A2Z Adventures Walking - Geres, The Shepherds Way
Discover the only Portuguese National Park Peneda-Gerês. In this beautiful and remote region, you will follow ancient trails used for centuries by local shepherds. Magnificent oak trees and several water falls will greet you in Peneda-Gerês.
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Discover the only Portuguese National Park Peneda-Gerês. In this beautiful and remote region, you will follow ancient trails used for centuries by local shepherds. Magnificent oak trees and several water falls will greet you in Peneda-Gerês, a place where traditions are still present in every day’s life. You will visit one of the most typical villages, Pitões de Júnias, where you can find a 12th Century convent. In Fojo do Lobo, be surprised by an ancient wolf hunting technique. hiking
in Gerês is an unique experience!
Activity Level: Intermediate (You exercise regularly)
Daily average: distance 10-15 km/ 6-9 mi
Average time: 4-6h
Total distance: 88.1 km/ 54,7 mi
Total climbing: 3837 m/ 12589 ft
Maximum day climb: 800 m/ 2625 ft
Day 4: Shepherd’s Trail - Portela Leonte (15 km/ 9.3 mi)
Our walk starts in Portela de Leonte. From here we will climb until we reach the first of many fields where local shepherds take their animals. All around us will be huge granite formations, some of them with very particular shapes. Along the way, we will find several “mariolas”, piles of stones used for guiding by the shepherds... and us. Today’s hike we will show us the best of Peneda-Gerês Natural Park. After this very special day, you can advantage of the Gerês Spa, treating yourself with a relaxing massage!
Day 5: The Sanctuary Trail (16 km/ 9.9 mi)
Today’s hike will take us through fields surrounding Santa Isabel do Monte, in Terras de Bouro area. The views of the Gerês valley and the Caniçada dam are magnificent. We will pass by a granite formation called the “castle”, a point once used by local people to look out for Spanish invaders. We will also visit the Abadia Sanctuary, the oldest sanctuary in Portugal, built in 1148 to protect the abbeys against the Moorish invasions.
Day 7: Fojo do Lobo Trail (8.1 km/ 5 mi | short version 4 km/ 2.5 mi)
Another day of hiking in the Peneda mountain range in close contact with the shepherd’s way of living. We will start walking from the tiny village of Rouças and climb all the way to the village of Branda de Gorbelas. At the top we will find another land once used by shepherds and their animals. Here you can see some interesting small huts that were built to protect shepherds and animals against the cold and the wolves.
Our final destination, before walking back down to where we started, is Fojo do Lobo.
Sleeping and meals
7 Accommodations: Value (2-3 stars and casual inns)
in guided tours: 6 dinners "a la carte", 1 picnic, daily snacks
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Supported Price: 1350€
Participants: Minimum 3, maximum 16
Includes: 7 accommodations, maps and documentation, GPS track, 24 hour telephone line, transfers, insurance, A2Z t-shirt and water bottle and VAT taxes.
Guided price: 1630€
Participants: Minimum 5, maximum 16
includes: 7 accommodations, 6 dinners, 1 picnic, daily snacks, 2 guides, van support, transfers, maps and documentation, GPS track, insurance, A2Z t-shirt and water bottle and VAT taxes.
Single supplement: 350€
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