7 waterfalls, lakes and typical villages to discover in Trás-os-Montes

With the increase in tourism in recent years, we will also increase the destinations and activities available for those who want to travel or walk around Portugal. E Trás-os-Montes, one of the most typical Portuguese regions, is no exception. Apart from its typical villages, it still has a dazzling nature that translates into the largest number of protected areas in the country.

Here it is possible to find a bit of everything to provide excellent fairs to those who choose this region as their destination. And in addition to all the points of interest, it is still worth noting for the excellent gastronomy and the hospitality of two transmontanes, who know how to receive like no other.

Some of these locations are still secret and unknown to the majority. So, hurry up to visit them before everyone else discovers you. Get to know some of the two most dazzling places in Trás-os-Montes, from lakes to waterfalls, passing through their most traditional villages.

1. Lakes of Flavor

Lagos do Sabor

In Trás-os-Montes, along an extension of 70 km, there is a series of lakes linked to each other by gorges and cliffs, which form a sanctuary of jungle life and offer visitors breath-taking landscapes. we falamed two lakes of flavorwhich unites the counties of Alfândega da Fé, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Mogadouro and Torre de Moncorvo.

These lakes were born with the construction of the Baixo Sabor barrage, or that altered the influx of water and led to a change of scenery. It was said that the Flavor lost its title of “last wild river in Portugal”, but the river has not ceased to be surly.

2. Ermelo snoops

behind-the-mountain waterfalls
Fisgas do Ermelo

Ace ermelo snoops It is one of the largest water falls in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe, not precipitating vertically and with a drop of about 200 meters in length.

Even before the water runs out, there are lakes with crystalline waters that are very popular in the summer season. The complex is located in the parish of Ermelo, in the municipality of Mondim de Basto.

3. River of Onor

river of honor
river of honor

to village of river of honor It is crossed by the border between Portugal and Spain, embora, for the inhabitants of this village, the border is hardly a formality, with the population treating both villages (in Portuguese and Spanish) as “povo de acima” and “povo de abaixo” . Here, the cattle often cross the border freely, and the population of two countries often have land on the opposite side of the border.

This is a community village, which means that the inhabitants share some things, such as or oven, agricultural land where everyone must work and a herd, which is enough land. Despite disso, the community style has not been practiced, due to the advanced age of two inhabitants.

4. Poio River Waterfalls

Rio Poio
Rio Poio

The village of Alvadia is traversed by the waters of Poio river, which have been used for many years for the operation of mills and olives, some are still visible in places with little access to this watercourse. It is in this place that is located at the Cai d’Alto waterfall, in the parish of Cerva, in Ribeira de Pena, Vila Real.

This waterfall is about 60 meters high and is born next to the Lamas povoação. The water course converges in a lake, being that the place is widely used in the practice of sports such as canoeing and canyoning.

5. Vilarinho de Negroes

Vilarinho de Negrões
Vilarinho de Negrões

It is on the southern edge of the Albufeira do Alto Rabagão lagoon that you can find the picturesque village of Vilarinho de Negrõesof a well-preserved house and that has the particularity of being on a narrow peninsula, a piece of land settled on the rise of the waters of the barragem.

It is not a typical transmontana village, but with a mirror of water that reflects the light in a beautiful way. In recent years it has become a destination of excellence for those who like to photograph.

6. Cela Cavalos Waterfall

Cela Cavalos Waterfall
Waterfall by Cela Cavalos (António Cunha)

É como se o Ribeiro de Cela Cavalos wanted to give the last ar da sua graça before going to the Rio Cávado. E que bem que ele o faz! The Cascata de Cela cavalos is one of the most beautiful of Gerês and is located in the municipality of Montalegre.

It is also one of the most well-known in this area of ​​the Park. The access is not easy, or it still becomes more appealing. At the end of the road, the beauty mixes with the impossibility and raises one of the two most beautiful places in Gerês.

7. Montesinho


This small village is inserted in the natural park with the same name. Its typical houses are recovered for tourism, and today it is possible to visit this town or center to explore the region. Do not stop visiting his small church and museum, installed in a typical transmontana house, as well as trying the fabulous local cuisine.

em Montesinho It begins a fantastic 10 km pedestrian route, which passes through other two towns of the region: França and Portelo. Along the way, don’t be scared if you see a deer or an Iberian wolf.