Among the mountains, viewpoints, villages and rich biodiversity and history, the waterfalls of Gerês are one of its main attractions. It is in the north of Portugal, bordering Spain, that you will find the magnificent Peneda-Gerês National Park, a paradise for nature lovers. Inserted in an extraordinarily rich environment in fauna and flora, this mountain range is traversed by an endless stream of rivers and other water courses that culminate in a wonderful set of waterfalls and cascades, but also natural pools, with clear and fresh water, a marvel in the summer! The National Park can be visited throughout the year, but due to the seasonal characteristics of the waterfalls and river flows, we recommend that you visit them between spring and summer, when the water temperature is more pleasant. Some of the waterfalls in Gerês are difficult to access, so be sure to bring appropriate shoes to avoid accidents.
Waterfall of Portela do Homem
The Waterfall of Portela do Homem is one of the best-known waterfalls in Gerês. Despite having only access on foot, it is quite easy to get there, since it is located on the road that connects to the border. You should park further ahead, in the car park next to the border, and return on foot along the road, about half a mile. Before descending, enjoy the magnificent, breath-taking panoramic view.
Waterfall of Fecha das Barjas – Tahiti
The Waterfall of Fecha das Barjas, better known as the Tahiti Waterfall, is one of the most dangerous waterfalls in Gerês, but also one of the most beautiful. To get there, you must follow the road that connects Fafião to Ermida, park by the bridge and descend on the right side with extreme care. Here, the Arado River goes down creating terraces where you can bathe in.
Waterfall of the Arado River
On the banks of the same river, and close to the previous waterfall, we find the Waterfall of the Arado River. Park near the bridge and go up a staircase that leads to a viewpoint, where you can contemplate the beauty of its almost three thousand feet, with a succession of small waterfalls that create a lagoon of clear waters. Go down the slope and take the opportunity to take a dip, in total communion with Nature.
Waterfall Cela Cavalos
Located between the villages of Lapela and Cela, the Waterfall Cela Cavalos is not terribly busy, due to its complicated access, but it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the northern region of Portugal. You must leave the car next to the Chapel of Santa Luzia and follow a dirt road for about 1.2 miles. The path itself offers spectacular views over the valley and the Cávado River, but the highlight will, of course, be when you find the magnificent lagoon.
Waterfall of Pincães
Due to its rare beauty, the Waterfall of Pincães undoubtedly deserves to be among the best waterfalls in Gerês. You must leave the car in the village of Pincães and follow a trail of about 1.2 miles, passing an old oil press and some watermills. After this trail, the waterfall is easily accessible, and the landscape will make you think you are on a paradise island.
Waterfalls of Firvidas
Less well-known, the Waterfalls of Firvidas are in the highlands of the Alto Barroso plateau, in Montalegre. To get there, the access is done only on foot, following a path on land, sometimes flooded. Arriving at the waterfalls, surrounded by vegetation and escarpments, where only the noise of water and birds can be heard, we feel in total harmony with Nature.
Waterfall of Pitões das Júnias
Unlike the previous ones, the Waterfall of Pitões das Júnias is not recommended for bathing, due to the difficulty and danger in accessing its natural pools. But the beauty of its viewpoint, and of the entire Pitões das Júnias region, deserves to be highlighted and, without a doubt, a visit. The trail of Pitões allows you to visit the famous Monastery and the walkway. Follow this access bridge to the viewpoint and enjoy the amazing natural surroundings.
Waterfall of Leonte
The Waterfall of Leonte is also not recommended for bathing but, for its beauty, it deserves to be appreciated, even from a distance. Located on the road that connects Vila do Gerês to the Spanish border, in Portela do Homem, the waterfall is on the left, half a mile before Casa de Leonte, an ancient guard house where we find a ranger controlling the entrance to the forest known as Mata da Albergaria. Another way to see this waterfall is to walk the Trail of Preguiça.