Nature fix for Kids (walk 8)
Waterfalls / Cascata de Anços
Please note: We did this walk in December and this an opportunity for those who didn't attend to come along and see the waterfalls before the weather becomes too dry
When: 11am 1.3.20
Price: 10 euros
How long: Approx: 2.5 hours
Trail: Cascata de Anços, Montelavar, Sintra
The magical waterfalls near the town of Anços in the northeast of the Serra de Sintra National Park plunge delightfully over cliffs into the lush gorge of the Rio Mourão. There are very few waterfalls in the Lisbon region and this particular one is a stunning example of nature at its best – a welcome surprise when so close to a major capital city.
The waterfalls are a short walk along a tree lined path that leads down into the valley from where you can park your car. At the bottom of the path you’ll see the ruins of a watermill, and the path down to the river here leads to the lower falls. Continue past the mill to reach the main falls, where a little scrambling over rocks will take you right to the pool at the bottom. The “bridge” that crosses the stream is more solid than it looks and provides access to the waterfalls from the other side.
Bring: Snacks, rain jacket, hat, good boots or wellies and a sense of adventure.
Forecast: Possible rain but looking good.
Benefits: See link on website
Don't Bring: Phones
Includes: Guide and Insurance
Languages: English and Portuguese
Meeting point: Cascata de Anços, Montelavar, Sintra
See map below:
How to get there:
From the N9 or the the N117, follow signs for Pêro Pinheiro. Soon after Pedra Furada, head north to the small village of Anços. As you head out of the village via a steep incline, you will see a painted sign reading 'Cascatas' on a rock wall with an arrow directing you to the left. You will then come to a T-junction where you can park. There is painted sign on the road directing you down to the waterfalls.
GPS: GPS 38.874748, -9.311506
Next walk: March 2020