy of note the Biodiversity Park and the Agro-forestry-pastoral complex of Peneda and Soajo Mountains (a 3D model of the territory). The gate also has an observation tower, a pool and a picnic area, thus providing several points of interest to visitors.
Located near a megalithic necropolis and very close to a second one, in Gião, the treasures of the Gate are complemented by a museum centre.
Accommodation in Arcos de Valdevez: Hotel.
- Visit to the Gate of Lindoso
The third Gate of the National Park to visit is the Gate of Lindoso, in the county of Ponte da Barca. As an extension of this gate, Lindoso Castle possesses an exhibit of collectibles from the Military Museum, ranging from the 14th to the 19th century.
- Visit to Baños in Bande
Aquis Querquennis, popularly known as A Cidá, was a Roman camp located in the parish of Os Baños, in the county of Ourensino de Bande, Galicia, and was occupied from the last quarter of the 1st century to the middle of the 2nd century. It was probably built to monitor the Via XVIII or the Via Nova, a roman road that connected Bracara Augusta (Braga, in Portugal) to Asturica Augusta (Astorga, in Spain).
Here you can visit the remains of the Roman camp and relax for a while in the warm waters of a natural hotspring, inside bathtubs left by our roman ancestors.
- Visit to the Gate of Campo do Gerês
The Gate of Campo do Gerês, in the county of Terras de Bouro, is the forth Gate to visit. There’s an exhibit called ‘History and civilizations’. The Gate is subdivided into two spaces: one dedicated to the visitors’ reception and the other one for the sale of regional products. It has an exhibition area, distributed by 7 rooms, approaching themes such as geology, water, biodiversity, human occupation and the local cultural and historical values, most directly connected to the Geira (Roman road).
In the same building is located the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho das Furnas and, by its side, the Geira Museum. This group of infrastructures forms the Museum Centre of Campo do Gerês.
Accommodation in Gerês: Hotel.
- Visit to Pitões das Júnias
This village is full of tradition and cultural heritage. Its picturesque and remote location gives it a special atmosphere.
The Pitões das Júnias Monastery, or Santa Maria de Júnias, it’s presumed to have occurred in the end of the 9th century, when hermits settled in the region and organized themselves in communities. During the Portuguese Restoration War for independence, after 1640, an attack by the Spanish army to the village ended with a fire that left the monastery in ruins. It was later restored, however, with the extinction of religious orders, in 1834, the convent was abandoned and, some years later, another fire destroyed everything but the church.
- Visit to the Gate of Paradela
The Gate of Paradela, in Montalegre’s county, will be the last of the five Gates to visit. It has a small exhibition allusive to some of the tree species existent in the National Park.
This Gate is installed in the building of the Ecomuseum of Barroso, which also provides interesting information about the region.
Minimum of 4 participants for this package.