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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
I've never been in this restaurant. But I love it.A long, long time ago, I was wandering in Gerez with my family, by lunchtime, and, not knowing the area, we decided to search a restaurant in Portela do Homem. Silly idea. It was only a customs barrier, away from it all, with Spanish forest in face. I asked to one of the guards where in the area...more
If you are hiking in the National Park or just enjoy this kind of activity, you will find some places inside the Park proper to have meals. Those places are equipped with benches and tables and I think that in some cases they have proper places to lit fire. And pack everything you might need for your meals before you go, as you won't find any...more
The Inn has a cosy little bar with fireplace (that feels so good on autumn/winter nights!!) and plays some quiet music. There is a wide range of drinks available, but not too cheap though. I had caipiroska (vodka, lime, yellow sugar and smashed ice) and i must say it was not the best i had in my life, … Coffee is not good also. :-( But if you enjoy...more
During peak season you will find some people selling boat tours around the dam in Caldas do Geres, which might be a pleasant activity for a sunny afternoon in the beautiful landscapes of this area. These boat tours are only available during peak season (summer months). Apart from these guided boat tours you can also rent boats and jet-skies and...more
The best way to reach Geres and move around between locations is by car, as public transportation (bus) might not be frequent here - that is, you might have to wait for hours or for next day to get the bus. Roads are local, meaning that they are narrow and with lots of curves. Inside the villages and the Park you can walk, as this is the best way...more
In Geres (the village) you will find some tourist shops, selling the usual stuff you might find in that kind of places. Apart from the shops, you will also find street vendors (on main street) selling varied goods - don't let yourself be fooled, they are there selling touristy things not real art crafts, but still you might want to buy some souvenirs as some of them are cheap. They mainly sell: tea made with local herbs and plants, honey, woollen sweaters and coats and some leather goods.
Geres is located on the district of Braga, on the North of Portugal, and it is about 40 km distant from Braga. Some areas of the Park, that occupies an area of 700 square km, border Spain. The area of the park spreads to the adjoining district – Vila Real.
Whether you are driving through the Park or in the surrounding villages you should pay attention to animals:
> Wild animals inside the park that might come on the road at any place;
> Other animals, such as cows, that are often found standing on the middle of the road, inside or surrounding little villages.
As we were driving along the park, we came across several small houses made of stone. Some of them looked like they were some kind of house or shelter for what might be a park keeper or forest keeper (because of fires). We decide to stop at some point. The houses shown on this photo are some of the bigger and I think there might be someone actually...more
As you walk or drive along the Park's narrow roads, you will come across some areas that have wooden benches and tables. These places are proper to rest as well as having some meals (providing that you bring your own food). Enjoy the quietness of this fabulous park and respect the environment.more
For those who enjoy water sports, Geres offers a wide choice. Tours in motorboats are available in several spots and with different prices. There is also the opportunity to do some canoeing and kayaking. And there is also those "boats" in which you must pedal to move around. For visitors who are not so "active" there are also great spots for just...more
Caldas do Geres is a small village by a dam. It is close to the Inn so I visited this place often and each time I visited I couldn't help feeling amazed by the beauty of the place - a small village lost in the bottom of the green slopes of the mountain, by a beautiful lake/dam. There is a bridge that crosses the water and each way you look the view...more
In some of these places you might also notice that there are vans that stop on the road and horn and some women approach. Those vans bring goods and work as a kind of supermarket. Most common cases are selling fresh fish and fresh bread and pastries. And when everyone has done the shopping, the van drives to some other place. These vans sometimes...more
And while enjoying these beautiful lost villages take some time to observe the lovely small stone houses, the amazing landscapes and some curious customs such as allowing animals to wander around loose: cows, chicken, ducks, geese, goats and so on. Men and women work mainly on agriculture and it is curious to note that they almost seem as...more