The only National
Park in Portugal is the location for the Hotel Pousada do Geres-Canicada
which has magnificent views over the River Cavado, hills and the lake.
Situated in the
Peneda-Geres National Park this former hunter's chalet is covered with climbing
plants. Its welcoming and comfortably furnished lounge with stone fireplace
and wooden beams makes Pousada Geres-Canicada one of the most welcoming of the
Pousadas of Portugal.
About 30 kilometres
to the south is the ancient town of Braga, the religious capital of Portugal.
It has many fine churches, the most important of which is the Se (Cathedral)
which was originally built in the 11th Century on the site of a mosque built when the area was under the rule of the Moors.
The Se has been added to
through the centuries and contains a wealth of architectural gems.
The museum houses a collection
of religious treasures from the 11th Century onwards.
In the Capela dos Reis the
naturally mummified body of Archbishop Lourenco can be viewed.
Three kilometres to the north
of Braga is the Capela de Sao Frutuoso, one of the oldest churches in the
country, dating from the 7th Century.
Four kilometres to the east
is the church Bom Jesus do Monte which is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
This church is reached by a stunning Baroque staircase, of over 1000 steps,
or, by funicular for the fainthearted!
The Pousada of Geres Canicada is the perfect
base for exploring this beautiful area of Portugal.
The Geres Pousada has 28 rooms,
10 with balcony, and 1 superior room, all with private bathroom, air conditioning, Cable television, hair dryer, telephone and minibar.
Facilities include restaurant,
bar, terrace, swimming pool, tennis, free wireless internet access in the public areas, family games and parking.
Sample mouth watering mountain
cuisine, swim in the pool and sleep like a log after enjoying one of the
many activities on offer in the area. These include hunting, fishing (dam),
water sports (dam), cruises, horse riding, country walks, National Park tours and gymnasium (spa).
The international airport
at Porto (Oporto) is approximately 85 kilometers from this Pousada of Portugal.