The area of Carvalhelhos in the Portuguese municipality of Boticas, is famous for its water(in fact one of the most famous mineral waters north of Portugal is made from its water). The abundance of this liquid element is conducive for growing lush vegetation (oak, chestnut, trades, ferns etc.) and creating beautiful areas, such as the Fonte dos Amores. Many villagers go there for relief from the summer heat, as the pond is suitable for swimming. The poetic Fonte dos Amores name comes from a legend, that there is a chamber full of gold coins from a muslim woman who mourned the loss of her love in this magical place. Today many people flock to the small waterfall to take oaths of love and record their names there.
The Carvalhelhos area in the Portuguese municipality of Boticas is famous for its water (in fact, the most famous mineral waters from northern Portugal come from here). This elemental liquid abundance is conducive to the lush vegetation (oak, chestnut, trades, ferns ), and also to landmarks, like the Fonte dos Amores. Many villagers go there to relieve the summer heat, because it's suitable for swimming. The poetic name, Fonte dos Amores, is supposedly due to the pot full of gold coins of a Moorish woman who mourned the loss of her love in a magical place. Today, many people flock to the small waterfall to take oaths of love and record their names there.
It's a lovely spot, and a really special place to visit for Christmas because on the side of the waterfall there is a life-size nativity scene, where you can walk and take cool photos. If you go up that slope you will also find a path that takes you to an area of spectacular nature, very leafy, palm trees, hydrangeas ... with a stream and small waterfalls, where you feel you've found a treasure of nature. You can find more information from any tour guide or tourist office in Sao Miguel. Be sure to make the trip, it is really worth it:)
On a grey December day a group of friends and I visited Alvao Natural Park in search of the waterfalls which they say are the largest "harpoons" in Portugal. They are located in the mountains or Natural Park Alvao in the north of Portugal, approximately 14 km from the town of Mondim de Basto, where we stayed in a great modern hotel. To get to this waterfall was not difficult, the car goes up to the top where the scenery is spectacular, despite the time, surrounded by granitic rocks with strange shapes. The top of the peaks really drew my attention because they were covered in snow, there was also the great leap from the river Olo and Itotally saw snow in the background. Do not miss it if you love nature and hiking, the early autumn I think that would be the best time, good or winter but with good weather.