Trilho Pertinho do Céu

Hiking in Northwestern Peneda-Gerês

Starting just above the idyllic village of Gavieira, this moderate 8km, 3½-hour loop – whose name translates as 'Close to Heaven Trail' – climbs steadily up a two-lane dirt track before levelling out in bucolic high country between the old stone villages of Branda de Busgalinhas and São Bento do Cando.

Along the way you'll enjoy plenty of picturesque stone walls, red-tile roofs and long vistas stretching across pastures to the Serra da Peneda's rocky peaks.

After admiring the church square in São Bento, begin a long descent east to the Rio Grande, which you'll then follow through Gavieira village back to your starting point.