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Campervan Adventures in Spain & Portugal: Bom Jesus do Monte & Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês

Today was a great day! We started by driving to the bottom of Bom Jesus do Monte and walking up the stairs to the church (there was also a funicular)

The first small set of stairs had these buildings

With the story of Jesus inside

We were there when the sun was coming up and in a bad place to take photos! But it was gorgeous!


There was this fake cave

And of course gorgeous views!

Then we headed on to Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês. First stop was Ponte da Misarela for a short hike and a lunch break

We had lunch here by the waterfall and Devil's bridge

Then continued on a little ways

Saw some goat friends

Then we drove on to Pincães for another waterfall hike

This was such a nice hike! It was forested and you climb up some rocks and suddenly there is a waterfall! If it had been warmer we could have swam in the pool there

The way there was a bit tricky, but you just followed this little aqueduct thing

Then it was on to camp (Ermida Gerês Camping) where we had a kitty who was watching over everything!

It was a gorgeous area! The camp is in the park and we had another hike to do, but decided to relax a bit and do it after dinner. 

On the way to another waterfall, Cascata da Rajada, and we started seeing lots of these small buildings. 

Taking a break at the falls

A very green spider friend

So many nice flowers along the trail

The church in town - these bells went off all the time and we were walking by when they did and it wasn't actually the bells! They have a speaker set up that blasts bells and was so loud! Camp was not far from here and...well we had to get up early the next morning because these bells started going off at 6:30! I guess that is what time everyone must get up here! I don't think I have ever seen just a speaker blaring bells before. Still it was a great day!

16.22km walked/97 flights


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