Lisbon Waterfalls

Top 9 Waterfalls in the Lisbon Area

Let’s go chasing waterfalls with the top 9 waterfalls in the Lisbon area! Lisbon is not just cities, monuments and castles! With a variety of natural parks in surrounding areas, you can have the best of both worlds! You may want to hire a car to get around as most tours won’t take you to these locations. Though these are not exactly waterfalls you can bathe in, they do make for a wonderful day out in nature! Most waterfalls are quite easy to find as they are located in small towns and villages that point you in the right direction. Also the locals are quite proud of the waterfalls, so they’re more than happy to help you find them!

1. Cascata dos Ancos

Just 40 minutes from Lisbon, and 20 minutes drive from the center of Sintra, you’ll find the spectacular Ancos Waterfall! Also named Rio Mourao Waterfall, it is an idylic location for hiking and exploring nature! To get here you can drive to the village of Ancos and from here hike along a great trail with signs pointing you in the right direction! Bring along a backpack with a picnic! It’s the perfect location for enjoying lunch with trickling water in the background! Total hiking duration is less than 1 kilometer both ways!

2. Cascata da Fervenca

Only 10 kilometers away from Ancos, you’ll find the beautiful Fervenca Waterfall! We recommend visiting both waterfalls and leaving this one for your return as it is closer to Lisbon. To get here, you’ll need to get to the restaurant Retiro do Baiao. There is a car park, so you can leave your car and hike approximately 200 meters to the waterfall. A fantastic waterfall with giant rocks at its base, it’s quite lovely for that special holiday picture! The only con is that it is close to a factory, so you may find a bit of debris in the area.

3. Cascata de Pisoes

Another little jewel in Sintra, the Pisoes Waterfall! If you’re heading out to Sintra on your own, a short walk south, past the labyrinth grotto, you’ll find a lush green area with the beautiful Pisoes waterfall! A small but beautiful waterfall that makes for the perfect picnic spot on a day trip to Sintra!

4. Cascata de Armes

Another wonderful little waterfall in Sintra! Head to the village of Armes, and almost at the exit, you’ll find a turn to the left. Turn left towards the cul-de-sac and from here you can walk down to this lovely little waterfall! You’ll cross a bridge and continue on along the path where you will walk under an overpass. Next you’ll take the trail by an abandoned house leading you to the waterfall!

5. Cascata de Monstrontas

Another little lovely surprise in the Sintra area! Head to Mastrontas and just by the train track you can park you car and descent the dirt track to this lovely green waterfall. You’ll also have to cross a bridge to reach it, and once you are over the bridge you will get a view from above! You can descend to the base of the waterfall, but the trail can be a bit tricky and slippery, so viewing from above would be the safest bet, especially if you are travelling with children. If you’re a bit more adventurous, give it a try!

6. Cascata de Facao

Between the Fervenca and Armes Waterfalls, you’ll find the lovely Facao Waterfall! In arriving in Facao village, you can cross the bridge until you are driving along the river, you’ll find some ruins ahead where you can park your car. Next you start off on foot, walking past a trail by a wooden house, until you reach a field. Cross that field and you’ll soon find Facao Waterfall!

7. Cascata de Alcube

Taking in further south in the municipality of Setubal, you will find the beautiful Alcube Waterfall! Just by the Arrabida Natural Park, and in the lovely village of Azeitao. If you drive towards Quinta de Alcube you’ll be able to park your car and walk along the river to this beautiful waterfall! The added bonus is that Quinta de Alcube is a well known winery, so you can enjoy some fantastic wine after your adventure!

8. Cascata Cai Agua

In the heart of Sao Pedro do Estoril, between Lisbon and Cascais, you’ll be able to see the lovely Cai Agua Waterfall. Though not surrounded by the lush greenery of the Sintra waterfalls, this rock waterfall joins the river to the ocean! Start at the Pedra do Sal Interpretation Center. Here you can park your car and walk the 200 meters that takes you over a small bridge overlooking the waterfall. We recommend viewing this waterfall from above, as the rocks can be a bit slippery and dangerous.

9. Cascata de Magoito

A bit of a challenge to find, as you’ll have to follow our directions, or ask the locals – they’re happy to point you in the right direction! Drive to Casal-A-dos-Eis, and you’ll find a winding road leading to a descent. At the end of the road you’ll find a small dirt area where you can park your car and walk the rest of the route. To let you know you’re in the right place, you’ll be able to see two windmills just ahead of you, up on a hill. As soon as you get on the trail, turn left and further up ahead you turn right. It is here you will find the mossy green rock waterfall!