In the northeastern region of Portugal, in the call Terra Cold Transmontana, opens a mountainous area and deep valleys.
75,000 hectares are able to gather one of the richest areas in terms of fauna and flora of Portugal.
The Northeast Transmontano region, where the medieval city of Bragança, Vinhais and Montesinho Natural Park, offers a rugged geography. Carved by a climate of extremes and closer to the rough land of western Castilla León than to the fertile fields of Galicia.
The difficult access to this area for centuries has given it a own character rooted in customs and legends that still endure by word of mouth and a few generations away.
Trail in the Montesinho Natural Park
Together with the Culebra mountain range, which extends into the neighboring Castilian province of Zamora, this natural area has the largest number of mammalian animals in the country with wild boars, wolves, deer and even brown bears that in recent years have come from the Picos de Europa.
Along the Montesinho Natural Park there are three well-defined areas: a large area of chestnut forests, another area of Oak trees and the Meadow that rocks between the contours of the mountains.
Is about the most abundant chestnut area in the country. Not in vain this region of northeastern Portugal was saved from the uncontrolled burning of the great fires that ravaged the country during recent times.
Forest in Montesinho
Man and nature have lived in the Montesinho Natural Park during remote times and even in the XXII century show a perfect symbiosis Hard to find elsewhere.
Also, the weather and abundant nature offers a different show every three months. In the same National Geographic In their December 2004 edition, when talking about this natural park, they dared to release this pearl:
No other protected area better expresses the contrast of stations like Montesinho.
Short-haul roads in Portugal are marked with yellow and red markings