PARQUE NATURAL DO ALVÃO
CYCLING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, CANOEING, CANYONING, RAFTING
These are just a few of the options available to more adventurous visitors on the Tâmega River and riverside. The starting point is Mondim de Baixo town centre, from where adventurers can set off to explore the Alvão Nature Reserve.
Arnal village contains a reproduction of a traditional Alvão house with a wine press, oven, fireplace, looms and other equipment in the surrounding area (fountain, washing tank, hay ricks, mills, granaries, barn, cattle pens). Aldeia do Ermelo, is dedicated to traditional local skills, such as weaving. Don’t miss the permanent local exhibition on how linen is produced, from seed to cloth. Visits must be booked in advance (259 3028 30; Parque Natural do Alvão - Centro de Interpretação; Largo dos Freitas - Vila Real).
The Galegos da Serra – Arnal walk is 5 km, takes 3 hours and is not difficult. It offers panoramic views of Vila Real and the surrounding mountain ranges on the horizon. The Mondim de Basto walk is 50 km, takes 2 days and is of medium difficulty. Amongst other points of interest, it offers walkers the chance to see the cultivated land, the Fisgas do Ermelo waterfall, the River Olo and the tributaries of the Tâmega.