Geres Natural Park Tour from Oporto meet this wonderful park, with a luxuriant nature one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, here, in the middle of the forest, you will find rivers, streams and impressive cascades of transparent water.
The Peneda-Gerês National Park, with approximately 70,000 hectares, embedded valleys support a dense hydrographic network. Remarkable botanical diversity – woods, weeds, riparian vegetation and peat bogs in addition to wet marshes – highlighting the presence of several rare and endemic species a rich historical and cultural heritage (megalithic necropolis, vestiges of romanization, castles, granaries, mills, levadas, terraces …) plus the curious implantation of the mountain villages and the presence of well preserved traditional architecture.
Established by decree in 1971 with the aim of enhancing, for educational, scientific and tourist purposes, human activities and the natural resources of this privileged landscape with nature orientation of the relief, altitude variations and Atlantic, Mediterranean and continental influences contribute to a great variety and richness of the vegetal cover: oaks and pine forests, birch or birch woods, abundant vegetation bordering the water lines.
The forests, Albergaria, Cabril, the entire upper valley of Serra do Gerês itself are a type of landscape that can hardly be found in Portugal comparable.
Wild animals such as the Brown bear and the mountain goat, the wolf, the royal eagle pontificates in the vast courtship of the birds. Several mammals, such as the Tern of water, diversity of reptiles and amphibians and a fauna, fishery including Trout and Salmon enrich this zoo picture.
Geres park is considered by UNESCO as World Biosphere Reserve due to the rare and impressive landscape beauty, ecological and ethnographic value and variety of fauna – bucks, garranos, wolves and birds of prey – and flora – pines, yews, chestnut trees, oaks and various medicinal plants.
It even integrates sections of the Roman road that connected Bracara Augusta to Astorga and that was called by Geira, through the castles of Castro Laboreiro and Lindoso, megalithic monuments, which are testimonies of the Roman occupation, survives on a stretch of the old sidewalk and in the curious milestones. The curious villages, the architecture of the terraces, the parades of granaries, the freshness of the meadows of lime, animate a picture in which the rural.
In the park are two of the most important pilgrimage centers, the Shrine of Our Lady of Peneda (replica of the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga) and the San Bento Sanctuary of the Open Door, this one of great popular devotion in the region.
The freshness of the meadows of lime, animate a picture in which the rurality is still very present. In this bridge was fought an important battle against the French when the invasions, in which the popular ones were victorious.
Thus defeating the French army. Geres where everything is conjugated so that nothing is lacking in its grandeur and perfection.
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