Peneda-Geres National Park

Porto & Peneda-Gerês National Park (2023)

Discover the untamed beauty of northern Portugal on this self-guided walking tour in Portugal's only national park. After exploring Ponte de Lima in the Minho region, enter the park and follow shepherd trails, pilgrim routes and Roman roads, connecting you from one remote mountain village to the next. Weave through rolling green hills, untouched forest and terraced vineyards, with views over crystal clear lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. Along the way, you'll encounter ancient architecture, age-old farming practices and self-sufficient communities, where traditions have been kept alive by the locals for centuries. After a good dose of fresh mountain air, explore the bustling city of Porto, where wine cellars, restaurants, coffee shops and rooftop bars line its winding cobbled lanes.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Castro Laboreiro Circular Walk
Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:50 h
Ascent 453 m
Descent 453 m

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Hiking route · Portugal
Castro Laboreiro to Peneda
Difficulty moderate
Distance 15 km
Duration 5:20 h
Ascent 282 m
Descent 552 m

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Hiking route · Portugal
Peneda to Lindoso (2023)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.7 km
Duration 7:15 h
Ascent 377 m
Descent 603 m

The walk to Lindoso takes you down the valley along an ancient pilgrim route, which are still used by the locals from surrounding villages. 

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 21.4 km
Duration 7:35 h
Ascent 732 m
Descent 732 m

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Hiking route · Portugal
Avelar to Soajo (2023)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.6 km
Duration 5:45 h
Ascent 571 m
Descent 753 m

Today's walk takes you through oak forests and medieval villages, to the village of Soajo.

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