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Parque Natural Nossa Senhora Do Salto

By Gail Aguiar @ImageLegacy

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Most of our Saturday was spent between three places east of Porto, and this was the second — a surprise find and rather hidden away. It’s one of the things I love the most about living in Portugal, especially here in the north: these quiet pockets of nature, no fanfare. Maybe I shouldn’t say too much about it?

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

If you’re driving along the A41/IC24 southbound you could probably see the park if you were seated high up, like from a truck, as the highway goes directly over it. The park is a little slice of paradise with picnic tables, a chapel, interpretive centre, a river (Rio Sousa), and will soon have a swing bridge to cross over the rocky canyon. They were building one while we were there.

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

(Our pooch is such a poser!)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

The park is named after the chapel, a stark white against the greenery and rock. I forgot to get the wide-angle of it I wanted on the way back from the entrance road, but I have to leave something for next time. Here’s the eponymous Capela de Nossa Senhora do Salto:

Capela de Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Capela de Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

And a view from the front door of the chapel:

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto, Aguiar do Sousa (Paredes, Porto)

A mention about the little restaurant attached to a house at the top of the park: they make great alheira com ovo!

alheira com ovo

And lastly, a short video of the river below with a little cascade (we’re in drought conditions):

Parque Natural Nossa Senhora do Salto

September 9, 2017
Album: Portugal [Summer 2017]


Here’s where you can find it… it’s in the freguesia (civil parish) of Aguiar de Sousa, the concelho (county) of Paredes, in the district of Porto.


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