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Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

1. 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.

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From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

2. From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

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.

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From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

3. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. We will continue to our next stop where there will be a magnificent snack prepared for you with the best typical dishes of our north of the country. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

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From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

4. 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.

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From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

5. 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 at approximately 09:00 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 before heading back to your hotel.

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Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

6. Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

Navigate on a unique river, in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site. You start from Pinhão, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going up stream until the Roncão area where you turn around and return to Pinhão. Along the way you’ll see hills of terraced vineyards until the river, with no national roads or traffic in sight. Although you do the same stretch up and down, it could very well be a different one, because seeing it in one direction and then on the other creates two completely different points of view and sights. The traditional rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

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From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

7. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Experience one of the most challenging and adrenaline-filled experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland. After being picked up from your accommodation in Oporto, set off for the Gerês National Park to start your adventure. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Start to navigate your way downstream including splashing through natural pools, chutes, and waterfalls carved out by the powerful river. Make the most of zip-lines ending on the water, small and medium nice abseiling, guided abseiling, and several possibilities of jumping into the water. At the end of your 3-hour experience, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Oporto. 

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Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

8. Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

Explore one of most beautiful natural spots along the Vez river by stand up paddleboard. Take in the views of a pollution-free valley that will allow you to enjoy nature in its most pure and relaxing state. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and professionals. Among the several routes available, the one most suitable for your experience will be selected, guaranteeing a lot of fun and safety.

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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.

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Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Porto District

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 229 reviews

We were picked up promptly at our hotel in Porto by Pedro. My sister in law and I were the only people on the tour. Pedro was well educated and during the drive we talked flora, fauna, and politics! Pedro asked us what we were interested in and I stated I was most interested in the Iberian wolf and being out in nature. Due to this interest and evaluation of our degree of fitness, he decided going to a shepherd corral was a good choice. We had an incredible hike up into the mountains to a remote bog and shepherds hit. . The hike was steep and a bit rocky, but we were in capable hands. The views were amazing. We saw wolf tracks and scat! Then a lovely local lunch with wine and more food then we could eat—bean stew, steak, bread and cheese and cod fritters. We then drove around the park a bit, seeing waterfalls and milestones. The end was great—a soak in a hot springs in Spain with a full moon, Jupiter and Venus on the horizon. This trip is highly recommended.

The trip was superb and the landscapes magnificent. When we got to the swimming pool, the wind unfortunately picked up, so our guide suggested we go to waterfalls to take advantage of the heat. He was oh so nice, and gave us great advice. Telling us the history of the park and its contemporary activity. I recommend without hesitation!

Best guied and tour I ever had! this is a real must for hikers, diffucutly is flexible, amazing views, picnic is good. Adrian was amazing, extreamly freindly and informative. totaly worth the driving time

Pablo was a great tour guide. He explained all the wonderful things and said a lot about nature. We even saw wild horses and boars !!! The tour is highly recommended! thanks

Nature and culture, a great day, highly recommended.