Peneda-Gerês National Park is a protected area of ​​Portugal, with administrative, financial autonomy and legal capacity, created in 1971 in the Peneda-Gerês environment.

It has in a vast mountainous region, almost in its entirety already subject to the forest regime, the conservation of soil, water, flora, fauna and landscape.

  The only National Park in Portugal, it is located in the extreme northwest of Portugal, in the border area between Minho, Trás-os-Montes and Galicia, and its territorial perimeter covers the vast forest territory that extends from Serra da Peneda to Serra do Gerês, hence its name, including the Serra do Soajo and Serra Amarela. Being cut by two large rivers, the Lima River and Cávado. It covers the districts of Braga (municipality of Terras de Bouro), Viana do Castelo (municipality of Melgaço, Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte da Barca) and Vila Real (municipality of Montalegre), in a total area of ​​about 70 290 hectares, which affect the territory of 22 parishes. Since 1997, this Protected Area has formed the Spanish Natural Park of Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés, the Gerês-Xurés Transfrontier Park and the Biosphere Reserve of the same name.

  Peneda-Gerês National Park is considered by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.

It is one of the biggest natural attractions in Portugal, for its rare and impressive landscape beauty and for its ecological and ethnographic value and variety of fauna (Iberian goats, roe deer, claws, wolves, birds of prey) and flora (pine, yew, chestnut, oaks and various medicinal plants).







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