The Portuguese Tourist Office recently sent over an excellent information guide to the country’s vibrant parks and natural habitats. We’ll roll out the information slowly, so you get a chance to really soak it in.
To start, we’ll preview Peneda-Gêres National Park way up north:
The Peneda-Gerês National Park is a stunningly beautiful wilderness of rugged granite mountains mixed with forest and fields of flowers. Lower lying areas offer conifer and broadleaved forests including some rare native woodland that contain oaks. The National Park covers a 70,000 metric acres. The striking mountains reach 1500 meters in rough granite. Here you will find the only surviving, untouched Roman road, complete with markers, on the Peninsula, and wild Gerês horses, roaming the wilderness. The spa town of Gerês offers water that is like silk, and renews you at first touch. Ancient villages fill the northern part, with a lake built around a sunken town.
For more information on the national park, click here.
Visitors looking for accommodations in the area can stay at the nearby Pousada do Gêres Caniçada – São Bento, which is a former hunter’s chalet built out of stone and wood from the region. For more information and reservations, click here.
Photo credit: Peneda-Gêres National Park
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