Serra da Estrela
In summer or winter, mainland Portugal’s highest mountain is the perfect scenery for a few relaxing days in contact with nature.
At 1,993 metres at its highest point in Torre, Serra da Estrela is an area of rare landscape beauty, with striking mountain drops, where you can have a deep experience of the silence of the heights. Take advantage of those moments of communion with nature to observe it, discovering the diversity of plants and birds and the flocks of sheep herded by Estrela dogs from the breed named after the Mountain.
You can also follow the course of some major Portuguese rivers from their sources: the Mondego at Mondeguinho, the Zêzere at Covão de Ametade and the Alva at the Rossim Valley are breathtaking places. Or you can admire glacier valleys at Loriga, Manteigas or Covão do Urso and Covão Grande. In the warmest months, the best suggestion will certainly be the 25 Lagoon Itinerary, leading you to some refreshing locations.
In cold weather, Serra da Estrela is the only place in Portugal where you can try ski, or go sledging, snowboarding or ride a snowmobile. There are several pistes with support infrastructure, as well as synthetic snow pistes for skiing at any time of the year.
This natural park is excellent for trekking, horse-riding or mountain biking. It boasts some 375km of marked trails of varying degrees of difficulty, so you’ll no doubt find one fitting your physical condition. And who has not dreamed of flying like a bird? You can experience the sensation para-gliding in Linhares da Beira, soaring over this historical village – which you shouldn’t miss exploring on foot eithe
• climb up to Torre, the highest point on Estrela Mountain
• ski on the real or synthetic snow pistes
• taste and buy Serra da Estrela cheese
• buy woollen socks or contemporary design pieces in burel (traditional Portuguese woollen fabric)
• admire the glacier valleys at Zêzere, Loriga and Unhais da Serra
• discover the cool river beaches in summer
• visit the Bread Museum in Seia
• para-glide over Linhares da Beira
• drink water from a river source
• follow a long pedestrian trail and discover the splendour of nature