Serra da Estrela Travel Guide

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Serra da Estrela Things to Do

  • Penhas da Saúde

    Half way from Covilhã to the top (Torre), Penhas da Saude is one of the highest lodging points in the mountain - the other is Penhas Douradas. It has nothing special to see or do, but it is a good place to stay, (almost) in the wild. It's hard to book in high season without a few months in advance.

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  • Old man's head

    You have the old lady's head, couldn't fail the old man's one. The caprices of nature are funny, but the resemblance is real. And those spread rocks are a good pretext to wander around in the mountain, a national natural park. Easier to see than the old lady, you don't need to leave the road to do it.

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  • Old woman's head

    Here and there some strange rock formations capture the visitor's attention, becoming clearly identified attractions. The old woman's head is the most known of them, a little bit out of the road but easy to see if you follow the signs.

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Serra da Estrela Restaurants

  • Excellent regional cuisine

    Before coming to Guarda, I looked up places which offered typical regional cuisine. This restaurant was frequently mentioned, so I looked forward to trying what they had -- and I was not disappointed! For our main dish, I had grilled trout with bacon filling, and my husband had wild boar meat (cooked in its own blood, with spices) which was served...

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  • Big home-made pizzas!

    Really nice food! It's home made and you can see the cook do his job :-) You choose all the ingredients you like. Pizzas are unique size (large). A pizza is for two people. It's really cheap. A pizza costs about 7-8 EUR. With drinks and coffe, 4-5 EUR per person.

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  • the best restaurant in the world

    __________________________________________________once at Seia yu should ask for this restaurant. don' t remember eating so good in my life. still drulling when i try to remenberlol.i garantee. an amazing experience and a beautyfull somehow spanyard ambience. with a good company, an unforgivable evening.____________________________________________

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Serra da Estrela Nightlife

  • Carnival night

    It was Monday, Carnival night, so enjoyed the carnival party at the hotel. Because of the weather we prefered to stay at the hotel, it was really cold and snowing.It was a singer and very good, so we dance and we enjoyed the music. It was very funny as well because some people were masqueraded.

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  • Great night LOL

    What can i say, after spent 7 hours trapped on the road because of the snow? Yes, until night I was there trapped, and what a night! Enjoying the sky full of stars and the cars lights.I was starved, tiered and freezing, just hoping get out of that place and go to sleep at the hotel.And finally, it was 8 pm the snow clean car passed by but we had to...

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Serra da Estrela Transportation

  • By car

    The best way to explore the beautiful region of Serra da Estrela is without doubt by car. You can easily visit beautiful several beautiful towns near the mountain.If you come from Lisbon, take the A1, the IP6 and the IP2. If you come from Porto, the better trajectory is A1, IP5.Here are some distances from Manteigas the place I stayed, to beautiful...

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  • By Car

    Arriving in Serra da Estrela by car is a good option, as public transportation doesn’t seem to be that efficient there, … Also, if you have a car, moving around will be easier as the mountain is huge and has so many beautiful places to discover. Before you go to Serra da Estrela, check with Tourism Office about the snow and road conditions, as...

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Serra da Estrela Shopping

  • Adapted market

    This time the mountain was closed due to a recent snowfall, and Logoa Comprida was the highest point that we could reach. We used the time browsing the local stall and noticed that, in a tight space, they have everything to make us feel... comfortable, from leather jackets, caps or gloves, to the excellent local cheese or a strong hot drink. Maybe...

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  • Local Craft

    In Serra da Estrela you can find several traditional shops, where you can buy high-quality sheepskin goods and the famous Queijo da Serra - local ewe's-milk cheese. My photo was taken in Sabugueiro, the highest village on the mountain Serra da Estrela. You can see the products I was talking about.

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  • Cheese and Leather Products

    If you are looking for some traditional products to buy as souvenir to take home, I would recommend both the cheese (Queijo da Serra) and leather products. The cheese is creamy and very tasty, although its flavour is very soft. Leather products are also typical from this area, both treated leather or that leather that looks like natural and still...

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Serra da Estrela Local Customs

  • Dogs

    The biggest Portuguese dog's breeding is "Serra da Estrela" a very big and peaceful dog. It was trained to help the shepherds with the cattle, but its impressive image and good behaviour made him a very appreciated guard for farms and villas. It's easy to buy a dog, and there are several selling points in the mountain.

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  • Cão da Serra

    "Cão Serra da Estrela" or, in english, Serra da Estrela's dog, is the typical animal of this place. It's a rare dog with many good qualities. The most interesing thing is that this kind of dog only exists here in his wild state.It was used for a long time (and even today is used) as the best friend of the shepherds. It's a very big dog but,...

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  • Craft

    I took this photo in the hotel where I stayed, every day there was a man making blankets of sheep’s wool on the traditional way in a machine called Tear.There were beautiful and they seem very warm.

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Serra da Estrela Warnings and Dangers

  • Snowfall

    Snow is not common in Portugal, and even in those places where it uses to fall it is so rare and quick that we don't prepare our cars for it. That's why, travelling to Estrela we must be careful with the weather. We were caught in April by an unexpected snowfall, and getting down was a nightmare, here and there pushing or pulling the cars by hand....

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  • Low temperatures outside ...

    I took this photo to show you that it was very cold outside, in that moment it was -2?C, fortunately we had heating on the car and it was 20?C inside.It was very nice to go out and play with snow, but it was very cold and we were not prepared to that, so staying in the car it was much better.

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  • Be careful with the heavy snowfalls

    Be prepared to heavy snow falls, if your car has heating better, if it don?t it is better you have some warm clods and some blankets in case if you were trapped 7 hours like i did.If your car has chains you will not have problem, if you hadn?t, you have to wait until the snow clean car come rescue you.You should be very careful because the drive is...

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Serra da Estrela Tourist Traps

  • Shopping centre in Torre

    On the mountain's highest spot - Torre - there is a so called shopping centre. Actually, the shopping centre has 2 shops inside (during week-days, when I visited) one of them selling typical food such as cheese and bread, and the other selling leather products and snow related objects such as gloves, plastic things to slide, and so on. I got the...

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  • Torre

    Torre is very touristy. If you visit during weekends you will probably get some traffic to get there, as there are a lot of visitors, the roads are narrow and personally I found that it has no infrastructures to receive so many visitors, such as a big parking space. Fortunately, we visited on a weekday and had no traffic or loads of visitors...

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Serra da Estrela What to Pack

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    by xicomelo Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter, it's important that you bring snow clothes. Even if it won't snow, temperatures are quite cold and may vary very quickly and snow can come in a question of minutes.

    Mountain shoes are recomended in all seasons as there are great walking paths to explore.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your camera, of course.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are some nice places to camp, even two free camps. So, you'd better bring your tent and cooking things. Also, don't forget to bring your moutain bike!

    Miscellaneous: I recomend you to buy a map of Serra da Estrela. There's a good touristic map 1:50000 that can be bought in the tourist office of Covilhã or Manteigas and costs about 7 EUR. It has info about river sources, fountains, walking paths, 4x4 paths, camp places, altitude, contour curves, etc. Don't forget the compass, of course.

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Serra da Estrela Off The Beaten Path

  • Lagoa Comprida

    Half way up from Seia you have at your left this artificial lagoon. It´s a good place for a short brake and some shopping. PS - If it happens to you to read the constructor's name, you may believe that "Sousa Lopes" really means family (one of my grand uncles)

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  • Vale do Rossim

    The most beautiful lagoon in the mountain is also the best place for a picnic. Far from the top, near Sabugueiro (follow the signs), the snow doesn't last for long but its wild beauty remains.

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  • God on the mountain

    While not religious myself, I can understand, people who do believe in some superior being, could find that being here on this massive mountain. This was an enormous figure carved out of the rock of the moutain itself and when we first saw it with the "halo" over it from the low lying sun, it looked like something straight out of a religious movie....

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Serra da Estrela Sports & Outdoors

  • Ski park

    Located on Serra da estrela it's the only sinthetic place to do snowboard, ski all the year.. Of course in the winter you don't need it.. and it's more fun with real snow!:-)What you can do there all the year: Biking Extreme Sports Hiking Skiing/Snowboarding Climbing Fishing Trips Horseriding Kayaking/Canoeing Rafting PaintballOpen from 10am to...

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  • Ski

    Serra da Estrela has two ski resorts, the main is just on the top of the mountain, on Torre.I could not see it because of the heavy snowfall and the road to Torre was closed on the days I had been there.The other ski resort is an artificial one, which you can see on my photo. It is located in Manteigas. It has a small area to learn ski and other to...

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  • Paragliding

    In Serra da Estrela you may find good spots for paragliding. One of them is Linhares da Beira, considered the best in Portugal. I didn't visit this village, though. Near Manteigas they also do paragliding. If you're not familiar with paragliding you may jump/fly with an instructor. For further information contact the Paragliding School in Linhares...

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Serra da Estrela Favorites

  • The road up

    Many of us remember that song by the Beatles, "The Long and Winding Road", well it fits the asscent to the Torre on Serra da Estrela to a tee as they say. If you enjoy driving this type of road, as Zohara and I do, then it is great. Just remember to keep your eyes on the ROAD and not on the views...there are "Kodak Spots" (places to stop and...

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  • Blue, blue waters

    All along the valleys and ridges of the Serra da Estrela we found small streams of runoff and glacial type lakes with water so BLUE it almost froze your eyes just to look at them. Went down by one of the small runoff streams and put my hand into it for a few moments and had to remove it quickly before it went numb, melted snow is not warm at all...

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  • First Views

    Driving up into Serra da Estrela from Covilha you have the central massif of this range spread before you to enjoy. Exposed granite touched with white patches of snow, even in spring, and it looks to go up forever.As the sign says, "STOP", get out and take a good look around, carry a picnic lunch with you and take a break.

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