Braga District
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Our most recommended Braga District Natural Attractions & National Parks

  • Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

    1. 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.

    Peaceful river cruise, a great change from other more active experiences. I actually didn't think I would like it very much, but I did. Definitely recommended.

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

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

    Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find 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.

    It was amazing, wow, started off being picked up from our hotel which was great. We had a ride of 1.5 hrs, which was still entertaining thanks to Emanuel was great, charismatic fun and informative. We got there and kayaked and paddle boarded it was so amazing peaceful and fun enjoying stunning views thanks to the know of Emanuel. We followed on to an amazing Portugese Lunch which was delicious and various, they even catered for the dietary options of the whole group some of which were gluten free and vegan. After this we went a but offroading which was fun and drove to this secret water fall swimming spot which was breathtaking. We then were driven back to our hotel in porto. All in all a big credit to this amazing experience was Emanuel he made it fun and memorable for all of us. Such a character, thank you so much Emanuel! Emma and James!

  • From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

    3. 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.

    The experience was amazing! It was adventurous and fun :) Miguel was hilarious and very knowledgeable!! Well done to the team :) we had a great time ! Highly recommended!!

  • Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

    4. Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

    Starting from Pinhão, pass under the iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Continue along the River Douro, admiring hills of terraced vineyards with no cars in sight. Take in the scenic views of the oldest wine region in the world, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you reach the Roncão area, you will turn around and start the return journey to Pinhão. Although you will do the same stretch of the river on the way back, you will have a different point of view of the sights along the way. The traditional Rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

    It goes exactly the same route as the non private tour but I am really glad we did it this way. Got to talk with the captain and sit wherever we wanted. Also a smaller boat so closer to the nature.

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    5. 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.

    Just an amazing day. We can only recommend it. A lot of things to learn, to discover with the guide. We were not used to take a guide, but for this time, it was very helpfull to find what to see and where to go. Just go and enjoy!

  • Canyoning Tour in Portugal

    6. 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.

  • Hiking and Sightseeing - Peneda Geres National Park

    7. Hiking and Sightseeing - Peneda Geres National Park

    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. 

  • Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

    8. 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.

    Amazing Canoe Tour with more than kind people!! It was a pleasure, ask for Ricardo ;)

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    9. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    Step inside wolf territory to experience the joys of nature at its very best. Depending on the season and your interests the tour guides can suggest a number of different and varied routes. In all cases, they guarantee you will reach a mountain summit and enjoy the many spectacular views across the wild open landscapes. Discover a variety of landscapes of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, from steep valleys to smooth plateaus and from rocky summits to serene meadows. Explore the far reaches of the area far from the crowds, with increased chances of seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat. Discover several landmarks of traditional communitarian shepherding which has been practiced for thousands of years. Challenge yourself and be rewarded with this magnificently gratifying day.

  • Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

    10. Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

    Travel to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, passing by luxurious green mountains, untouched forests, and crystal clear lakes and waterfalls. On the way, you will be able to enjoy viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes.  You can discover the roots of this old civilization and the traditions kept alive by the locals at the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho da Furna, before sitting down to enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Following lunch, your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you to one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the country, which is the Mountain Shrine of São Bento da Porta Aberta. After this visit, it's time to relax on a river beach, while enjoying a cocktail harmonized with regional flavours.

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What people are saying about Braga District

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Great day spent in the Peneda-Gêres National Park. An excursion that lived up to our expectations. Hiking for several kilometers, 4x4 tour, typical regional lunch. Swimming under a waterfall was a real plus. My mom had no trouble keeping up with the pace and really enjoyed it. Our guide Pedro was particularly warm. He takes great pleasure in showing us around his region and passing on his knowledge to us. I highly recommend !

The experience was amazing! It was adventurous and fun :) Miguel was hilarious and very knowledgeable!! Well done to the team :) we had a great time ! Highly recommended!!

he's the best tour guide I've ever met, and i bet you will not regret your choice here! just try it here!!!!!

Verry Nice day,verry good guide Pedro Nice company ,good weather and Nice swim

It's worth the walk. The staff is very kind and helpful