Boat (Stock Footage)

Boat (Stock Footage)

The Peneda-Geres National Park or serrano set the Peneda-Geres ”, is located in the northeast of Minho, extending to Tras-os-Montes, from the land of the Serra da Peneda to the Serra do Geres – hence the his appointment -., being cut by two major rivers, the River Lima and Cávado bordering Galicia, covering the districts of Braga (county Terras de Bouro), Viana do Castelo (Melgaço municipality, Arcos de Valdevez and Bridge Barca) and Vila Real (Montalegre municipality) in a total area of ??about 70,290 hectares. the Peneda-Geres National Park covers the territory of 22 parishes distributed by the municipalities of Arcos de Valdevez, Melgaço, Montalegre, Ponte da Barca and land . Bouro this protected area forms a conjunction with the Spanish natural park Baixa Limia – serra do Xurés, being with this, since 1997, the Transfrontier park Gerês-Xurés and the Biosphere Reserve of the same name.

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

It is one of the greatest natural attractions of Portugal, the rare and stunning natural beauty and the ecological and ethnographic value and the variety of fauna (roe deer, ponies, wolves, birds of prey) and flora (pine, yew, chestnut, oak and various plants medicinal). It extends from the Serra do Geres, the South, through the mountains of Peneda to the Spanish border.

It includes excerpts from the Roman road that linked Braga to Astorga, known as Geira. In the park are located two important centers of pilgrimage, the Shrine of Our Lady of Peneda, replica of Bom Jesus de Braga sanctuary, and of St. Benedict of the Open Door, site of great popular devotion.

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