Hiking routes

Lousã, with its stunning natural surroundings in the Serra da Lousã, offers a variety of hiking routes suitable for hikers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trekker, you’ll find trails that lead you through lush forests, by sparkling rivers, and to breathtaking viewpoints. Here are a few hiking routes in Lousã:

  1. PR1 – Lousã Castle Trail (Rota do Castelo): This is a relatively easy circular trail that takes you to Lousã Castle, offering stunning panoramic views of the town and surrounding landscape. The trail is about 3.5 kilometers long and is suitable for all levels.
  2. PR2 – Cerdeira Schist Village Trail: This moderate 10-kilometer loop trail starts in the town of Lousã and takes you through the scenic hills to the picturesque schist village of Cerdeira. The path winds through dense forests and offers a delightful view of traditional schist houses.
  3. PR3 – Lousã River Beach Trail (Ribeira de S. João): This easy, family-friendly trail follows the Ribeira de S. João river and leads to a beautiful river beach. It’s a short 2.5-kilometer round trip, making it an ideal option for a leisurely stroll and a refreshing swim in the river.
  4. PR4 – Talasnal and Candal Schist Villages Trail: This moderate 11-kilometer loop trail takes you to the schist villages of Talasnal and Candal. It passes through enchanting forests and showcases the unique architecture of these traditional villages.
  5. PR5 – Aldeia Xisto Route: This more challenging 18-kilometer loop trail connects several schist villages, including Candal, Casal Novo, and Chiqueiro. It provides a comprehensive exploration of the region’s architectural heritage and natural beauty.
  6. PR6 – Água da Moura Trail: This 8-kilometer loop trail takes you to the Água da Moura waterfall. It’s a moderately challenging route with some uphill sections, but the rewarding sight of the waterfall makes it worthwhile.
  7. PR7 – Quelhas Waterfall Trail: A short and easy 2.5-kilometer loop trail leading to the Quelhas Waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip and relax by the cascading waters.
  8. PR8 – Trevim Trail: For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, the PR8 trail leads to the highest point in the Serra da Lousã, the Trevim peak. This 13-kilometer loop features steep ascents and descents but offers spectacular views from the summit.

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty and diverse landscapes of Lousã as you explore these hiking routes.