Typical houses in the Ribeira district, PORTO

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PARQUE NATURAL DE MONTESINHO
Overview

Situated between Bragança and the Spanish border, this is one of the wildest areas in Portugal and is known as Terra Fria (literally, the Cold Land). In the highlands there is heather and broom, on the slopes, oak forests and in the valleys, willow and alder. The region is characterized by a succession of rounded peaks separated here and there by river valleys. It has long, cold winters and short, very hot summers. The local communities live in the lowlands, leaving the mountains to the wolves, golden eagles, falcons and wild boar.


 The park area is perfect for relaxing and exploring the countryside. At any time of the year, visitors can explore the rural way of life and discover how it blends perfectly into the natural surroundings. (Maps and suggestions for walks are available from the Park Head Office in Bragança: 273 300 400. Bairro Rubacar, R Cónego Albano Falcão, Lt 5; weekdays: 9 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm - 5.30 pm. At weekends go to the Bragança Tourist Office for further information).

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