The Cascatas Fecha de Barjas, better known as Tahiti Waterfalls, is one of the most beautiful places in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
The crystal clear water invites to a bath on a hot summer day, or simply a moment of pause and contemplation on a cooler day. These are natural waterfalls increasingly sought after by tourists and visitors to the region, which has also forced some works on the access trail, winding and rough.
These are undoubtedly one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, along with the most visited such as the Portela do Homem Waterfall and the Arado Waterfall, one that also stands out for its crystal clear water and lakes that are authentic natural pools and the other for the height of the waterfall.
The Tahiti Waterfalls, with water from the Arado River, are located in Caldas do Gerês, parish of Vilar da Veiga, on the tar road that connects Fafião to Ermida. There is no parking lot but the several cars stopped at the edge, next to a bridge, and a sign, mark the place.
My recommendation is to go down the right side of the waterfalls where without finding some abandoned mills and some small waterfalls, forming small completely crystalline lagoons. In the middle of the waterfalls, you can pass from one side to the other, or sight the lagoon at the base.
If you want to go down to the base of the waterfalls, where there is a serene lagoon with sandbanks, you will have to pay about 1 euro (I couldn’t figure out if it is a concession in that area of the Tahiti Waterfalls or private access).
There are no protections in the area of waterfalls and, for that reason, a lot of caution is recommended since the rocks can be slippery and all the care is little.
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