The immediate surroundings

The immediate surroundings:

Vale de Bouro is located in a valley cut out by a tributary of the Rio Veade, which eventually flows into the river Tamega. In the surrounding mountains are numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty: walks through Vale de Bouro and neighbouring villages, such as Fermil, Ribas, Corgo and Gandarela de Basto, where you can stop at one of the local cafés. If you peace and quiet is what you’re looking for, you can set off directly into the mountains from our site without meeting anyone.

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Our wider environment:

Vale de Bouro is located in a region where three provinces meet:
O Minho, Trás-os-Montes and O Douro Litoral. The north of Portugal is a green and mountainous region with the following nature reserves:
Serra da Cabreira (about 30 km from here)
Parque natural Alvão, with the waterfall Fisgas the Ermelo (about 20 km)
Parque National da Peneda Gerês (about 60 km).
All very worth a visit!

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Lakes:

The area has numerous reservoir lakes of varying size surrounded by beautiful countryside. Below we mention a few, but there are many more:

Barragem da Queimadela (which you can walk all the way round)
Barragem da Venda Nova,
Barregem the Guilhofrei, water skiing possible,
Barragem the Salamonde.

Besides the lakes, there are also natural river beaches such as Praia Fluvial in Fermil (5 km from us) and Arco Baúlhe (14 km from us).

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zwemmen in Fermil

zwemmen in Fermil

Panorama viewpoints:

There are many beautiful panoramas in the area; we mention just a few:

Viso (altitude 851 m, about 8 km away),
Senhora da Graça (altitude 941 m, 14 km away),
Penha (altitude 532 m, 45 km away).

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Ecopista:

The old railway line between Amarante and Arco de Baúlhe is now in use as a cycling route. It is a beautiful, easy-to-walk path about 39 km long. Every 4 to 6 km is a small village with an old train station. Some stations have been converted to private homes, tourist information points or otherwise renovated. The others are derelict.

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Towns and villages:

The region has many unspoilt towns and villages, each with its own flavour and attractions.

Mondim de Basto (a beautiful old town, with a magnificent view of Senhora da Graça, 11 km)
Celorico de Basto (Saturday morning market, 12 km)
Cabeceiras de Basto (nice big old church, mini-zoo, Centro Hipico, large Monday morning market, 19 km)
Amarante (river along lovely old town with a beautiful open monastery and museum, 35 km)
Guimarães (various churches and castles, old beautifully restored downtown area with nice cafés and restaurants, great view of Penha, 45 km)
Braga (old city with many attractions, including the Bom Jesus pilgrimage destination, 60 km)
Porto (capital of the north, Port Wine, Old Town, museums, cafés and restaurants, close to the sea, 95 km)

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