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Peneda-Gerês National Park

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

1. From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

Explore the only national park in Portugal. You will be picked up from your accommodation in the morning before heading toward Gerês. During the tour, discover the most amazing spots in Gerês, including the famous Tahiti Waterfalls, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim, and the Pedra Bela viewpoint, where you can enjoy an incredible view of the surrounding landscape. Your guides have local knowledge and will take you on a safe trip deep inside this natural paradise. Enjoy a picnic in a remote idyllic location (or a local meal at a typical restaurant, depending on the weather conditions) before heading back to your hotel. The itinerary may be adapted by the guide to ensure that the best experience possible is provided. Factors like the weather, amount of people in the park, or the characteristics of the group will be taken into account by the guide throughout the day.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

2. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit 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. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

3. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Explore the wonders of Gerês National Park on a thrilling canyoning adventure with this tour from Porto. Splash your way through the Park's streams, waterfalls, and boulder formations with high-quality canyoning gear. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in a climate-controlled van.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Porto, set off for the Gerês National Park. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Follow your guide into the Park and begin your canyoning experience.  Navigate downstream by swimming and sliding through natural pools, waterfalls, and chutes that have been shaped by the powerful river. Soar with zip-lines ending on the water, try abseiling, and several have the chance to jump from rocks into the water. At the end of your tour, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Porto. 

Canyoning Tour in Portugal

4. Canyoning Tour in Portugal

Are you tired of the day-to-day? Are you looking for a burst of adrenaline? This is the ideal activity for you! Canyoning Adventure is one of the most challenging experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland! This is where your emotions will be brought to the red, with up to 60 meter rappels, guided rappels to 30 meters in height and more than 40 meters long, with optional jumps that can surpass 11 meters. Find all of this in the longer canyoning routes from mainland Portugal. To accomplish this canyoning, for security reasons, it is a prerequisite to have done the Tobogã Canyoning Middle Level at least once and be considered by the Guidelines as "ready" to the next level of difficulty.

Peneda Geres National Park: Private Tour with a Guide

5. Peneda Geres National Park: Private Tour with a Guide

Complete your trip in Portugal with a visit to the beautiful Peneda-Geres National Park. Experience breathtaking nature, traditional culture and the kindness of locals. Discover the mountains, rivers, waterfalls and magnificent settings on this carefully curated tour with your local guides. You will travel by 4x4 vehicle and on foot to different locations of great scenery and natural value within the park. Learn about and observe local flora and fauna and dip into incredible natural lagoons. You will break for lunch and enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine. On this tour you will have plenty of opportunities for stunning panoramic photographs and your guides will be happy to take any shots for you. 

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

6. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

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.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

7. From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

8. Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

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 chance to take in the mountains, the Caniçada Dam, the rivers that snake through the hills and the confluence of the Cávado River. Hike to the Tahiti waterfall to reach the lagoons and, if the weather allows, you can bath in the fresh crystal clear waters. Here, relax, enjoy the sun and swim in the therapeutic cold waters. Finally, enjoy your journey back to Porto.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

9. Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

Enjoy a unique experience that will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful nature routes in the water in a Kayak: the Açudes section. Discover the route that connects Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima. Cross safely fast dams with a low degree of difficulty, inserted in a pollution-free valley, allowing you to enjoy nature in its pure and relaxing state. During this experience, you will be accompanied by a monitor in the water and a support vehicle outside the river, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and pros.

Peneda Gerês National Park: Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

10. Peneda Gerês National Park: Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Let yourself be enchanted by the historic villages, breathtaking views, and mysterious forests of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Enjoy a 60-km course dropping 1400 meters in elevation along the way. Start in Vilarinho das Furnas and get a great view of its dam framed between the Serra Gerês and Serra Amarela. Continue to Albergaria Forest and enjoy the beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity. Visit Portela do Homem near the border at 822 meters of altitude. Discover the river with its waterfalls and natural pools full of crystal-clear water. Head to Lindoso, one of the most beautiful mountain villages of Alto Minho. See its 13th-century castle, which defended Portugal during its conflicts with its neighbor. Enjoy a great view of the Lindoso Reservoir and see the old granaries. End your tour at Tobogã Base, located at Entre Ambos-os-Rios.

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What people are saying about Peneda-Gerês National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 786 reviews

It was the first time canyoning for my partner and I and we were appropriately nervous when we joined our group of 4. However, our guides, Aurélio & Pedro, were brilliant at explaining the individual steps during the tour - may it be abseiling, ziplining or jumping down a waterfall - and any nervousness was soon gone. It was also great that there was never a "must" - if your nerves simply didn't let you jump down the waterfall (in my case, I couldn't muster the courage to do the second jump), Aurélio was kind enough to help abseil down the waterfall instead. Next time we're back in Porto, we definitely want to come back and try out the other tours by Tobogã and maybe even do this canyoning tour again.

Really great once in a lifetime experience, with a lot of interesting information about the national park, animals and plants you can find in the park. If you have any chance of making this tour, you should definitely book it! Pedro and Rita are amazing, very nice and knowledgeable people who will assure you a great time. The lunch which is included was also very great! We could get a taste of the local food which was freshly made, even got a very nice bottle of the so called local „green vine“. 10 out of 10 totally worth it !

The guide Nuno Peixoto was very passionate and knew everything about Porto, wine and food. Where and what to eat, EVERYTHING! Very nice tour in general, amazing wine and meal. Again, super nice guide! (Worth mentioning, cause it’s the guide that makes the trip!)

Our guide Richardo was very friendly and knowledge about the national park and Porto. The kayak and hike was the perfect pace, he adjusted based on the group skill level. Food was fantastic! Overall a wonderful experience!

Professional team Amazing service Great adventure Experts! We will come again