7 waterfalls, baloiços and paths to discover in Serra da Lousã

There is no denying it: Serra da Lousã is coming to be transformed into two of the most popular destinations in Portugal. The truth is that this region already possessed all the necessary ingredients for its success, but the last few years have brought a different dynamism, the result of local and original initiatives that have placed Lousã in the mouths of the world.

It is possible to go through some of the two most emblematic places of the mountain through 2 passages: Fragas de São Simão and Ribeira de Quelhas. Along the way you can discover some small waterfalls and lakes where you can cool off. But you can also choose to carry out some of the various official trilhos and cross yourself with charm balls, for example.

All of this and much more of a mountain than is known by its dazzling villages of existence, which have been the object of recovery in recent years and, in some of them, there are even new inhabitants. Discover some of the most beautiful passageways, waterfalls and baloiços to visit in Serra da Lousã.

1. Fragas Passageway of São Simão

Fragas Passageway in São Simão

A walk is sought that leads to a pleasant walk through nature with a refreshing mergulho in clear waters, then you Passadiços das Fragas de São Simão they are perfect for themselves. Located in the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos, just 1.7 kilometers from the Miradouro das Fragas de São Simão link to the village of Casal de São Simão.

This walkway accompanies the Alge riverbank and links the main attractions of the area: the river beach, the village and the miradouro. One of the most picturesque and beautiful parts of the road is the escadaria, which links the viewpoint to the beach, with a route of about one kilometer.

2. Candal Waterfall

Candal Waterfall
Candal Waterfall

It is one of two great natural treasures of the Serra da Lousã and it is still quase secret, unknown to the majority of tourists who visit this region. And it is not difficult to find it: it is located 800 meters from the village with the same name and, to get there, you just have to walk the Trilho da Rota da Levada, always along the São João riverbank.

Along the way you will discover several mines (2 abandoned and others recovered and in operation). It will continue through a leafy valley full of trees until reaching the waterfall. There, leave the caves carved on the shoreline and approach it to be able to see its splendor in all its splendor. It is not one of the biggest days in the country, but it is certainly one of the most beautiful days.

3. Passadicos da Ribeira de Quelhas

Passadicos da Ribeira de Quelhas
Passadicos da Ribeira de Quelhas

The Ribeira de Quelhas is one of the two most well-guarded secrets of Serra da Lousã. Ou melhor… it was! Deixou de o ser since these passageways were built here.

In order to discover its waterfalls and natural lakes, it was necessary to undertake a difficult and demanding path that became easier after taking two steps. Don’t worry about taking enough water with you, comfortable shoes and sunscreen!

4. Baloico do Trevim

Baloiço do Trevim (Lousã)
Baloiço do Trevim (Lousã)

Located at the highest point of the Serra da Lousã, at an altitude of 1,200 meters. The Baloiço do Trevim is one of the two most famous Baloicos from Portugal. At sight it is magnificent and the sensation of baloiçar in this place is stunning.

Or best of all? It is the perfect excuse to discover the many villages of ancient roundness: Talasnal, Vaqueirinho, Catarredor, Chiqueiro, Candal… or it is difficult to choose.

5. Ribeira de Quelhas Waterfall

Ribeira das Quelhas Waterfalls
Ribeira das Quelhas Waterfalls

This riverbank of the Serra da Lousã actually has several waterfalls (each one of them with a little bit of water where it is possible to cool off on hot summer days). And with the construction of two passages along this water course, it is much easier to hit them.

In order to enjoy this dazzling landscape, you must leave your car near the village of Coentral Grande (or parking itself next to the start of two alleyways may be limited on busy days). Afterwards, it was time to walk the path and appreciate all the small lakes and waterfalls on the riverbank.

6. Baloico do Burgo

Baloiço do Burgo
Baloiço do Burgo

It is in the fluvial beach of Senhora da Piedade that there is a beautiful baloiço that is, without doubt, one of the two most beautiful and original from Portugal. It serves to remind us of how romantic this region can be, with a small waterfall as background cloth.

You may have to grind your feet to sit on this balcony, but trust us: it’s worth it and the photographs taken here are always successful. If you are visiting on a hot summer day, take the opportunity to give some mergulhos on the river beach the same next door.

7. Passages of Cerro da Candosa

Passadiços do Cerro da Candosa
Passadiços do Cerro da Candosa

Here, at the gates of the Serra da Lousã, that the Ceira River opens its way through imposing quartz walls, creating an incredible cenário. And it is precisely in these forges, where the a capella of Nossa Senhora da Candosa rises, that the passageways were built.

Despite not being large (it has 1.2 km round trip), the route has a great beauty. Waiting for you, you will find escadarias encavalitadas in the gorge, a total of 450 degrees, and various viewpoints, with privileged views over the Ceira Valley and the majestic Cabril Gorge.