Pedra Bela Viewpoint, located at 829 meters of altitude, is another place not to be missed in a visit to the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Just a few kilometers from the Arado River Waterfall, it is a mandatory passage at any time of the day, but with more intense colors if you visit at the end of the day, as the sun hits the belvedere.
On a sunny day, the view is simply stunning. The mirror of the blue sky in the water of the Cávado River or even the small houses in Vila do Gerês seem to fill the canvas of a painting that, say the ancients, was the divine hand that placed that place there as if it were a perfect and imposing nativity scene.
By looking at the landscape you can see why, be it the deep valley, the high mountains that surround the river, the Caniçada reservoir, or the rivers that wind through the mountain. Nothing better than to stop there for a few moments and contemplate this landscape.
To enjoy a few minutes at the Pedra Bela Belvedere, which is nothing more than a small rocky balcony, the ideal is to look for this place in the late afternoon when the vast majority of visitors are no longer there. The space is small and with a lot of people it ends up being uncomfortable.
The last two times I went there, always at the end of the day, I was lucky, and quiet, to be able to enjoy the silence and the scenery to lose sight of?
As Miguel Torga said…
And something inside me calms down…
something deep and painful,
Made of earth
A peace of falsification in his time
Measuring the boundaries:
– Over the claw of the feet the hard rock,
And the beak pecking at real stars…
Miguel Torga, Diário II (August 20, 1942)
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