Portugal

Waterfalls in PortugalPortugal is high on my wishlist for chasing waterfalls. I visited Portugal several times but never visited a waterfall. Almost all interesting waterfalls in Portugal are located in the northern part, near the border with Spain.

This is also the area with several mountainous tops over 1.000 meter with a highest peak of 1.993 meter for the mountain Torres. Anyway Portugal is a mountainous country (especially in the north and middle) where 11.6% of the country lies 700 meter above sea level.

Portugal has a mediterranean climate, warm and dry summers and wet winters. Snow in Portugal is very exceptional, although the year 2006 was an exception with even snow showers in the south.
Most rain falls in wintertime but decreases in springtime, with hardly any rain in summer. I should say that spring is a perfect time to chase waterfalls in Portugal although the average temperature isn’t that high yet.

When the weather gets somewhat warmer Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês is perfect to discover some waterfalls with perfect ponds for a swimming.

The Azores and Madeira also belong to Portugal and these Islands contain the most beautiful waterfalls of the country. Especially the Azores is very interesting when wanting to chase waterfalls. Both Islands are mountainous and there is enough rain to feed the waterfalls.


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Map of waterfalls in Portugal



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Best rated waterfalls in Portugal


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Cascata de Fisgas do Ermelo Vila Real Ermelo 170 m170
3
Frecha da Mizarela Aveiro Mizarela, Rossas (Albergaria da Serra) 75 m75
3
Cascata da Garganta Funda Madeira Pedregal, Ponta do Pargo, Calheta 140 m140
3
Cascata na Ribeira dos Caldeirões Azores - Sao Miguel Achada 3-20 m3
3
Cascata da Ribeira Grande Azores - Flores Fajãzinha 180 m180
2.5
Cascata do Poço do Bacalhau Azores - Flores Fajã Grande (Lajes das Flores) 90 m90
2.5
Cascata de Pitoes das Júnias Vila Real Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre 30 m30
2.5
Cascata da Rocha de Água d’Alte Beja Brunheiras, Vila Nova de Milfontes 30 m30
2.5
Cascata dos Anjos Madeira Ponta do Sol 90 m90
2.5
Salto do Cabrito Azores - Sao Miguel Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande, in Conceição, Ribeira Grande, Ilha de São Miguel 20 m20
2.5
Salto da Farinha Azores - Sao Miguel Salga, Achadinha 20 m20
2.5
Salto Do Prego Azores - Sao Miguel Faial da Terra, Povoação 9 m9
2.5
Cascata da Ribeira Quente Azores - Sao Miguel Ribeira Quente 20-25 m20
2.5
Salto do Andrea e Martin Azores - Sao Miguel Pedreira 80 m80
2.5
Salto do Cagarrão Azores - Sao Miguel Faial da Terra, Agua Retorta, Povoação 6 m6
2.5
Cascata do Aveiro Azores- Santa Maria Maia, Santo Espírito (Vila do Porto) 120 m120
2.5
Cascatas de Fecha de Barjas Braga Ermida (Vilar da Veiga) 40 m40
2.5
Cascata Cela Cavalos Vila Real Cela (Outeiro) 10 m10
2.5
Faia da Água Alta Bragança Lamoso (Bemposta) 35 m35
2
Cascata da Peneda Viana do Castelo Peneda (Gavieira)- Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês 30 m30
2
Cascata das 25 Fontes Madeira Islands Serrado, Ribeira da Janela, Porto Moniz 30 m30
2
Cascata da Cabreia Aveiro Serra da Cabreia, Silva Escura, Sever do Vouga 25 m25
2
Cascata Fraga da Pena Coimbra, Serra do Açor Aldeia de Benfeita, Arganil 20 m20
2
Cascata da Levada Madeira Ponta do Sol 8 m8
2
Cascata do Arado Braga Ermida, Vilar da Veiga 15-100+ m15
2
Cascata do Poço Negro Viseu Sernadinha, Manhouce 5 m5
2
Cascata de Anços Lissabon Montelavar 6 m6
2

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