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Peneda-Gerês - Self Guided Hike Crossing the National Park – Supported 24h

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Peneda-Gerês - Self Guided Hike Crossing the National Park – Supported 24h

Discover the National Park through the GR50 Path. Truly motivated by the culture and way of life of the communities that have long inhabited this area, the Peneda-Gerês Path reveals Roman roads and medieval pavements; paths used for seasonal transhumance between summer and winter settlements; old tracks traveled by herdsmen to upland meadows. Throughout its length there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the rich historical and archaeological heritage of the National Park, to live with the traditions and culture of the communities that inhabit these mountains and to enjoy local flavours. Stage by stage follow on features of natural interest, among which the oak forests are outstanding, true sanctuaries of biodiversity. Where various floral and faunal species characteristic of the National Park find shelter. At the highest levels the Path follows along the sides of the mountains and reaches summits where the peace and tranquility of the mountains can be appreciated.

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Discover the National Park through the GR50 Path. Truly motivated by the culture and way of life of the communities that have long inhabited this area, the Peneda-Gerês Path reveals Roman roads and medieval pavements; paths used for seasonal transhumance between summer and winter settlements; old tracks traveled by herdsmen to upland meadows. Throughout its length there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the rich historical and archaeological heritage of the National Park, to live with the traditions and culture of the communities that inhabit these mountains and to enjoy local flavours. Stage by stage follow on features of natural interest, among which the oak forests are outstanding, true sanctuaries of biodiversity. Where various floral and faunal species characteristic of the National Park find shelter. At the highest levels the Path follows along the sides of the mountains and reaches summits where the peace and tranquility of the mountains can be appreciated.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Porto!

Welcome to Portugal! Our Guide will pick you up in Porto town. Make yourself comfortable in the car while driving to the gates of the Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Transfer roughly - 120 minutes

Activities

  • Transfer To Hotel

Accommodation

Hotel Castrum Villae - Castro de Laboreiro

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 2

Hike from Ameijoeira to Picotim (Vido)

This stage begins at the hamlet of Ameijoeira, in the parish of Castro Laboreiro, a spot that marks the border between Portugal and Spain. Starting from the route information panel, the walk follows the road towards the village, towards the ‘Inverneira’ of Pontes. After passing the Castro Laboreiro river, the route continues by road until Pontes, one of several ‘Inverneiras’ that exist along the Laboreiro valley.

‘Inverneiras’ are small nuclei of temporary dwellings used in the coldest months of the year. They are located in the most sheltered areas of the valleys, as opposed to the ‘Brandas’, which are located in the highest upland areas, on the fringes of the Castro Laboreiro plateau, where people live during the warmer months.

Continuing North and following almost perfectly parallel to the river, you reach an old road that crosses a Roman bridge at Cava da Velha (the original bridge of Roman construction was adapted in medieval times), which then follows on the left-hand bank of the river. This is probably one of the most beautiful bridges built in the Laboreiro valleys.

As we climb, the ground underfoot and the surrounding environment changes, the route now following a livestock trail, giving access to the highest meadows and crossing an area essentially of scrub. The highest point (1100 meters) is reached in an area of woodland with oak, pine and birch trees, providing an important refuge for several species of fauna.

Follow the hiking trial taking you along rivers, view beautiful old Roman Bridges, through livestock spotted fields and lush forests

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Hike Starting Point
  • Hike From Ameijoeira To Picotim
  • Picnic

Accommodation

Hotel Castrum Villae - Castro de Laboreiro

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 3

Hike from Picotim to Peneda

Starting your hike from close to the Lamas de Mouro Park Gate, the route crosses the road and then passes over the Mouro River by way a walkway, towards the old, now restored, Forest Guard House. Then heading South (turning left), passing the picnic area.

The route then passes through a fabulous mixed woodland alongside the river Moura, almost to its source near Portela do Lagarto. After passing by the Bico de Pássaro Forestry House, the route starts climbing up to Portela do Lagarto, the highest point (1000 meters) on this section. On this climb up we can see, still preserved, part of the original pavement of the ancient path linking Lamas de Mouro to Senhora da Peneda.

After following for about a kilometre through Tieiras oak wood, the route crosses the municipal road again and then passes the bridge over the Tieiras river then running through a wooded area alongside an old Forestry House. There are about two kilometres left from this point to the end of this section. Shortly after passing the bridge, we turn right and join a narrow path that leads to small agricultural fields alongside the banks of the river.

Further ahead you will pass over the Peneda river, a superb place to freshen up in cool waters if the weather is warm enough. At this point the route will leave the municipal road to join farm tracks, giving opportunities to enjoy the agricultural landscape of the Peneda valley. The final part of this stage, follows the municipal road, ending about 200 meters before the shrine of Our Lady of Peneda. Take time to visit and enjoy this.

Hike along the remains of the original pavement of the ancient path linking Lamas de Mouro to Senhora da Peneda

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Picotim
  • Hike From Picotim To Peneda
  • Picnic

Accommodation

Hotel Peneda in Peneda Gerês

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 4

Hike from Peneda to Alto da Moela

Rejoining the original path at the foot of the Via Sacra, the route passes through the carpark and, before the bridge over the Peneda River. This track follows parallel to the river, between water-meadows and alvarinho oak woods. This will lead us to the hamlet of Beleiral. We pass through the village, with the Peneda river on the left-hand side.

After leaving Beleiral, across a forestry dirt track; near the confluence of the Peneda river with the Pomba, we cross the river and start the ascent towards the village of Tibo. In the centre of the village, it is worth looking at the village chapel, dedicated to the Holy Spirit. Leaving the village behind us, we walk about 100 meters along the main road until we join an old farm track, built almost entirely with stone slabs.

Follow on in the direction of Adrão, in woodland, which takes us down to Adrão forestry house. After passing the aforementioned forestry house, we now enter the local track that leads us directly to the village of Adrão. We cross the bridge over the river Adrão and pass through the village until we reach the cemetery. Here we continue along the access way to the chapel of Senhor da Paz which marks the end point of this stage. This is a very pleasant spot, inviting one to rest and reflect. Enjoy it!

At the end of todays hike youll have to opportunity to visit the chapel of Senhor da Paz, taking in the history and culture of the area

Activities

  • Hike From Peneda To Alto Da Moela
  • 30 Minutes Transfer From Alto Da Moela To Peneda Hotel
  • Picnic

Accommodation

Hotel Peneda in Peneda Gerês

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 5

Hike from Alto da Moela to Mezio

The walk begins at the churchyard of Senhor da Paz in Adrão and extends for about 8.5 kilometers before reaching Mezio. Along the way we breathe in the mountain air of the Serras da Peneda and Soajo with its rugged, impotent granite mountains. However the route reveals far more to us than simply a granite landscape.

Between the hills and valleys we find bucolic woods, the local flora and fauna, streams of crystalline waters, old summer cattle shelters, pilgrim way, another side of the mountains is revealed. The hues of the landscape change with each season, changing from the greens, purples and yellows of the warmer seasons, to the reddish-yellows of the autumn and the brown and grey tones of the winter which are often shrouded in mist.

Leaving from the information panel at Senhor da Paz and following the path to the rear of the chapel in a southerly direction (towards "Mezio"), we start the descent to Branda de Bordença, an old summer shelter for cattle, still retaining traces of the small nucleus of dwellings that were occupied during the warmest months of the year. The track leads us to a bridge across the Ribeira de Bordença, which leads us over to the Southern side of the stream.

The natural beauty of this place and the setting of Bordença within the surrounding landscape cannot fail to attract our attention! Spend a moment here to enjoy the peace and tranquility that it offers. Finally, you will reach the Mezio Park Gate, which you may visit and make use of the facilities available.

Hike between between the hills and valleys, noting the local flora and fauna and stunning landscapes that surround you

Activities

  • Transfer To Alto Da Moela
  • Hike From Alto Da Moela To Mezio
  • Picnic
  • Transfer To Hotel

Accommodation

Hotel Águas do Gerês in Gerês Village

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 6

Hike from Germil to Carvalheira

In addition to the landscapes and natural features of interest, this route exhibits an appreciable cultural and ethnographic heritage, since it introduces us to four mountain villages: Germil, Cutelo, Cortinhas and Brufe.

After visiting Germil, we take an old paved track and, we leave the village on its eastern side, passing through a gate that shuts out the livestock that grazes freely on the hills. Please remember to leave the gate as you found it. We leave the village behind us and enter an oak wood, which forms a patchwork with the farmed terraces. This mixed type of landscape has a very rich biodiversity, offering a high probability of seeing some faunal species of the National Park, namely birds, small rodents and reptiles.

Passing through Cutelo, take time to appreciate the beautiful espigieiros (maize stores) that are built across the track as well as the traditional architecture of the houses. After passing the chapel and through a gate across the path we walk through the well cared for fields belonging to Cutelo. A short distance ahead, we pass through two more gates, near the small bridge over Cruz stream, now already amongst the fields belonging to Cortinhas. The gates we pass through are there to prevent livestock and other animals from going into the cultivated fields, so be sure to close them.

From Brufe to Carvalheira, encountering the main scenic feature: the valley of the river Homem and the waters of the Vilarinho das Furnas reservoir. The route we pass from the Serra Amarela to the Serra do Gerês is separated by the river Homem.

Activities

  • Transfer To Germil
  • Hike From Germil To Carvalheira
  • Picnic
  • Transfer To Caldas Do Gers

Accommodation

Hotel Águas do Gerês in Gerês Village

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 7

Hike from Campo do Gerês to Caldas do Gerês

This stage links Campo do Gerês to Vila do Gerês using ancient paths and trails used by the local communities to access the natural resources of the mountains. The route is set in a mountain environment, crossing one of the ridges of the Gerês mountain range evidenced by the trig point of Lamas at an altitude of 958 meters. This being a watershed means that the first part of the route, specifically as far as Junceda, is uphill whilst the second part follows downslope.

After leaving the Campo do Gerês Park Gate follow to the right by a ‘Miliário’ (Roman granite milestone) onto a secondary track that follows alongside a small brook. Continue until finding a bridge that allows us to cross over the stream. From here, we follow in an Easterly direction on a footpath all the way up to Junceda.

After covering almost 4 kilometers we come to Junceda. The site is marked by the presence of an old forest guard house, now abandoned, around which there is a wooded area that has a great diversity of species including wild pines, birches, oaks and cedars. Here we follow to the left for about 200 meters and then enter onto a fenced in dirt track which gives access to Penedo da Freira, a promontory with a beautiful view. This was the stage for the love story of a nun from Porto.

We leave the hill by the well-trodden way down to the streets and towards the centre of Vila do Gerês. Following the continuation of the pedestrian crossing, by going down the steps we join onto the main avenue of the village, where this stage ends.

This stage of the hike gives rise to a promontory with a beautiful view, Penedo da Freira.

Activities

  • Transfer To Campo Do Gers
  • Hike From Campo Do Gers To Caldas Do Gers
  • Picnic

Accommodation

Hotel Águas do Gerês in Gerês Village

  • 3 Star Hotel
Day 8

Final Goodbyes

Transfer from Caldas do Gerês to Porto City, or another location if prearranged or required.

Your adventure in Peneda-Gerês National Park has come to an end. We hope to welcome you back and that you are able to share your experience with your friends and family.

Activities

  • Transfer To Porto City

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

All Ground Transport as per itinerary

VAT Fees

PLEASE NOTE: VAT Fee of 23% is not included in the pricing

Transfers

We can organize a transfer from/to another location in Porto with an additional fee.

Flights

All International/Domestic Flights

Meals

All Meals as per itinerary

Insurance

Mandatory Insurance is included in your package

Group Size

Minimum Group size for this adventure is 2 people, Maximum is 8 People. Group pricing is available on request

Created by
Carlos Moreira

I was born in Venezuela in 1967 and I´m the owner and guide of Honovitours. Since my youth, I had the taste for nature through camping with friends and family. At the age of 18, I discovered the pull towards mountaineering, I then became a climber and now I have climbed mountains from across all five continents on our precious planet earth.

Travel gives us our greatest stories, our most cherished memories and countless irreplaceable learnings that we can choose to pay forward to others. It teaches us about ourselves and each other, it broadens our horizons and, just like a reset button, it forces us to refocus on what really matters.

What travel means to me…leave our world a better place, meet different cultures, to learn, to escape reality, to relax, to explore, for humility, to eat, to be transformed, to live out your bucket list dreams and to get to know you and show you our beautiful country where people are hospitable, fun, simple, live with an open heart, where Fado is Portuguese, where you will find the best wines in the world, where gastronomy is unique and the landscapes are so amazing that you will miss them after witnessing them and embracing our Portugal!

I am a professional in mountaineering activities and since 1998 I started to guide Portuguese groups in Portugal and Spain. In 2010, I became an official mountain guide through the Portuguese National Mountaineering school in which I have the certificate of hiking monitor.

I hope that my programs please you and that I have the opportunity to share with you the moments and places of scenic and cultural interest in our beautiful territory.

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