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Peneda-Gerês National Park, in the extreme northwest of Portugal, between Alto Minho and Trás-os-Montes, is the only Portuguese protected area classified as a National Park.
The surrounding vegetation includes a forest of holly and endemic species such as the Gerês lily. In Peneda, Soajo, Amarela and Gerês Mountains, which make up the Park, rivers and streams flow, cascading down to form waterfalls and then spreading out as reservoirs.
– In Soajo, further west of the Park, a group of old stone granaries used to store grain can be seen.
– In Lindoso you can also see granaries. Here it is worth climbing to the castle overlooking the Lima river valley.
– To the north of the Park, you can visit the village of Castro Laboreiro, where the region’s sheepdogs are bred.
– Further south is the Serra do Gerês. In this mountain range are the reservoirs of the Caniçada and Vilarinho das Furnas dams, places of great beauty.
– Nearby it is possible to find the Sanctuaries of São Bento da Porta Aberta and Senhora da Abadia, considered centres of great pilgrimages.
The Cávado River, that delimits the Park to the east, shows the way to the Barrage of Paradela. For those who enjoy walking, it is obligatory to continue to Pitões das Júnias, a village where old community customs are kept.
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