Sortelha is in a better condition than Castelo Novo. It has been completely refurbished and all stone houses look wonderful with their wooden doors and windows. But too perfect, and so many of them seem to be empty, … Going up the castle and the castle's walls provides a fabulous view over the surrounding mountains and valleys … just breathtaking! Sortelha is included in the Historical Villages' route and also Castle's route. I will add more information about Sortelha in my Belmonte page.
Belmonte is beautiful village, with nice architecture, beautiful surroundings and flowered streets. Locals are also very nice and welcoming. And we ate a fabulous lunch there with a tasty typical dessert. The castle lies on top of the village and it used to belong to the Cabral family - Pedro Alvares Cabral is a famous Portuguese who discovered the sea route to Brazil in 1500. I will soon add more information about Belmonte on the Belmonte page. Belmonte is also on the Old Jewish Villages route and Portuguese Discoveries route.
Castelo Novo was one of the villages we visited on our way from Lisbon to Covilhã. It is a small village, one of the historical villages that is included in Serra da Estrela Historical Villages' routes. We went up to the castle's ruins and from there we enjoyed a nice view over the village's narrow streets and houses made of stone. From up there we also enjoyed a fantastic view over the surrounding landscapes and mountain on the beautiful light of the end of the day. Strolling around the village's narrow and cobbled streets we were able to admire some interesting architecture, typical from the Portuguese little villages on the mountains.
On this picture we can see all the ski track... On the left side there is a river (Zezere) where they "built" a river beach. Of course this beach is only used when the weather is more hot heheh
Most people don't think of going to the small towns because they think their might not be accomodations but their is. Good towns to see would be (with a place to stay) Ourondo, Casegas, Paul, Sobral,Silvares!
On the way to Manteigas we stoped at this artificial ski track... Unfortunately we didn't do anything :( But I hope to someday I'll start my adventures with that winter sport.
Please see the travelogue about Sortelha.
Please see the travelogue about Almeida (up rigth).