Peneda Gerês National Park – day 3

DAY 1: Braga, Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre (12th May 2014)
Hike: “Trilho de Pitões das Júnias”
Accommodation: Montalegre Hotel (79€/ 2 pax / 2 nights)
DAY 2: Xertelo – Lamalonga – Minas de Carris – Xertelo (13th May 2014)
Hike: Trail from Xertelo to Minas de Carris
Accommodation: Montalegre Hotel (79€/ 2 pax / 2 nights)
DAY 3: Montalegre to Gerês (14th May 2014)
Places visited: Misarela bridge, Fafião, Tahiti waterfall, Arado waterfall, Pedra Bela Viewpoint
Accommodation: Gerês Aparthotel (85.5€/ 4 persons/ 2 nights)
Restaurant: Lurdes Capela Restaurant (11€/ person)
DAY 4: S. Bento da Porta Aberta, Covide (15th May 2014)
Hike: “PR 1 – Trilho da Cidade da Calcedónia”
Accommodation: Gerês Aparthotel (85.5€/ 4 persons/ 2 nights)
DAY 5: Portela de Leonte, Torneiros (Spain), Lindoso (16th May 2014)
Places visited: “Pé de Cabril”, “Prado do Vidoal”, Hot spring of Torneiros (Spain), abandoned house (near Compostela, Spain) Lindoso

On the 3rd day of our trip to Peneda-Gerês National Park (PGNP), we left Montalegre and we drove towards the town of Gerês. We stopped several times along the way to visit some interesting places.

Misarela Bridge

Misarela Bridge

The first stop was to visit “Ponte da Misarela” (Misarela Bridge), also know as the devil’s bridge. We parked the car next to the dirt path that we then followed to reach the bridge. Misarela Bridge dates back to the medieval age and it was reconstructed in the 19th century. Over time, that bridge was the scene of several battles. One of them was against the Napoleon troops, at the time of the French invasions.

That place is really beautiful and somehow magical.

Our next stop was in Fafião, a small village in Montalegre county. The purpose of that stop was to see the “fojo do lobo”, an old and ingenious structure made of stone that was used in the past to capture wolves. This structure consists of two walls that converge into a well to where the wolves were conducted. Once the wolves had fallen into the well, they were killed.

After we had a look at that structure, we searched for a geocache that was hidden nearby. We spent there quite some time looking for it but we found nothing.

Fojo do Lobo

Fojo do Lobo

We went back to the car and went to “Cascatas do Tahiti” (Tahiti waterfalls). We found ourselves in the narrow streets of a small village and we felt a bit lost. Luckily, we found a nice old man who gave us directions to the waterfalls and advised us to be careful in there, since several persons had already lost their lives while taking bath in the waterfalls.

We parked the car after the bridge and looked for a spot to sit and to have lunch. We enjoyed our lunch in the right bank of Arado river, as we relaxed listening to the water falling.
We returned to the car, left our bags in there and we went to explore the left bank. We followed a narrow and steep path until we arrived at a quiet lagoon.

Tahiti waterfalls

Tahiti waterfalls

My brother was the only one to see the waterfalls. He descended to the river and then jumped from rock to rock until he was in front of them. I tried to follow him, but I was stopped by some slippery rocks. I didn’t feel confident to walk in there, so I went back without seeing the waterfalls.
People call this waterfalls “Cascatas de Tahiti” (Tahiti Waterfalls), but in fact, their name is “Cascatas de Fecha de Barjas” (Fecha de Barjas Waterfalls).

We visited another waterfall, the “Cascata do Arado” (Arado Waterfall). We parked the car near the dirt path that leads to the waterfall but, first, we climbed a small mountain to look for a geocache.

Arado waterfall

Arado waterfall

My brother and I were the only ones crazy enough to climb the rocks to reach the small cave in the top of the mountain. It was not an easy climb, but it was worth the effort. We were rewarded not only with the cache, but mainly with a fantastic view! And, of course, I felt very happy for being able to climb those rocks that at first look I thought I would not be able to climb.

We walked about 1.5 Km to get to the stairs that led us to the viewpoint of the Arado waterfall. There were a few cars parked near those stairs and we found some people in the viewpoint.
JB and my brother’s girlfriend preferred to relax a bit while my brother and I went to see the waterfall. They awaited for us laying on the rocks in the river bed, with their feet in the water.

We joined them later and spent some time in there enjoying the beauty and the quiet of that place.

There was only one stop left, the “Miradouro da Pedra Bela” (Viewpoint of the Beauty Stone). We returned to the car and, some minutes later, we were exploring the surrounding area of the house of the forest ranger.

"Pedra Bela”  viewpoint

“Pedra Bela” viewpoint

Then we went to one of the best viewpoints in Peneda-Gerês National Park, the viewpoint of Pedra Bela. Actually, there are two viewpoints in there, the old and the new one.

The view is wonderful! We see the mountains, the rivers, the Caniçada lagoon…everything around.
We looked for the last cache of that day near the old viewpoint. We were almost to gave up, but then I decided to try one more time and I was lucky!

We drove to Gerês Aparthotel, located in the town of Gerês. We checked in and the apartment was shown to us.

We had thought to buy roasted chicken or another cooked meat, to prepare the side dish in the apartment and to have dinner in there. However, we didn’t find any place to buy the cooked meat, so we decided to look for a restaurant.
We choose Lurdes Capela Restaurant and we were not disappoint at all. The restaurant is nice, we were well served, the food was great and the price was good.

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