The sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora da Peneda” is located high in the mountains and is not in fact part of Melgaço but of another municipality: “Arcos de Valdevez”.
But taking your time to go up there from Melgaço you’ll also enjoy the views and explore the mountains and small villages in the way.
Even just following the road (by bicycle or by car) with some occasional stops you’ll certainly enjoy the view of the wind turbines spinning as they produce electricity, the water courses cutting their way in the mountains and you’ll enter the Peneda-Gerês National Park in “Lamas de Mouro” – Melgaço. It is possible to find wild mountain horses often.
Please don’t forget to check my other posts about Melgaço.
More photos from the sanctuary can be found: HERE
Photos taken in January 2011. Temperatures in Melgaço were around 10-15ºC (50-59F)