Peneda-Gerês: Pedra Bela Viewpoint

by Nuno Madeira
Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante

Pedra Bela Viewpoint, located at 829 meters of altitude, is another place not to miss on a visit to Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Just a few kilometers from the Arado Waterfall, it is a must 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 viewpoint. On a sunny day, the view is simply breathtaking.

The mirror of the blue sky in the water of the Cávado River, or even the small houses in the Gerês Village, seem to fill the canvas of a picture which, say the ancients, was the divine hand that placed that place there, as if it were a piece of crib, perfect and imposing.

Visiting this spot you can see why, whether it be the deep valley, the high mountains that surround the river, the Caniçada reservoir or the rivers that snake the mountains. Nothing better than to stop there for a few moments and contemplate such a landscape.

To enjoy a few minutes at Pedra Bela Viewpoint, which is nothing more than a small rocky balcony, the ideal will be to look for this place in the late afternoon when the vast majority of visitors already there are not.

Miguel Torga, considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century, once said…

Serra!
E qualquer coisa dentro de mim se acalma…
qualquer coisa profunda e dolorida,
traída,
Feita de terra
E alma.

Uma paz de falção na sua altura
A medir as fronteiras:
-Sob a garra dos pés a fraga dura,
E o bico a picar estrelas verdadeiras…

Miguel Torga, Diary II (August 20, 1942)

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante
Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante
Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante
Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante
Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pedra Bela Viewpoint | Diário do Viajante
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