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“Beautiful and peaceful”

Mata Nacional do Bucaco
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Luso
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 28 December 2013

This is an amazing forest - beautiful and peaceful! It was easy to get to from Luso and only €5 to enter with a car. Once inside, you can drive around, hike or simply wonder around as you like. There is still some evidence of the storm earlier this year, however, it does not take away from the beauty of this place.

1  Thank Rene K
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Overlook the recent storm damage and explore this wonderful mystery forest. Don't bother trying to follow a particular path on the map. Just wander. The damaged forest itself is still awe inspiring, but it the ghosts of the barefoot friars who lived here for centuries that most captivated me. Here you find a crumbling stone house, or just a simple cave, all but taken over now by the lush greenery - remains of the hermitages inhabited by the silent friars. Here you find a little stone chapel with a spectacular view over the forest and the palace. Here you find a simple stone building with an iron door, and inside an amazing tableau in life-size terra cotta, of Christ on his final journey. If you drive up to look at the view from the Cruz Alta, don't forget to walk down the ancient stone pathway until you come upon the cluster of chapels with the spectacular view over the palace and the ancient forest (I think many visitors miss this). If you become as enthralled as I did, go into the Palace Hotel and buy the little paperback book about Bussaco that is gathering dust near the reception office. It is beautifully written, poetic really, and will continue to enhance your experience of the wonderful, beautiful mystery that I found this place to be.

3  Thank Jacobus2
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The hiking trails are beautiful. We were there in April and they had a very bad storm a few months prior to our visit. A lot of the trails were closed, but the ones that were open were breathtaking. The workmen were clearing trees that had fallen and were opening some of the closed trails. I would return here anytime, and plan to in the future. We also stayed at the hotel and it was a wonderful experience.

Thank Marilee10
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Buçaco national park, is really beautiful, but for those who really want to explore, they have to bring comfortable shoes and bring with food and water.

The objective of this visit was to hike through the park, making a little bit of the water, religious and nature trails.

Tips: bring water and food, because there is only food in a restaurant near Buçaco Palace. Bring comfortable shoes. And most important get the map on the web, because you will need it to plan the hike (because you won’t be able to all the trails in one day) and because there isn’t almost any signalization of the trails so, the map is really necessary!

As we arrived to Luso by train, we choose to stay in Hotel Central, because it’s very near of a point of entry into the park. But if you don’t want to hike this path (see the stairs in picture), you can always do by taxi or car ( if you go by car, you have to pay 5€ to enter the park, those who are going on foot, don´t pay anything).

This is a beautiful park, but it needs some improvement, because there isn’t any signalization of the trails, and some trails like the water trail has been much damaged in a storm that happened a few years ago, and that made some serious damages all through the park and until now they weren’t capable of restoring things as they were.

So in our visit we did part of the nature trail, and then made a huge part of the religious trail that took us to Cruz Alta, the highest point in the park, that has a great view of the mountains.
Notice, that the religious trail is a trail made in stone, so be prepared to some effort on doing this trail, but the end point is worth it!

After Alta Cruz, we went down the religious trail, and them did some part of the water trail, which is a trail of fountains, but the fountains are in need to be recovered, and they didn´t have water running. And then we did part of the nature trail, which is really beautiful, and them we’ve exited the park trough the same point of entry.

We did this in 6 hours of hiking. Notice that, the park closes at 8 pm, but you have to take in account the sunset, and the lack of natural light, so we've exited the park around 7 pm.

We really recommend a visit to the park, but prepare the visit before, so that you can make the most of it!!

5  Thank lisbon79
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Just gorgeous. The Palace of Bussaco is stunning. great for a cocktail before heading off for dinner

Thank klaus m
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