Central Portugal & Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela and its natural beauty, with a host of delights on offer, fun and excitement when snow prevails, and landscapes of such purity to be almost dream-like.

The villages date back to medieval times and the Roman and Arab influence can be seen in the area.

Our holiday is in central mainland Portugal “Serra da Estrela Natural Park”, home to Mt Torre the highest mountain in mainland Portugal rising to 1993m. The landscape, pine forests, lakes and glacial valleys all enjoy clean, crisp, mountain air.

Nature in its pure state that involves the Serra, always gives it a golden age of magnificence that enchanted generations of peoples and faiths. For these stops, between granite hills and vegetation, bloom three magnificent castles, Inescapable evidence of the historical importance of these lands in the struggles and battles of the Middle Ages.

Serra da Estrela offers dramatic crags and ravines witch makes this region stunningly beautiful and a pleasure to explore, and therefore offer huge rewards to the rambler in search of something special for the holidays. Sheep and goats play a traditional role in the manufacture of the famous Serra da Estrela cheese. The Serra da Estrela also has its own ancient breed of mountain sheep dog.

Find all the typical things of Serra da Estrela - Cheese of the Serra, woollen cloths, the kid-goat - or just the heritage of millenarian shepherd who were the parents and grandchildren of Viriato and have stood face legions, have farmed hillsides of rye and have planted vineyards and wines tasting.

If you like good walking and magnificent scenery, this holiday is a perfect choice! This is truly a rambler’s paradise not only for the amazing walking but also for the beauty that engulfs. Great walking amongst the beautiful scenery that nature has bestowed on the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. Good paths which cover the park give us the opportunity to discover more of this stunning region!
Serra da Estrela and its natural beauty, with a host of delights on offer, fun and excitement when snow prevails, and landscapes of such purity to be almost dream-like.

Comfortable 4-star accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.
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, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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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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