The Mountain Village of Cortes do Meio, located in the council of Covilhã, 12 km away from Unhais da Serra, is known as capital of the natural pools. There are at least 12 natural pools with refreshing crystal-clear waters and surprising natural settings.
Ribeira de Cortes is a semi-glacial stream on the southern slope of Serra da Estrela that surrounds the small village, being an inexhaustible source of fresh and clear water.
Make sure you remember the names of the most iconic natural pools of Cortes do Meio: Poço da Fatela; Poço da Ponte Velha; Poço da Monteira; Poço das Azenhas; Poço do Funil; Poço do Forno Velho; Poço da Formica; Poço do Combarão; Poço do Embude; Poço da Penha Fundeira; Poço do Inferno and Poço da Cascata. All of them are properly signed.
Poço da Fatela is a huge natural pool of emerald waters and a waterfall for a very invigorating natural massage.
Poço da Ponte Velha is, perhaps, the most instagrammable of the lakes. Ideal for families with children.
Poço da Monteira is the river beach to the village of Cortes do Meio. A large expanse of water, waterfalls, a bar and a picnic area. And from here it's all the way up!
Poço das Azenhas, a dazzling landscape with the testimony of the old wool factories. Testimonies of History, at the heart of nature, always renewed after long winters.
Poço do Funil is really beautiful and in its small waterfall you can dive safely.
Poço do Forno Velho has a far-reaching natural pool.
Poço da Formiga provides an access bridge to Poço do Combarão.
Poço do Combarão is a true paradise.
Poço do Embude owns a small natural pool, but several waterfalls
Poço da Penha Fundeira was born for Instagram! A true must!
Poço do Inferno or Penha Cimeira: the next stop, near a shepherd's shelter.
Poço da Cascata, the last of the climbing is 1,400 meters high with a 20 m-high waterfall. It’s a very distinguishing waterfall and its crystal-clear lagoon defines the Mountain Village of Cortes do Meio as a unique place! The very epic gift from nature.
Born out of the snow of winter, these waters are an inescapable refreshing blessing during Summer time!