Serra da Estrela

Portugal is a country of astonishing beauty and amazing contrasts. Besides its famous coastline the majority of its mountains and forests are relatively unknown and therefore offer huge rewards to the rambler in search of something special.

Our new holiday is in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the mountains of the stars, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal rising to 1993m. The Serra’s landscapes of pine forests, lakes and glacial valleys all enjoy clean, crisp, mountain air. The Natural Park is also the source of the Mondego, Zêzere and Alva rivers. Dramatic crags and ravines make this region stunningly beautiful and a pleasure to explore.

If you like good walking and magnificent scenery, this holiday is a perfect choice.

Our tour is centred in Manteigas, a picturesque town is in the very heart of a glacial valley. It will be our base for great walking amongst the beautiful scenery that nature has bestowed on the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. There are good paths which cover the park giving the opportunity to discover more of this stunning region.

The villages of the Serra da Estrela date back to medieval times and evidence of the Roman presence and Arab influence can be seen in the area. This is truly a rambler’s paradise not only for the amazing walking but also for the beauty that graces so much of this stimulating part of Portugal.

Sheep and goats play a traditional role in the manufacture of the famous Serra da Estrela cheese. Sausages and wine are also important to the local economy as are the smoked produce and embroidered cotton. Craftsman use their skills in basket work using wicker and chestnut. The Serra da Estrela also has its own breed of mountain sheep dog.

The Serra’s landscapes of pine forests, lakes and glacial valleys all enjoy clean, crisp, mountain air.
The Natural Park is also the source of the Mondego, Zêzere and Alva rivers.
Dramatic crags and ravines make this region stunningly beautiful and a pleasure to explore.
Comfortable 4-star accommodation.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation

Accommodation vouchers in the chosen regime

Rent-a-car vouchers for duration of stay

Emergency contact numbers (24h hot line)

General information on your holiday, gastronomy and history of the region

Suggestions of local restaurants and places of interest to visit

Detailed walking maps and descriptions of the walks

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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