The Montesinho Natural Park occupies 75,000 hectares between Bragança and the Spanish border and forms one of the best natural and cultural landscapes in the region of Trás-os-Montes.
This great park is composed of a mosaic of meadows, oakwoods, great chestnuts, and deep gorges. It also features old stone hamlets where rural traditions are kept alive.
The park was created to preserve both the 88 villages in the area as well as their natural surroundings. Fauna is varied here, composed of wild boars, foxes, Iberian wolves, vultures… and most of it is protected.
The vegetation that dominates the area is mainly composed of chestnuts and oakwoods, although the high areas are populated by heather and rockrose.
In the town of Rio de Onor, a Spanish and Portuguese village, the traditional customs are kept alive, as it also happens in Guadramil, another border village.
Some other must-visit towns are Pinheiro Novo, Moinmenta, Dine, Montesinho, and Varge.
The best basecamp to explore the park is Bragança. There are several towns with accommodation more into the park, but transportation is unreliable.
The Montesinho Natural Park is a perfect place for biking and hiking. Tourist centres have free booklets with the eleven signaled trails. The many streams and rivers in the area crate river beaches ideal of bathing, fishing, or canoeing. One of the most beautiful beaches is the one in the village of Fresulfe, in the heart of the park.
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