Peneda- Geres National Park is in my opinion the most beautiful park in Portugal. Peneda-Geres offers plenty of adventures in the scenery of crystal waterfalls and incredibly green landscapes. Canyoning is a must for this region. There is plenty local agencies who will fill your day will adrenaline. I’ve tried two different agencies for canyoning and kayaking and both were excellent.
How to get to Peneda- Geres National Park from Porto?
Most of people are traveling from Porto and the park is accesible by car only. There is no direct bus from Porto and I highly advise to rent a car. Not only because it gives you freedom but this is nowadays a very convenient and cheap way of transfer. Beside most of the small towns located in the mainland are a pleasure to visit. You can stop wherever you want and discover many more places when having your own car. It’s a fantastic region for food and very famous green wine – Vino Verde – a little sprakling. If you don’t feel like driving, it’s always possible to book a private transport.
What to do in Peneda- Geres National Park?
There is plenty of attractions to do there, best I can recommend from my experience:
- Canyoning & ziplining in a crystal green waterfalls – choose from plenty of agencies online or ask a local tourist office
- Hiking trails – local tourist office will tell you all about the park, hiking trails and maps.
- Biking – the is an amazing 160 km long biking path along the river
- Visit Afife at the seaside – fantastic place, beaches and cheap food. As the region is not that popular you are getting much better value for money.
Canyoning in Peneda- Geres National Park.
This was a great adventure! Local agencies are very well prepared for all these attractions, they have the right equipment and instructiors to guide you safely trhough the water adventures. The equipment was very high quality, it’s a full wetsuit with fantastic water trekking shoes, that guarantee good grip thanks to their soles. The instructor will also consider your level of fitness, some teams start in the middle of the trail if they are not ready for a full lenght. Photos and videos are made by the instructor so no need to carry your GoPro. They make excellent footage 😉 The whole adventure takes 4-5 hours. It is quite tiring, I wasn’t expecting we’ll be that tired and hungry after.
Kayaking in Peneda- Geres National Park.
That’s a great adventures even for families with kids. It’s safe to take your youngest for this trip. The river is not deep and you are under a very good guidance. There are few currents which you have to overcome but it’s a great fun! If you have a basic experience in kayaking it will be a great fun for you! The region is absolutely stunning, you’re going to spend a lovely day in the middle of pure nature. The region is very clean and it’s very detectable. Drone photos share best picture of the park. The whole adventure lasts 3-4 hours for small groups and we paid 30 Euro/per person.