About Gerês

Gerês always symbolized the harmony between Man and Nature, a permanent sharing of activities and peoples feelings, coupled with the inhospitable granite mountains shaped by weather. The crystal clear waters run by brooks and clean air involves great diversity of fauna and flora providing a continuous movement of calm and pleasure.

An important tourist destination for over a centuryGerês is a brand to defend, preserve and make it know legitimate advantage to the sustainability of the region. Gerês offers products and services with great quality and aiming to provide welfare so necessary to our lives.

Of great value is Peneda-Gerês National Park. This is presented as the first protected area to be created in Portugal (1971), by the Law No. 187/71 of 8 May, the only one with National Park status. Located in northern Portugal, sharing border with Galicia region (Spain), which forms a continuous landscape with the Natural Park of Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés in the municipality of Lobios also in Spain.
 
The set of two parks form the Gerês-Xurés Transfrontier Park. In addition to the areas of influence of the rivers Minho, Lima, Cávado and Homem, the National Park is part of the granite massifs of Peneda, Amarela and Gerês moutains. It occupies an area of ​​69 693 acres, covering five Counties: Arcos de Valdevez, Melgaço, Montalegre, Ponte da Barca and Terras de Bouro. In the latter, occupies 55.7% of the total area of the council.
 
The region that it includes are predominantly of granite mountains, with altitudes reaching the 1545m at Pico da Nevosa in Terras de Bouro. Part of the mountains suffered human interventions in continuity since the Neolithic time.