Walking on the Lousã’s aqueduct, Portugal

Near the town called Lousã, you can enjoy yourself walking along an old aqueduct in a gorgeous valley.

Walking on the Lousã's aqueduct
Walking on the Lousã’s aqueduct

About the Lousã’s aqueduct

The Lousã Aqueduct, located in Portugal, has a rich history dating back to the 17th century.

It was constructed to supply water to the nearby city of Coimbra, serving as a vital resource for the local population.

The aqueduct features an impressive channel spanning across the picturesque Lousã hills.

Over the years, it has undergone various renovations and maintenance efforts to preserve its historical significance and functionality.

Today, the aqueduct not only serves as a testament to the engineering prowess of its creators but also stands as a popular tourist attraction, offering visitors the opportunity to admire its architectural beauty and explore the surrounding landscape.

Lousã's aqueduct
Lousã’s aqueduct

About the walk

Enjoy a stroll along this picturesque two-mile aqueduct in the valley, immersing yourself in its scenic charm.

Accessing the aqueduct may pose some difficulty, but there are two potential ways to reach it:

      • From Senhora da Piedade (Lousã), you can embark on a single trail leading to the quaint village of Talasnal.
      • Upon arrival, indulge in the local delicacy, Talasnico cake, before descending the valley towards the aqueduct.
      • After a brief 150-meter trek, the path meanders through the bushes.
      • Continue downhill until the aqueduct comes into view, then follow it until reaching the trail leading back to the starting point.
      • You can access the aqueduct from the EN236 road at N40° 05.470′ W8° 12.814′.
      • Take a cab from Lousã to this location, locate the aqueduct entrance, and begin your walk back.

If you’re interested in experiencing this adventure or any other from my repertoire, please get in touch with me via my travel agency, Iberactive.

Have fun.

David Monteiro