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Have fun in Serra da Estrela

The perfect scenery to enjoy relaxed days in contact with nature. Here you can find the highest point in Portugal, with 1993 meters and beautiful, unique and memorable landscapes.
In addition to its main points of attraction, the Serra da Estrela is the ideal place to practice open-air activities and tasting local cuisine! Get to know our suggestions:

Typical July:
sun
18º C
64º F
Typical January:
snow
C
39º F

What to see
What to see

This region has to offer many attractions, from the typical gastronomy, breathtaking landscapes, monuments and museums to its rich and varied fauna and flora.

Serra da Estrela Tower

Highest point in mainland Portugal, at 1993 meters high. Here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a magnificent landscape and the famous sheets of snow during the winter months.

Monument of Our Lady of Good Star

On your way to the Tower of Serra da Estrela, you’ll find a beautiful sculpture, in the rock, date back to 1946 and dedicated to Our Lady of Good Star, the patron saint of shepherds.

Glacier Valley

Europe's largest glacier valley, reaching the extension of 13km. Here the numerous waterfalls gush from the slopes, it’s possible to see animals and pastors’ homes which merge in the green mountain landscape.

Trout farms

Where several species of trout are created, in the Manteigas region, in order to take advantage of the crystal and white waters that erupt from the mountain range.

'Pit of hell'

Considered one of the landmarks of Serra da Estrela, is a water fall with about 10 meters, originating in Ribeira de Leandres in Penhas Douradas.

Penhas da Saúde

Beautiful mountain village situated about 1500 meters of altitude. It offers a breathtaking landscape with the arrival of winter and frequent snowfalls.

What to do
What to do

For its fantastic natural beauty with mountain unevenness, there are plenty of things you can do here:

Walk

The Nature Park is great for hiking, horseback riding or biking. Already existing km of marked trails, with varying levels of difficulty!

Ski

Snowboarding, sledding, or motoski, are some of the many activity options that you can enjoy during the winter, when the mountain is covered in snow!

Swimming in fresh water

There are numerous river beaches and at excellent conditions.

Canoeing

Kayak, scuba diving or a simple seagull ride, rivers originating in the surrounding area provide ideal conditions for the practice of these sports.

Paragliding

Fly over the mountainous landscape of the Sierra. You can also make your flight baptism, in the region there schools prepared for this purpose.

Bird watching

Here you will have opportunity to observe several species that are rare in the rest of the Portuguese territory.

What to taste
What to taste

This region has a rich cuisine! Cheeses, hams, meats, bread, wine, fruit… you’ll want to taste everything!

'Serra da Estrela' cheese

With a unique flavor, it is one of Portugal’s oldest cheeses and one of the most famous cheeses in the world. It is part of the 7 gastronomic wonders of Portugal.

Rye bread

Unique flavor, characteristic of the region. It 's made from rye flour and baked in a wood oven.

Trouts 'Manteigas' style

This dish is made based on trout, milk, butter, parsley, flour, salt and pepper.

Ham

Pork leg, after salt the meat over several months, it's covered with a paste based on olive oil and paprika.

Wines

Look for wines from the demarcated regions of 'Dão' and 'Beira Interior'.

Oils

It's a delicate olive oil with acidity less than or equal to 2%, and higher quality, being one of the products of Portuguese origin with Designation of Protected Origin.

Honey

Has, in general, a strong aroma, persistent, thick with a soft palate as rosemary honey.

Cherries

Produced essentially in Fundão, are heavily known for their quality.

Places to visit near Serra da Estrela
Places to visit near Serra da Estrela

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