peneda gerês national park

Peneda-Gerês National Park


The Park was created in 1971 and forms part of the National Network of Protected Areas, administered by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature, Biodiversity and Forestry (ICNF). The area is officially classified as a National Park (the only protected area in Portugal granted this classification) due to the existence of relatively extensive ecosystems which have not been significantly affected by man. The park features considerable biodiversity and natural values of interest to conservation. It covers an area of 70,000 hectares spread over 5 municipalities: Melgaço, Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca, Terras de Bouro and Montalegre. Geographically, the reserve covers the plateaus of Castro Laboreiro and Mourela, between which lie the uplands of Peneda, Soajo, Amarela and Gerês. The region has a significant human presence and is home to around 9,000 people. Farming and livestock breeding, once the population´s main source of income, have given way to new economic activities with a focus on tourism, heritage and cultural sectors.




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instituto de conservação da natureza
adere peneda gerês
european charter sustainable tourism
reserva da bioesfera