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Peneda-Gerês National Park

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

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

1. 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. 

From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

2. 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.

From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

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

Spend the day walking through Geres National Park, just an hour and a half from Porto. Immerse yourself into the heart of the park, explore the grounds, and enjoy a coffee. Hike for 10 km to the 7 natural pools, spend some time admiring the natural beauty, and head back to the starting point. THE HIKE:Embark on a 10 km (6.2 miles) hike which takes you to 7 magnificent natural pools situated in the heart of the park. The hike will be divided into 2 stages, 5 km (3.1 miles) from the starting point to the pools, where you'll stay for around 1.5/2 hours to dive in the amazing natural pools. Depending on people's willingness the group can stay a bit longer. Then, hike 5 km (3.1 miles) back to the starting point. The path is on uneven terrain but without steep slopes. HIKE DIFFICULTY:Difficult: for people who are not used to walking. Medium: For people who are used to hiking for 10 km in the countryside. Easy: For people who are used to hiking for more than 10 km on uneven terrain with steep slopes. LUNCH:For lunch, you need to prepare your own food as there's nothing around where you can eat. Please bring lots of water as it might be very hot. GROUP SIZE:From 8 to 15/pax maximum. After the hike, you'll have the chance to stop in a local tavern for a refreshing drink and relax a bit before making your way back to Porto city. Arrival in Porto will be around 6:30 PM.

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

4. 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.

Canyoning Tour in Portugal

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

9. 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.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

10. 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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What people are saying about Peneda-Gerês National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 514 reviews

This was a very unique experience, highly recommend for anyone who wants to enjoy a real outdoor adventure. Adriano is an amazing guide and one of the main people helping develop Portugals hiking community for others to discover. The hike is not difficult but requires walking on a trail and some hills, go for it if you are healthy and want to see some special parts of Portugal off the tourist track.

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!

The highlight of our trip! Absolutely beautiful, fantastic guides, and a ton of fun. Highly recommend.

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