Right in front of the "Pousada" (Hotel), overlooking Caniçada dam, the sanctuary of St. Bento da Porta Aberta (means "open door" and refers to the old chapel, always with open doors to shelter the pilgrims) is a construction from the 19th century, in place of a former chapel from the 16th.
A place of pilgrimage, it grew a lot, and in 1998 a modern crypt was inaugurated, with interesting tiles.
Once upon a time there was a frontier here, with a couple of policemen saluting the few people venturing in a so remote place.
It is not a particularly nice area of the park, but it is one of the few points allowing to pass to Spain, to verify that me wild remains across the border, with the first village (Lobios) more than 10Km distant.
The most beautiful dam in Gerês, it is the central point of almost all the visits.
It's lake is surrounded by several roads (including the old Roman road) with scenic views, and nearby there are good hotels and the sanctuary of S. "Bento da Porta Aberta"
The most beautiful scenery of Gerez is around its dams. Caniçada is the most beautiful, but Vilarinho das Furnas has the special attraction, of being new, having swallowed the village with the same name.
When the water is low, the signs of the lost village are still visible and most of the places recognizable.
I read that most moved inhabitants keep going there to "matar saudades" of their old houses.
A small village inside the park is known by its thermal business and that's why it is the best place to find cheap accommodation in the park, and to use as a visiting start point.
The gardens are cool.
In this picture I wanted to show how dangers the road’s here can be there are no guardrails in many spot’s, and the roads are dirt in most places off the main road that lead of to the mountains. Where by the way are where the good views are. This is an old picture me and my wife where not marred yet .You will enjoy this place more if you ride a motorcycle like I did on this day, that way you can fell the warm sun and cool wind in your face. Not to mention all the nice curves.
This is the Pedra Bella, That means beautiful rock this is 829 meters above see level there is a awesome view point from here, where you can see the river passing through the mountains and the lakes in the background. Here in the picture you see my wife Silvia and my 1st son Marco.
The river Caldo is well used to tourism support - it has a fluvial beach, and the lagoon of the dam has a marina, a nautical club, and a boat to regular circuits in the lagoon.
The wolf risks extinction in Portugal. The park Peneda-Gerez is a protected area, that still has about 300 individuals. there´s a group called "Lobo" that takes care of its preservation
Here you see a friend beside a wild horse you see a lot of theme all over the park. Some take of a soon as they see you, others like this one pretended you are not even there lol