Landscape of Peneda Geres National Park

Self-Guided Road Trip Tour of Peneda-Gerês National Park

There are several ways to get to know a territory.

Our suggestion takes you on a magical path full of natural and cultural riches.

When designing this program we thought of the most independent and autonomous people, who want to set their own pace and dedicate their attention to what they most admire.

Along the way, we offer comfortable accommodation with excellent locations so that you can make the most of your days.

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights, departing and arriving in Porto and passing through the most iconic points of the Peneda Gerês National Park.

Approximately 250 km of stunning roads, picturesque villages and nature in all their splendor.

You will have time to visit ethnographic museums, indulge in regional cuisine, walk in beautiful surroundings or simply relax. You will control your day and be able to do our “detour”, your way.

Explore, drive, Detour!

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Introduction to the Peneda Gerês National Park

We start the day with a briefing about the program and the correct way to use GPS. Here you will receive all the important information to make your trip unforgettable!

Head north to the Peneda Gerês National Park and discover the local perspective on life in the park.

Our suggested itinerary takes you to one of the entrances to the most eastern areas of the park, following the path of the Cávado River and one of its lakes. We have some suggestions for restaurants, places and picnic activities, including an introduction to the Park by a local.

At the end of the day you will arrive at the hotel with a clear idea of ​​what life is like in this part of our country and ready to rest and regain your strength for the next few days!

Day 2: The heart of the National Park

This is the day of full exploration of the Peneda Gerês National Park and the Gerês – Xurês Transboundary Biosphere Reserve. You will make the first connection of the day passing through Spanish lands. In this region there is an interrelation that has been going on for centuries and that recognizes no borders.

The population interacts on both sides of the border and traditions are often common. Even the dialect is quite similar between inhabitants on both sides.

After this passage through Spain, we will enter the heart of the Park. going through “Mata de Albergaria”. In Mata de Albergaria there is a unique biodiversity in our country, which is why its visitation is strongly protected. Spend your time exploring the heart of the Park, or follow one of our activity suggestions and discover the territory accompanied by local experts!

The day ends with the discovery of Lindoso, a village of great beauty that preserves the vivid marks of the centuries of hard work of these inhabitants.

Day 3: Soajo and Castro Laboreiro wonders

On the third and last day of your program, you will explore the Northwest region of the Park.  Leaving the Serra do Gerês mountain range, you will discover the Soajo and Peneda mountains, and the Castro Laboreiro plateau.

This area of ​​the park hides fantastic treasures, from incredible viewpoints, to imposing rock formations and sanctuaries in remote locations. Follow our path and understand the particular lifestyle of these people.

Learn more about transhumance and its importance in the development of the region and end the program with a visit to Melgaço, land of Alvarinho wine, where you can enjoy a visit with a tasting of this unique type of wine.


We personally visit all the accommodation featured in the guides and only select places where we would wish to stay ourselves.

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 2 buffet breakfasts
Included in Car Hire

Rental cars provided by reputable partners.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Basic LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver + TW Theft Waiver)
  • Upgrades to a different group/class available upon request
  • Automatic transmission available upon request
Not included
  • Guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Services
  • Flights

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Geres Nature Standard

  • 3* Hotels, B&B, Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Renault Megane Cabrio or Similar;
  • Automatic Toll Payment;
  • Navigation System

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  • 4* Hotels, Deluxe B&B, Top Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Mercedes Benz Class E or Similar;
  • Automatic Toll Payment;
  • Navigation System
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