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Campervan Adventures in Spain & Portugal: Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês & Ourense

Today we woke up early as the church bells were blasting from the speakers every half hour from 6:30! Too early! So had to get up and get going. First stop was Gerês which is a spa/hot springs town and I expected it to be more like Luso - cute and fun to walk around

But it really wasn't very nice. Or nothing special. 

However this pup did decide that he was our tour guide and walked around town with us which was nice. 

Next up was the Trilho da Preguica hike starting at this viewpoint. It was good we were there early as the only parking was in a small spot on the side of the road (and we were lucky someone was just leaving when we arrived as it was already full!)

The hike was nice and we looped around and had lunch at the viewpoint where we started

Then we drove up to the border with Spain for one last hike in Portugal - Roman Road and Cascata das Lagoas da Mata de Albergaria

The waterfall was pretty nice and we took a break to relax there

Mile markers along the Roman road

The trail was very rocky

On the way back we cut over to spy on Cascata da Portela do Homem which was really nice as well

This was a really nice area to wander around, but we were happy to be back in Spain with the nice roads!

We headed on to Ourense which is another hot spring town to spend the night. We ended up parking in a parking lot near the one spring as there was room. 

We wandered around a bit and stuck our feet in the hot springs...but it was way too hot for me! I don't know how Raymond let his feet soak like that! Mine were in and out. 

15.73km walked/91 flights



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