To finish your trip with a high note, join friends at the table, have lunch at one of the typical restaurants and delight in the local cuisine!
Located in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the village of Soajo is an ancient settlement, situated in a mountainous area of great beauty, predominantly rural. The village is characterized by its streets paved with granite slabs and houses built with blocks of stone, where peace of mind reigns and time seems to have stopped, surrounded by an almost immaculate nature. Today, its community “eira” is one of its greatest attractions, consisting of twenty-four granaries with more than 200 years, many of them still used today by the population to store and dry the corn! Visit the megalithic monuments, the lagoons of the river Adrão and the majestic flora of the mountain range, where you can find one of the rare carnivorous plants of Portugal: the orvalhinha, of insectivorous habits.
The village of Sistelo is located in the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, in the heart of the Peneda-Gêres National Park, near the river spring of the River Vez. It is one of the most beautiful examples of nature shaped by the human hand. Famous for its terraced landscapes, where corn are cultivated, the cattle earned it the official classification of national monument and the informal “Tibetan Portuguese”. The village is very well preserved, having recovered the typical houses of granite, the granaries and the public washers. The Castle of Sistelo, former libraries of the village, deserves a careful visit: it is a palace of the late nineteenth century where the Viscount of Sistelo lived. Walk along the pedestrian paths, through the ecovia do Vez and collect breathtaking photographs !!
“Espigueiros”… there are many, but this is the largest nucleus of the Iberian Peninsula. There are 64 in total, of different typologies, built in the XVIII century. A few meters above stands the Lindoso Castle. It was built in the reign of D. Afonso III, but it was the jewel of D. Dinis, who lived here when he went to hunt Gerês. It was important in the border defense strategy and nowadays it´s a museum. Stroll the pedestrian paths, get fresh water at the Tornada Fountain, see rock engravings, visit the water mills and the Lindoso dam, the most powerful hydroelectric producer in Portugal.
Corno do Bico
Located in a mountainous region with soft and rounded forms, the Protected Landscape of Corno de Bico (2175 ha) culminates, as the name suggests, in Corno do Bico (883 m), characterizing itself, especially in the highest presence of sets of round granite blocks, arranged in isolation or overlapping, which give a chaotic aspect to the landscape. The slopes, grazed by agricultural fields, walls and terraces, shelter an important spot of oak, fruit of the afforestation carried out in the last century by the Forest Services.