- Sport levelBeginner
- Spoken languagesEnglish, Portuguese
- Durationfull day
- Opening seasons:
Gerês National Park is a Portuguese treasure and it will be a pleasure for the team to show you the best of the park during this one day hiking tour!
The main goal of the day is to offer you a full day surrounded by the beautiful nature of Gerês, without worrying about a thing. The outing includes everything: pick up, drop off, local guide, typical Portuguese food & drinks on lunch, the most special spots, photos and videos.
Your day in nature:
· Pick up at your accommodation at Porto around 8.30a.m
· Explore Peneda-Gerês National Park on a 4x4 Land Rover
· Hiking and wild swimming at waterfalls
· Discover old village lost in the hills of Gerês
· Lunch: traditional Portuguese food in a local restaurant
· Stunning viewpoints
· Hiking and swimming at lagoons
· Drop off at your accommodation in Porto around 7.30 p.m
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement
3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected
What level of fitness is required for hiking during your tours?
Easy/moderate level. The sound of water and the amazing smell will follow you on your way. The tour is small enough (max 8 people) to allow you to go at your own pace.
What is the best time of year for hiking in Peneda Gerês National Park?
It depends on the aim of your visit. If you would like to swim in the lagoons, it’s only possible from March to October. On the other hand, if your idea is to go walking, discover new places (and people) and relax, you can also do it in winter season. So, you can go whenever you want, knowing that Peneda Gerês is always a great choice!
What's the weather like in Peneda Gerês National Park?
In Winter you can get some rainy days, around 20%, snow, around 5 days a year on the highest levels of the mountain and the temperatures range between 32ºF (0ºC) and 50ºF (10ºC).
Spring and Autumn are mild. We can have some rain with temperatures going from 46ºF (8ºC) to 73ºC (23ºC).
In Summer you have a minimum average temperature of 64ºF (18ºC) and a Maximum of 86ºF (30ºC).
What does my lunch include?
Different kinds of traditional food from the North Portugal
Roasted chorizo, Olives, Caldo verde, Vinho verde, Codfish dumplings (A batter, deep fried, of potato, onion, parsley, egg and of course codfish), Homemade corn bread, Punheta de bacalhau(Desalted codfish with olive oil and onions - the portuguese sushi), Mountain cheese, Pica- pau (Pork diced together with linguiça - a very thin and spicy sausage - dipped on a spicy tomato sauce), Melon with ham, Pastel de Nata, Coffee and Tea, Local drinks.
The lunch is in a panoramic restaurant from Gerês that only the locals and Portuguese tourists go.
What kind of wildlife can I see in Peneda Geres national Park?
If you are lucky you can spot an Ibex (mountain wild goat) or a Garrano (Wild horse). It happens, but it´s rare to see them! Butterflies are a must and lizards are spotable everywhere, specially from Spring to Autumn.
Wild flowers bloom everywhere from Spring to Autumn and they are so tiny that you have to pay attention not to step on them. Walking the same trail everyday, you can spot different kinds blooming. There's some bushes all over the National Park, and some are very famous because you can do herbal tea with them. Hipericão and Carqueja are the most famous but you can find more.
- Typical Portuguese food & drinks for lunch
- Pick/drop off from your accommodation
- Photos and video
- Guide and transportation on a 4x4 Land Rover
- Personal insurance
- Comfortable clothing adapted to the weather conditions
- Swimming costume/shorts
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Bottled water and snacks