Typical houses in the Ribeira district, PORTO

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PARQUE NACIONAL DA PENEDA-GERÊS

The Peneda-Gerês National Park includes the municipalities of Melgaço, Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca, Terras de Bouro and Montalegre and was the first protected area to be established in the country. It extends to the mountains of Gerês, Amarela and Peneda which, with their luxuriant greenery, are an open invitation to visit the park. Here you will find a wild and impressive landscape, with valleys of pine trees, oak and yew and a myriad of wildlife, including wild boar, badgers otters and, occasionally, wolves and golden eagles.

The surrounding villages have preserved a wealth of traditions. At the various entrances to the park there are information centres which provide details, maps and suggestions for walks (Montalegre Park Gates: 276 518 320; Avª D Nuno Álvares Pereira, Edifício Multiusos, 445; weekdays only 9 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm - 5.30 pm. Lamas de Mouro Park Gates: 251 465 010; Porto Ribeiro; Winter – every day: 10 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm; Summer – every day: 10 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm – 7 pm. Campo do Gerês Park Gates: 253 352 888; Winter: 10 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm -5 pm; Summer: 10 am - 7 pm. Closed on Mondays)