Explore a little the villas and villages that tell you stories and traditions of Gerês. On this page we present some of our suggestions.
Countryside of Gerês
Campo do Gerês is a parish in the municipality of Terras de Bouro, Braga district, also known as São João do Campo with 62,38 km² of area and 162 inhabitants in 2011. 187 inhabitants (2001).
This old village is situated next to the Mata da Albergaria in the Peneda- Gerês National Park , 15 km from the county seat. It houses the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho das Furnas to preserve the memory of the submerged locality in 1972 due to the construction of a dam.
Its heritage includes the Roman Road XVIII (Geira), the Cruzeiro de São João do Campo and the Milestone Covide e Campo.
Vilarinho das Furnas
Schedule your holiday in Gerês to see the old submerged houses
Vilarinho das Furnas was a village in the parish of Campo do Gerês, located in the municipality of Terras de Bouro, in the district of Braga. At present, since 1971, this village is submerged by the dam dam of Vilarinho das Furnas.
However, when the dam is emptied for cleaning or when the water level falls during periods of drought, the houses, paths and walls of the old village can still be seen.
The viewpoint of excellence
Brufe is a traditional village located on the right bank of the dam of Vilarinho das Furnas, northwest of Campo do Gerês. In 2011 it had 50 inhabitants in 14 family nuclei. Its position, the half-slope, makes of it a splendid viewpoint. The road that crosses the dam wall of Vilarinho das Furnas directly connects Brufe to Campo do Gerês.
Like most of the houses in the traditional villages of this region, the granite houses consist of two floors, the ground floor is the accommodation of the animals and the first floor is the family room.
In this locality you will find the famous restaurant " O Abocanhado ".
The castle and the granaries
Lindoso is a village and parish of the municipality of Ponte da Barca, with 427 residents in 2011. Its castle, an impressive military work, is of medieval origin, having been enlarged in the seventeenth century.
In the vicinity of the castle there is the largest concentration of magnificent granary granaries (about 50). The granaries were constructed in windy places, next to great natural lages of granite used for eiras.
It was in these structures erected in columns that the corn was kept and protected from moisture, birds and rodents. The granaries are surmounted by a simple or ornate cross, urn, pyramid, etc., and the door was inscribed on the date of construction.
In addition to Gerês
Tourém is a Portuguese parish of the municipality of Montalegre, with 151 inhabitants (2011). The village of Tourém is the only Portuguese settlement located north of the Gerês mountain range, on the left bank of the Salas river. It is a Portuguese enclave in Spain, since it is separated from the rest of the territory by the dam of a Spanish dam (Encoro de Salas) and is only accessible through a bridge
Rural tourism in Gerês and granaries
Soajo is a village and parish of the county of Arcos de Valdevez, with 58.59 km ² of area and 986 residents, according to the Census of 2011. It is known for its lagoons and the famous granaries of Soajo, a community river consisting of 24 granaries, All in stone and based on an outcrop of granite, being the oldest of 1782.
An unrivaled rurality
Castro Laboreiro is a village and parish of the county of Melgaço, located in the Serra do Laboreiro with close to 100 km ² of area and 540 residents in 2011, has its origin in a Romanized castro. One can visit the cascade of the Laboreiro, the Castle, the community ovens and a series of bridges of Roman origin.
In December, the population was beginning to fall to the bottom where everyone should be on Christmas Eve. This migration was carried out on foot and in ox carts, transporting cattle, breeding, utensils, clothes and others. The tents were closed until at the height of Easter the population rose again.
In Castro Laboreiro there is possibly the largest peninsular concentration of prehistoric dolmens (more than a hundred tapirs or dolmens), some menhirs and Cremdoura, where the corpses were incinerated, as well as cave paintings and engravings.
Pitons of the Júnias
The village at the gates of heaven
Pitões das Júnias is a parish in the municipality of Montalegre, with 161 residents in 2011. It is one of the highest villages in Portugal.
Not to miss a visit to the ruins of the beautiful monastery of Santa Maria das Júnias, from the 12th century, I was home to monks of São Bento. In this village, taking a walk along abandoned agricultural fields, there is a beautiful cascade, where in the summer they take refreshing baths in the immensity of silence.