Setting off by jeep from Campo do Gerês, between the Cávado and Homem rivers, the first point of interest is the Lindoso Dam. When the reservoir is at a low level, it reveals the abandoned village of Vilarinho das Furnas, covered by water for most of the year.
When you arrive at Mata da Albergaria, leave the car behind and take to the footpath. The walk through to Portela do Homem is more than worth the effort. Shepherds have marked out paths using "mariolas", small stone piles serving as route markers. These will lead you to the beautiful waterfalls, ideal for a brief stop.
As well as walking, you can climb, abseil and slide.
Should you bring a bike along, follow the centuries-old marker posts on the former Roman road. Make it to the Junceda viewpoint, 950 metres up, and enjoy views over the hills and villages.
In the far north-west of Serra do Gerês, visit the village communities of Pitões das Júnias and Tourém, which have held onto their traditional customs. Pitões is the end of the road, but there is still plenty more to see. Waterfalls and a Benedictine monastery are just some of the surprises up in these hills.
Take up the challenge and discover the well-preserved world of Gerês.