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Discovering the Peneda-Gerês National Park

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The Peneda-Gerês National Park spans the Peneda, Soaja, Amerela and Gerês mountain ranges.

Traveling through the many miles of mesmerizing scenery between the plateaus of Castro Laboreiro and Mourela gives you the chance to witness mountain top splendors carved by the Ice Age and to meet the inhabitants of the numerous traditional villages in the area.

Given that one of the main goals of the Peneda-Gerês National Park is the conservation of the area’s soil, water, flora and fauna, visiting the park allows you to not only venture through the pristine forest of such places as Ramiscal, Albergaria and Cabril, but also through woodland, meadows and pastures.

If you are lucky you can also spot wolves, golden eagles and the elusive Pyrenean desman that inhabit these mountain ridges. This is without doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will be hard pressed to find in any other part of Portugal.

Also, travelling through the area, either by car or on foot, will help you to get in touch with nature with the Peneda-Gerês Natonal Park offers a variety of trails for you to explore.

Before you begin the trek home, savour some of the local delicacies: goat meat, ham, cured sausage, traditional stews and soups, pork and cod are all on the menu, including the famous “cozido de feijão” (bean stew) with cauliflower grown locally in Rio Caldo.

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