The Montesinho Natural Park is one of Europe’s wildest areas, possessed of exotic wildlife and unspoiled vistas.
The park is in the heart of the region known as Tras-os-Montes (‘behind the mountains’), a perfect description for a region that is backward and unspoilt in almost every respect. Mountains rise to 1,481 metres above heather and broom, descending to oak and chestnut forests and valleys of alder and willow. The area offers the walker stunning scenery, silence, wonderful wildlife, including the Iberian wolf and the Spanish Imperial Eagle, and tiny mountain villages where mules plough fields and ancient practices such as herbal cures and reverence for the supernatural linger. The historic town of Bragança with its walled citadel and medieval quarter sits on its doorstep.
October to April: £370 per person based on two people sharing. May, June and September: £430. Single supplement: £90.
Not available in August.
4 nights accommodation in a restored country house with en-suite bathrooms and heated swimming pool. 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners. Comprehensive walking notes. Transfers to/from Bragança to accommodation.
Flights travel to and from Bragança and travel insurance
Year round (except August).
Day 1 – Transfer from Bragança to your accommodation.
Day 2 – A circular walk taking you westward into the hills of the Serra Nevada with wonderful views across the Tras-os-Montes into Spain. Return via beautiful granite gorge.
Day 3 – Walk north, passing through oak woods and pastureland on a circular walk that will take you into Spain before you return along the Calabor river valley, passing an abandoned tungsten mine.
Day 4 – A circular walk following grassy trailsthrough wild broom and thyme to the Barragem de Serrada, a beautiful lake surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Day 5 – transfer to Bragança.