Parque Natural do Alvao

Parque Natural do Alvao, Mondim de Basto: Address, Phone Number, Parque Natural do Alvao Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Natural do Alvao
4.5

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Ilse v
18 contributions
Great for hiking
Sep 2019 • Couples
Nice nature, great for hiking, nice waterfalls, different trails and nice spots for sunning and swimming.
Written September 12, 2019
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mfctennis
Fort Wayne, IN410 contributions
nature
Oct 2018 • Couples
Really hard to navigate this park. trails are marked but had no map and wanted to go to the cascade at the Fisgas de Ermelo area but never found it. We did happen upon a wonderful herd of goats with dogs and one of the dogs adopted us for awhile until he felt we were safely going the night way home. So sweet. Wish Portugal would have better maps of their trails.
Written November 8, 2018
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kelly a
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
Fantastic hikes!
Oct 2018
Do not miss this national park. The scenery is spectacular! Very interesting to walk under the wind turbines
Written October 14, 2018
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,118 contributions
Nice views and lovely Villages
Jun 2018 • Solo
The Parque Natural do Alvão (Alvão Natural Park) is a small protected area (72 sq km), located due east from Porto, between Mondim de Basto and Vila Real. The altitude in the park reaches 1339 metres, providing some marvellous panoramic views of the surrounding area. The park contains a few small villages with traditional cottages that are worth a visit. One of the main features of the park is a waterfall (Fisgas of Ermelo), but I didn’t see it on this visit.

As I reached the turn-off for the village of Ermelo, I saw a big sign pointing to ‘Ponte Medieval’ (Medieval Bridge). It wasn’t on my route, but it was an opportunity not to be missed, so I made a slight detour and rode down a narrow lane where I found the bridge. It was built in the Late Middle Ages, across the Olo River, which can get rather ‘impetuous’ during the winter. It connects the municipality of Ermelo to Terras de Basto and Minho Province. The little hump-back bridge has a single arch and is wide enough for a small car to drive over. It was renovated in 2005.

After my impromtu visit to the bridge, I headed back towards the village of Ermelo. A sign at the junction depicted a cycling category 2 route that climbs from 370 meters altitude, through Ermelo and Barreiro and ending at an altitude of 995 metres. I followed that 9.6km route and took a few photos of Ermelo, Ferenca and Barreiro along the way.

After my picnic lunch, I visited the small village of Lamas de Olo. Like Ermelo and Barreiro, the village still has some traditional schist and granite houses. However, some of the houses in Lamas de Olo also feature traditional thatched roofs, which I didn’t see in the other villages. At the time of my visit, workers were in the process of removing an old thatched roof from one of the houses. And another house had a collapsed thatched roof. Interestingly, a mountain stream runs through the village – and even down the centre of one of the lanes.

A short distance from Lamas is a reservoir, which provided a final photo opportunity before I left the park.
Written June 21, 2018
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,517 contributions
Lovely place
Apr 2018 • Friends
This natural park is quite high so the scenery is stark and moorland but has a real beauty.. and novelty. The waterfall of Fisgas da Ermelo is presented as being very high but that is misleading as it is a series of cascades. Significant effort is required to explore the terrain properly
Written May 5, 2018
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Filipe
Porto, Portugal45 contributions
Great place
Dec 2017 • Family
Still nice to know that there are places like this in in Portugal!
Beautiful place where you can be one with the nature
Written December 2, 2017
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CurlyMikeN
Glasgow, UK13 contributions
Great day out from Ermelo
Jul 2017 • Family
Well worth grabbing a picnic and setting out early to do the well marked circuit including waterfalls and river swimming. We of course were far too late and drove up to the viewpoint where numerous selfies "hanging " from rocky outcrops were taken. You get here by taking the small turning as the main road crosses the river just before Ermelo (coming from Mondim) . We then stopped to feel some cork oaks on the way down (take no bark they are protected) and at the lower car park from which we walked down 1.6km for a swim in the river pools.
Written July 10, 2017
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,817 contributions
Absolutely thrilling and vertiginous views
Apr 2017 • Couples
Portugal's "Natural Parks" are most like the national parks in the U.S. The Alvao to our mind is much nicer and more "natural" than Portugal's sole national park, the Peneda-Geres. The views here are incredible. At the main viewpoint of the huge and distant Fisgas de Ermelo waterfalls, hiking on to the rocks for a view of the area may induce vertigo as the vistas are so huge and the dropoff so severe. Wow! Later we drove to a parking area near the falls and hiked down to the rapidly flowing river above the falls. My wife jumped into a relatively safe pool - freezing! It was a beautiful spot to sit and watch for a while.
Written May 15, 2017
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,554 contributions
Fisgas de Ermelo
Apr 2017 • Family
These waterfalls are very impressive: do look at them from the viewpoint and then drive up to get above them and walk to them by the path that says "0.6 km"
Written April 20, 2017
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MassageBlast
London, UK8 contributions
The most breathtaking virws
Sep 2016
This Park is such a surprisingly well preserved place. It has one of the richest variety of trees and colours in the area, incredible precipitous rocky valleys and of course, an unmissable water fall.
Written September 10, 2016
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