Northern Highlands of Peneda Gerês National Park
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Hiking
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Nature Hiking Self guided
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 3

 

At the northwestern border of Portugal and Spain, the Peneda-Gerês National Park offers wild landscapes, granite peaks and ridges, with lakes and glacier valleys. This tour takes you on the path of the Iberian wolf, from village to village within the park´s natural environment. The tour ends in Porto by the old district of Ribeira that preserves more than 2000 years of urban settlement, offers a remarkable testimony of the city´s rich commercial past, and greets every visitor with a lively atmosphere.

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome at Porto and Transfer to the Sanctuary of Peneda Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel Dinner
2 Hike the Peneda loop trail to Bouça dos Homens Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel Breakfast - Dinner
3 Hike from Peneda to Castro Laboreiro village Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro) Breakfast
4 Hike Castro Laboreiro Patelo loop trail Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro) Breakfast
5 Transfer to Campo do Geres and Hike to Caldas do Gerês Hotel 3*  M'Ar Breakfast
6 Hike the Corral's loop trail Hotel 3*  M'Ar Breakfast
7 Morning transfer to Porto & Visit Porto Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto) Breakfast
8 Transfer to Airport & End of Tour    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome at Porto and Transfer to the Sanctuary of Peneda

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal!
We will meet you at the airport or another location in the city of Porto, for a briefing on the tour. A transfer will take you to the hotel located close to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda, inside the National Park, where you will stay for the first two nights.
 
Dinner is included (drinks excluded)
Transfer 2H
 


2: Hike the Peneda loop trail to Bouça dos Homens

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

This circular hike will allow you to discover the Peneda mountain range, following ancient trails used by locals and their cattle on the annual migrations between the summer and winter villages, and following also paths that led the pilgrims to the Peneda Sanctuary.
 
The route starts at the Peneda Sanctuary, taking the sinuous path uphill along the crag of Meadinha towards the lagoon, a beautiful spot for a rest. It will cross the Chã do Monte plateau towards the summer village of Bouça dos Homens. This is a typical summer village where you can still see, in the summer, herds and cattle roaming around. Bouça dos Homens offers a stunning landscape, with views to five mountain peaks, including Penameda at 1268m of altitude. The trail heads back to Peneda through the Peneda river valley.
 
 
Hike 12,5km | 4H»5H | + 630m | - 620m


3: Hike from Peneda to Castro Laboreiro village

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro)
Meals: Breakfast

Follow a paved road, along the stream, from Peneda to Lamas de Mouro village where you will find the visitor center of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Here you can learn about some features of the protected area, the wildlife and points of interest. After the center, follow a small shepherd’s path that will guide you to Castro Laboreiro village. An XII century Castle is well visible from the surrounding hills and the village is nested not far from it.
When you finish the hike, you will have reached one of the highest villages of Portugal.
 
 
Hike 13,8km | 5H»6H | + 650m | - 350m
Luggage transfer


4: Hike Castro Laboreiro Patelo loop trail

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro)
Meals: Breakfast

This will be a superb hike through the villages of the Castro Laboreiro region. Discover the architecture and life of the people of Alto Minho on Romanesque paths and bridges, surrounded of an amazing beauty. Make sure to visit the Castle nestle on a small ridge and learn about the Castro Laboreiro dog who helped shepherds to defend their herds from the wolfs.
 
  
Hike 13,6km | 5H»6H | + 580m | - 580m


5: Transfer to Campo do Geres and Hike to Caldas do Gerês

Overnight: Hotel 3*  M'Ar
Meals: Breakfast

Morning transfer to Campo do Gerês, a different area of the National Park .
 
This trail is part of the new long distance hike path of the national Park. Follow the red and white stripes to join the village of Campos do Gerês to the Town of Caldas do Gerês. In the way take time to stop at different view points and enjoy the beautifull scenery.
 
 
Transfer to Campos do Gerês 1H30
Hike 11,7 Km | 4H»5H30 | + 440m | - 710m


6: Hike the Corral's loop trail

Overnight: Hotel 3*  M'Ar
Meals: Breakfast

There is a long tradition of using the mountain as pasture for the cattle, taken into the higher land to find grazing areas from spring to the fall. The tradition is still in use, and cattle roam free along these lands. Start by hiking up the communitarian wasteland and meadows of Vilar de Veiga. You can take the opportunity to visit some corrals above Caldas do Gerês, and after take the trail up to Pedra Bela Belvedere. You will have beautiful views over the valley and lake, and towards the dam just before starting the return to Caldas do Gerês.
 
 
Hike 10,7km | 4H30»5H30 | + 650m | - 650m


7: Morning transfer to Porto & Visit Porto

Overnight: Hotel 3*  América Hotel (Porto)
Meals: Breakfast

Morning transfer to Porto. After check-in in the hotel you will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful city of Portugal. Discover the old quarter and walk along the river in the Ribeira area that offers a testimony of the city´s rich commercial past, and presents a lively atmosphere. If you enjoy wine, visit the cellars and taste the Port wine enjoying an incredible view to the city.
 
 
Transfer to Porto 1H45min


8: Transfer to Airport & End of Tour

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The transfer to the airport will pick you up at the hotel according to your flight schedule. It’s also possible to arrange the transfer to other departure place in the city (train/bus terminal).

Dates & Prices
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Notes

Included

* Transfers specified in the itinerary
* Luggage transfers as specified in the itinerary
* Welcome briefing
* GPS for navigation
* Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps
* Portuguese mobile phone
* Phone assistance 24/7 during tour
* 7 nights lodging on Comfort (2*/3*) accommodations on BB basis
* Meals specifies in the itinerary
* Liability and personal accident insurance
Excluded

* Meals not mentioned
* Personal expenses
* Other transfers not mentioned
Optional services

* Lunch box (ask at Hotel)
* Guided Tour in Porto (half day)
 



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