I had never visited it before, though my whole life had heard the wonders of Gerês. So we decided to get on the road and travel to the north of the country for a weekend getaway.
I still thought we were going at the wrong time, that summer should be more appropriate … I couldn’t be more mistaken! Never before had I enjoyed the autumn so much as I had during this visit to Gerês.
In this post you will be able to read about:
– The Peneda-Gerês National Park
– See some of the places to visit
– Knowing where to stay and what to eat
– And, still, see a video about the visit to Gerês 🙂
PENEDA-GERÊS NATIONAL PARK
The mountains of Peneda and Gerês are located northwest of Portugal, between the regions of Alto Minho and Trás-os-Montes, and constitute a unique area classified as National Park. The only one in the country.
Here the vegetation is lush, distributed in hilly terrain, cut by numerous waterways and waterfalls.
During my visit I didn’t have the opportunity to observe animals, maybe because the weather was uncertain and the animals more sheltered. But the place is known for its bucks, Iberian wolves and wild horses.
LOCATIONS YOU CAN’T MISS IN GERÊS
Caniçada Dam Bayou
S. Bento da Porta Aberta
Pedra Bela Observatory
Portela do Homem
Balneario de Lobios (Spain)
Espigueiros de Soajo
WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO EAT
There are numerous lodgings in the Gerês area. Also because this is much sought after in the summer months. However, two hotels are classic stays in the region:
Aguas do Gerês Hotel
This 3-star superior hotel occupies a completely refurbished, renaissance building that strives for comfort and elegance. The hotel unit works together with the thermal area and spa, making it the ideal place to re-energize. Find out more about it and book it HERE.
São Bento da Porta Aberta Hotel
This was the hotel that I chose for my two day stay at Gerês. Located right in front of the São Bento da Porta Aberta Sanctuary, don’t be fooled by the old architecture of the exterior. This 4-star hotel is completely refurbished and offers modern and comfortable rooms. No wonder they won the certificate of excellence 2016 by TripAdvisor and are quoted with 9.1 on Booking. Find out more about it and book it HERE.
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Northern Portugal is one of the best places to eat in the country. If you are a vegetarian you can find some offer, but I confess that those who like meat will have more luck with the menus presented.
One of the typical dishes is Papas de Serrabulho, made with meats, sausages and corn flour. Note that this dish is produced using the blood of the pig. In the hottest months of the year you may well not find it, since it’s a typical winter dish.
Other gastronomic delights are the Roasted Goatling or the hunting pieces, such as the Deer Chop or the Wild Boar Entrecote.
In our stay we discovered the Lurdes Capela restaurant. Quality in the dishes served, a good wine list and impeccable service. Super recommended!
Trip to Gerês
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