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SERRA DA ESTRELA TOURISM GUIDE

Mountain skiing and a striking remote village


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Skiing in Serra da Estrela Serra da Estrela Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain range in mainland Portugal and one of its most outstanding scenic attractions.

Designated a natural park, it attracts walkers throughout the year for its stunning flora, and skiers in winter to the resorts of Penhas da Saúde and Torre. The views from and around Torre are fabulous, and the scenery of the nearby Zêzere Valley, with one of Europe's deepest U-shaped glacial gorges formed during the Ice Age, is extraordinary.
Sheep graze on the upper slopes, the source of the milk used for the local cheese that is famous throughout the country.

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street In the area is a rich heritage of sleepy hilltop walled villages and castles. The village of LINHARES stands out for its medieval atmosphere and castle, with cobbled alleyways, 15th century granite houses, and some excellent views. Its parish church contains three outstanding paintings (Adoration of the Magi, Descent from the Cross, and Annunciation), believed to be the work of Grão Vasco, one of the country's most famous painters.

Southwest of Serra da Estrela is one of the country's most picturesque rural villages, the striking village of PIODÃO. Once remote, tourism has brought it somewhat back to life. The schist houses have been restored, with their darkness contrasting wonderfully with the bright white parish church and blue doors and windows.

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Places Nearby

Coimbra - Old university town; a tragic love story
Conimbriga - Roman village; Iberia's best preserved Roman mosaics
Buçaco - Manueline exuberance in a garden of Eden; the site of Napoleon's defeat
Monsanto - Enchanting mountain village squeezed between gigantic boulders
Belmonte - Historical "Jewish town;" a great pousada
Guarda - One of the highest cities in Europe; off the beaten path Portugal
Viseu - Fine old town; 16th century art



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira