Peneda-Gerês National Park Map | Portugal Visitor
Peneda-Gerês National Park Map
Peneda-Gerês National Park in the northwest of the country, on the border with Spain is Portugal’s only national park.
The 703 km² park includes granite massifs, lakes, waterfalls, and forests of oak and pine. The animals found here include wolves, wild boar, otters and the venomous black viper. The diverse bird life includes buzzards, golden eagles, red kites and owls. Hiking, bird-watching, kayaking and mountain biking can all be enjoyed within the park.
The main settlements in and around the park are Soajo known for its espigueiros (grain houses) – 18th and 19th century structures raised above the ground to protect them from rodents, Castro Laboreiro, Pitões das Junias and the spa town of Caldas do Gerês.
Ponte de Barca and Montalegre are two larger towns with good access to this area of natural beauty.
Arcos de Valdevez, 5 km north of Ponte de Barca, lies on the River Vez, a tributary of the Lima. Like Ponte da Barca it is a laid-back place with willow-lined green spaces on the river bank, ideal for a picnic.
See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation in Soajo.