Growing up my outdoor activities were limited to “going to the beach” and hiking was not something I ever imaged myself doing – woods, bugs, sweat… pass!! But then I moved to the US and married a hiker… I had never hiked before 2008 and now I love it!
In September we went to Portugal to visit my family and friends and we did something that I had never done there – hiked! We hiked the Brandas de Sistelo trail.
Sistelo is a village situated in North of Portugal, set in the foothills of the Peneda Geres National Park, on the left side of the river Vez. The trail is an easy loop (about 5.3 miles) that winds through different brandas (brandas are “villages” made by shepperds to move with herds in search of better pastures. They were used mainly in the summer, when the fields around the village were being cultivated).
The trail is fairly easy with the occasional increase in altitude (the highest point in about 2700 ft) and it’s all around beautiful. You walk through villages, through open ridge and the views are spectacular. The scenery is so much different from anything I’ve ever hiked here…
I took so many pictures… here are some to show a little of it (as usual, the pictures don’t do justice to this incredible place!)
It is a beautiful world out there – enjoy it!