Top things to do in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Village in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Rio de Onor

This lovely little town of 70 souls situated in the eastern half of the park is entirely unfazed by the Spanish–Portuguese border splicing it down the middle. It’s interesting not just for its rustic stone buildings…
Village in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Dine

One of the prettiest, best-preserved villages in the western half of the park, Dine is home to a tiny archaeological museum, which documents the 1984 find by a Danish diplomat of Iron Age remains in a nearby cave. T…
Village in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Montesinho

Hidden at the end of the road in a narrow valley wedged between forbidding granite heights, this tiny village is one of the park’s best-preserved, thanks to a program to restore old dwellings and stop construction o…
Village in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Moimenta

Moimenta has a lovely core of granite houses roofed in terracotta, plus a small baroque church – a rare dose of luxury in this austere corner of Portugal. The pretty 7km Calçada loop trail descends from town into th…
Portuguese in Parque Natural de Montesinho

O Trilho

Smack on the riverfront in Rio de Onor, this little restaurant makes a nice spot to chill after walking around the village. As elsewhere in Trás-os-Montes, grilled meat – from sausages to steak – is the speciality. …
Portuguese in Parque Natural de Montesinho

O Abel

Well-known for top-notch barbecues prepared by Mr Abel himself, this long-established, family-run restaurant 7km east of Bragança draws crowds from all over the region for delicious veal steaks, lamb, smoked sausage…
Portuguese in Parque Natural de Montesinho

O Careto

Inside a traditional house in Varge village, the lovely Fátima presides over this family-run restaurant, which has been serving delicious dishes showcasing local beef, lamb and sausages for over 25 years.
Portuguese in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Dom Roberto

Catch a cab out to this traditional roadside tavern 7km from town, in the village of Gimonde en route to Montesinho. The ambience is down-home rural – think wooden beams and smoked hams hanging off the walls – and t…
Portuguese in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Taberna do Capelas

This tavern in the tiny village of Parâmio is open all day long for coffee and drinks; at lunch and dinnertime it also serves simple meals featuring smoked sausages and local veggies, and tender meats such as lamb a…
Cafe in Parque Natural de Montesinho

Café Montesinho

A cosy spot in the hub of the village, stone-walled Café Montesinho serves snacks and drinks, and also rents an upstairs two-bedroom apartment (€50) that sleeps up to four people, complete with kitchen and a pleasan…