From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park
- Small group
- Duration: 10 hours
Begin your day with a convenient pick-up from your hotel followed by a 1.5-hour drive to the start of this great trail. Your personal guide will give you great insights about life in Portugal and ways and traditions of making the way to the Paiva Walkway go by in a flash. The hike along the river will be filled with geologic, natural and archeological interest located in the most beautiful locations. After this 3-hour hike, a great lunch will be required and there is nowhere better to have a great lunch than in this region. Taste the best meat in Portugal at Alvarenga, famous for its 'posta arouquesa,' a delightful piece of grilled beef that will make you regain all your stamina. End your day with a tasting of a typical local liquor called Pinguça. Experience the best nature and gastronomy Portugal has to offer.
Wir waren eine tolle Gruppe, unser Guide war super, das Essen war auch super. Ein toller Tag, kann es nur empfehlen!
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!
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!!
Cross the Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge - the Arouca 516 - and walk the Paiva Walkways, considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Aveiro, the so-called “Portuguese Venice” and traverse the canals on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings, the fish market, and taste one of the city's delicacies, soft eggs. Last but not the least, see the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.
Norberto was great and looked after us all day while being really informative. Highly recommend booking through Norberto. The walk had lovely views and lots of steps.
Depart from the convenient meeting point in Porto and head to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only national park in Portugal and the best place to go for a hike. Travel around 1.5 hours from Porto along with your experienced guide as you head to the heart of the park to a trail designed to be a bit tougher but much better than other trails. Embark on an 11km circular track with 700m elevation gain (350m uphill and 350m downhill) on an uneven terrain, something much more challenging than a normal hiking trail. Take in views of the national park’s lagoons, the Cascata do Arado waterfall, and villages as you go. Midway through the trail, stop for a well-deserved picnic in a fantastic spot with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Afterwards, begin the ascent and end the trip with a drop-off back in Porto.
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!
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 :)
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.
Get off the beaten path with a thrilling excursion in the Douro Valley, complete with a 4x4 tour, kayaking, and hiking. After pickup from your accommodation in Porto, drive out to UNESCO World Heritage listed Douro Valley in a 4x4 vehicle. Once in the valley, climb into your kayak and paddle along the Douro river, and enjoy views of the stunning landscape along the way. Hop out of the kayaks and take a refreshing dip in the water, then continue to explore the natural beauty of the valley on foot. Enjoy a picnic among the incredible landscape of vineyards. After lunch, as you continue to hike through the valley, your local guide will explain about the traditions and culture of the region. Stop at one of the valley’s famous vineyards for a wine tasting session and a tour of the winery. End your tour with a hike to a fantastic viewpoint in São Leonardo de Galafura.
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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Shortly after, we were picked up from Porto and taken to a special shortcut to reach the Arouca Bridge entrance. When we got to the bridge, we were not so exhausted as the others coming from the car park. Crossing the bridge was an excellent experience. It is really worth walking. Then we went down the Paiva Walkways, which was about 5 km. It was quite hard because of the heat, but we survived. The views were incredible. After that, we were driven to a village for a local lunch. Delicious food, nice chats over the table. Then we went to Aveiro, a stunning town over the ocean called a Portuguese Venice. Our guide, Norberto, was really so friendly, informative,very well organised and tried to do his best to make our trip outstanding. And in fact, he did. I truly recommend this trip as we enjoyed it very much.
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 !
A wonderful walk through nature. Nature lovers will be delighted with this tour. Delicious, local lunch and the guide Afonso was just great. Gave us a lot of information about the region during the tour.
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