Fodor's Expert Review Parque Natural de Montesinho

Bragança Park (National/State/Provincial)

A swath of hilly land north of Bragança forms a 185,000-acre protected area where some fine walks are marked out. Information can be found online, at the park headquarters in Bragança—where you can also book visits to ethnographic museums in the villages of Babe, Caravela, and Palácios—or at the Vinhais park entrance. Local wildlife includes a growing population of Iberian wolves, which shun contact with humans but are a focus for safari tours. In the villages that dot the park, some ancient traditions survive. Rio de Onor, right on the Spanish border in Portugal's far northeastern corner, is officially a separate village from its Spanish twin, but some land is still used communally by residents from both. There are protected parks on the Spanish side of the frontier, too. This is one of the most remote, least developed swaths of either country. In traditional dwellings of Rio de Onor and other nearby hamlets, livestock inhabit the ground floor and humans live one story up, warmed... READ MORE

A swath of hilly land north of Bragança forms a 185,000-acre protected area where some fine walks are marked out. Information can be found online, at the park headquarters in Bragança—where you can also book visits to ethnographic museums in the villages of Babe, Caravela, and Palácios—or at the Vinhais park entrance. Local wildlife includes a growing population of Iberian wolves, which shun contact with humans but are a focus for safari tours. In the villages that dot the park, some ancient traditions survive. Rio de Onor, right on the Spanish border in Portugal's far northeastern corner, is officially a separate village from its Spanish twin, but some land is still used communally by residents from both. There are protected parks on the Spanish side of the frontier, too. This is one of the most remote, least developed swaths of either country. In traditional dwellings of Rio de Onor and other nearby hamlets, livestock inhabit the ground floor and humans live one story up, warmed by the animals' body heat in cold winter months.

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Park (National/State/Provincial)

Quick Facts

Associação de Defesa & Promoção do Parque Natural de Montesinho
Bragança, Bragança  5300-999, Portugal

93-833–1942

www.montesinhovivo.pt

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