Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

O Parque Nacional da Peneda - Gerês, localizado na região do Minho, Norte de Portugal, foi consagrado como tal em 1971. O Parque abrange as serras da Peneda, do Soajo, Amarela e do Gerês, sendo o único Parque Nacional em Portugal. 

O Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês (PNPG), possui uma área aproximada de 70.000 ha e abrange um território de 22 freguesias distribuídas pelos concelhos de Arcos de Valdevez, Melgaço, Montalegre, Ponte da Barca e Terras de Bouro.

A área Protegida do Parque Nacional da Peneda - Gerês forma em conjunto com o parque natural espanhol da Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés, o Parque Transfronteiriço Gerês - Xurés, declarado em 27 de Maio de 2009, pela UNESCO como Reserva da Biosfera Transfronteiriça Gerês-Xurés.

"O Parque Nacional da Peneda – Gerês alberga, ainda, hoje espécies de fauna e flora que são raras em Portugal, incluindo espécies selvagens como o Lobo Ibérico, a Cabra Montês e o Corço – símbolo do Parque Nacional."

Os animais domésticos fazem parte da fauna local, nomeadamente a vaca Cachena e a Barrosã, as cabras e as ovelhas autóctones. A população do Parque, ainda hoje mantém viva a tradição da pastorícia.

A história do Parque Nacional encontra-se presente no castelo de Castro Laboreiro, no Castelo de Lindoso, na Geira Romana, nos espigueiros, nas brandas e inverneiras, testemunhos vivos da ocupação humana ao longo dos séculos.

Com paisagens de granito e manchas florestais de carvalho, com aldeias tradicionais, com rios e vales glaciares, o Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês oferece em qualquer época do ano, excelentes condições para os amantes da natureza.

"The walks showed us fabulous views and glimpses of a lifestyle in tune with nature which has gone from the UK.The wildlife, both plant and animal, is rich and varied and the topography and geology fascinating". A must do experience for everyone interested in walking and or wildlife.
Elaine J. - Port talbot
"I traveled at the end of April with my sister on the 7 day walk in Northern Portugal. We enjoyed stunning scenery, quaint Portuguese villages, Atlantic coastline and historic towns. I would highly recommend this walking tour to others. It was a very enjoyable week!"
Joanna - Canada
We spent 2 days donkey trekking... We were well looked after and supplied with everything we needed. The kids loved taking it in turns to ride the donkeys. The accommodation was amazing and nothing like we expected. I would highly recommend anyone with young family’s to do this as it will give your kids (and you) an experience they will never forget. Amazing!
Kelly - UK
"This company is doing wonderful stuff both in showing what life and the countryside is like in Minho, working to maintain some of the basic structures and skills of country life, and in giving a wonderfully gentle and careful experience to people like us."
John N. - United Kingdom
"De hele uitstap duurt 4 uur, maar echt wandelen doe je ongeveer een uur. De rest mag je in heerlijke rotsmeertjes met watervallen zwemmen. Commentaar van mijn dochter van 10: dit was de leukste wandeling OOIT!"
Koen B - Netherlands
"We really enjoyed our half day watermill tour with Augustihno. He was very informative and passionate about preserving the history of life in Montaria. Walking through the rural villages gives an amazing appreciation for history and culture of northern Portugal. And the picnic lunch was an excellent finale to the trip giving us a sample of local delicacies".
Barbara D - Canada