Serra da Estrela, Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela Natural Park is situated in the largest mountain range in Portugal - the Serra da Estrela, and is the source of the rivers Mondego, Zêzere (tributary of the Tagus), and Alva. The park is the largest natural conservation area in Portugal and occupies about 1,000 km². More than half of its area is located above an altitude of 700 m. At 1,993 m it contains the highest peak in Continental Portugal (named Torre) and a ski resort (named Vodafone Ski Resort).During the Quaternary period, the entre region was subjected to the action of ice and once this disappeared visible marks were left on the landscape. Valleys in the shape of horseshoes, ravines, polished rocks and lakes of glacial origin are just some of the formations that demonstrate the importance of the ice and snow in modelling the mountains.GeographyThe central plateau, dominated by the 7 m Torre and Cântaros, location of the glacial valley of the Zêzere, contrasts with another mountain, the Videmonte plateau, which is still in the initial bed of the Mondego, dotted with isolated farms among fields of rye and pastures where cattle are bred. In the valleys to the south west, decorated by terraces and surrounded by the Penha dos Abutres, are the villages of Loriga and Alvoco, which have developed on powerful rocky spurs. Finally, the north west slope stretches from below Seia to the land dominated by the castle of Linhares and the fields where maize is cultivated and vines are planted up the slopes to where the broom grows.
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  • We went to the star saw for a weekend of warmth with right to dives in the long pond and was fantastic.
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  • The road to the Serra is unforgettable. Enjoy nature with its beautiful colors. The summit itself does not suggest anything. The buildings are run down and the immediate surroundings are heavily polluted.
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  • Top of the world, wonderful views.
  • Breathtaking view while driving to the top of the mountain, and when arrive there you find beautiful snow landscapes (depending of the season) and very sympathetic merchants selling famous cheeses.
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