Serra da Estrela
If you like good walking and magnificent scenery, this holiday is a perfect choice!
The Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the mountains of the stars, has 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 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!
MORE INFO Ref. 1300S _ Grade: Hard 6/8
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 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 en-suite 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
Transports according to the programme
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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