The beautiful row of peaks and high plateaus which make up the Serra da Estrela - or 'Star Mountain Range', includes the highest point on mainland Portugal, a spectacular plateau which has the unusual bonus of being reachable by road. As you might imagine some of the best places to stay in the Serra da Estrela are ski resorts, but this isn't just a destination for the Winter, it's a place of outstanding natural beauty in Summer too.
Part of the Serra da Estrela's appeal is its unusual craggy silhouette, which drops quickly into deep gorges lined with mountain streams and lakes. And with those expansive plateaus you can expect some pretty unique views. On a clear day you might even be able to see the sea, more than 150kms away. There are a number of well known walking routes crossing the Serra da Estrela, including a number of great day trips.
As well as snow and scenery, the Serra da Estrela is know for it's ancient soft cheese, made from a two thousand year old recipe, and for Linhares, one of Portugal's official Historical Villages, with its impressive 13th Century castle.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Serra da Estrela for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Serra da Estrela, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Manteigas, Serra da Estrela
A beautiful country house with plenty of history and charm. Set in the rolling countryside just outside a famous little village. Traditional rooms have stone floors, paintings on the walls, antique furnishings, and sweeping views over the valley below. A country escape with lots of peace and quiet.
Seia, Serra da Estrela
A wonderful Portugese country house surrounded by stunning mountain landscape. Contemporary chic rooms and two apartments (sleep 4 each), wonderful pool and sun deck, good table d'hote, and plenty of outdoor activities and wildlife to discover. Perfect for families.