Peneda-Gerês National Park
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  • Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

    1. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

    Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside.

    It was amazing, wow, started off being picked up from our hotel which was great. We had a ride of 1.5 hrs, which was still entertaining thanks to Emanuel was great, charismatic fun and informative. We got there and kayaked and paddle boarded it was so amazing peaceful and fun enjoying stunning views thanks to the know of Emanuel. We followed on to an amazing Portugese Lunch which was delicious and various, they even catered for the dietary options of the whole group some of which were gluten free and vegan. After this we went a but offroading which was fun and drove to this secret water fall swimming spot which was breathtaking. We then were driven back to our hotel in porto. All in all a big credit to this amazing experience was Emanuel he made it fun and memorable for all of us. Such a character, thank you so much Emanuel! Emma and James!

  • From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

    2. From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

    Head to Gerês National Park on this 10-hour excursion from Porto. Stop for coffee along the way, before arriving at the park. From June to September, enjoy an 8-kilometer hike that takes you past 10 magnificent natural pools (from November to May, the hike will be 10 kilometers long). Stop to enjoy a refreshing swim along the way. Once you reach the heart of the Park, enjoy a picnic as you admire the stunning views around you. A small picnic will be provided, but if everyone brings something to share, it will be more of a feast.  After taking in the views and fresh air, you’ll return to Porto.

    The experience was amazing! It was adventurous and fun :) Miguel was hilarious and very knowledgeable!! Well done to the team :) we had a great time ! Highly recommended!!

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    3. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

    Just an amazing day. We can only recommend it. A lot of things to learn, to discover with the guide. We were not used to take a guide, but for this time, it was very helpfull to find what to see and where to go. Just go and enjoy!

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

    4. Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

    After a pick-up from your hotel in the morning, you will travel in a climate-controlled minivan towards the amazing Peneda-Gerês National Park. Arrive at the foot of the mountains and catch a glimpse of the wonderful Albufeira da Caniçada, where the beautiful Cávado River lies. Then, start your way up into the mountains while admiring the surrounding nature.  Enjoy the journey and admire the local fauna and flora, stop at the amazing old village, Vilarinho das Furnas, now submersed in water. Then, head to Mata da Albergaria, the most protected area in the park, for a easy hike to view some wonderful lagoons. Near Gerês village, it is time to feast on a delicious picnic lunch. Eating in one of the many available locations is a way of taking advantage of the beautiful nature.  Be amazed with the Pedra Bela viewpoint, situated 800 meters above sea level. From this height, you'll have the ...

    We had a great excursion. Our guide Hugo is very nice, he has a lot of knowledge, he arranged the tour according our interest and we could see everything what we wanted in this beautiful Peneda Geres park. Thanks a lot :)

  • Hiking and Sightseeing - Peneda Geres National Park

    5. Hiking and Sightseeing - Peneda Geres National Park

    Complete your trip in Portugal with a visit to the beautiful Peneda-Geres National Park. Experience breathtaking nature, traditional culture and the kindness of locals. Discover the mountains, rivers, waterfalls and magnificent settings on this carefully curated tour with your local guides. You will travel by 4x4 vehicle and on foot to different locations of great scenery and natural value within the park. Learn about and observe local flora and fauna and dip into incredible natural lagoons. You will break for lunch and enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine. On this tour you will have plenty of opportunities for stunning panoramic photographs and your guides will be happy to take any shots for you. 

  • Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

    6. Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

    Enjoy a unique experience that will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful nature routes in the water in a Kayak: the Açudes section. Discover the route that connects Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima. Cross safely fast dams with a low degree of difficulty, inserted in a pollution-free valley, allowing you to enjoy nature in its pure and relaxing state. During this experience, you will be accompanied by a monitor in the water and a support vehicle outside the river, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and pros.

    Amazing Canoe Tour with more than kind people!! It was a pleasure, ask for Ricardo ;)

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    7. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    Step inside wolf territory to experience the joys of nature at its very best. Depending on the season and your interests the tour guides can suggest a number of different and varied routes. In all cases, they guarantee you will reach a mountain summit and enjoy the many spectacular views across the wild open landscapes. Discover a variety of landscapes of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, from steep valleys to smooth plateaus and from rocky summits to serene meadows. Explore the far reaches of the area far from the crowds, with increased chances of seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat. Discover several landmarks of traditional communitarian shepherding which has been practiced for thousands of years. Challenge yourself and be rewarded with this magnificently gratifying day.

  • Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

    8. Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

    Travel to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, passing by luxurious green mountains, untouched forests, and crystal clear lakes and waterfalls. On the way, you will be able to enjoy viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes.  You can discover the roots of this old civilization and the traditions kept alive by the locals at the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho da Furna, before sitting down to enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Following lunch, your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you to one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the country, which is the Mountain Shrine of São Bento da Porta Aberta. After this visit, it's time to relax on a river beach, while enjoying a cocktail harmonized with regional flavours.

  • Portugal: Peneda Gerês National Park by Electric Bike

    9. Portugal: Peneda Gerês National Park by Electric Bike

    Take an exciting ride where you will discover the main landmarks throughout the four mountains of Peneda Gerês National Park, including Serra da Peneda, Serra Amarela, Serra do Gerês and Serra do Soajo. The experienced guides help you discover sites where you can enjoy the lush green landscapes, waterfalls and natural pools with crystal clear water, mountain villages and the most diverse stories and particularities of each region. The electric mountain bikes will take you further and faster on a 130km ride with a 3500-meter drop that can be done in two intense days, from the Pitões da Júnias on the east side to Entre Ambos-os-Rios on the west side of the park, passing through mountains, valleys and villages.

  • Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

    10. Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

    Walk through several sites, valleys, waterfalls, fauna and flora. Join this tour and visit the country’s most northern park, Peneda Gerês, and fall in love with Vila do Gerês. On this tour you will receive an introduction to the Peneda–Gerês National Park, which is perhaps the most exciting destination for local and international tourists and specifically nature lovers. The park was created in 1971, and since then has been the only one of its kind in the country. In 2009, it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a status that reinforced the protection measures taken to keep the beauty and natural importance of the region. This full-day tour is perfect to connect with nature and to escape the busy city environment.

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What people are saying about Peneda-Gerês National Park

Great day spent in the Peneda-Gêres National Park. An excursion that lived up to our expectations. Hiking for several kilometers, 4x4 tour, typical regional lunch. Swimming under a waterfall was a real plus. My mom had no trouble keeping up with the pace and really enjoyed it. Our guide Pedro was particularly warm. He takes great pleasure in showing us around his region and passing on his knowledge to us. I highly recommend !

The experience was amazing! It was adventurous and fun :) Miguel was hilarious and very knowledgeable!! Well done to the team :) we had a great time ! Highly recommended!!

he's the best tour guide I've ever met, and i bet you will not regret your choice here! just try it here!!!!!

Verry Nice day,verry good guide Pedro Nice company ,good weather and Nice swim

It's worth the walk. The staff is very kind and helpful