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Serra da Estrela
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About Serra da Estrela
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.
- Casa das Obras offers country house charm and traditional furnishings throughout. Great value too, with rooms from just €68 per night!
- Casas da Lapa is a great option for couples and famiies alike with contemporary rooms and two apartments for four. There's a great table d'hote too - just make sure you book ahead!
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.
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Casa das Obras 6 rooms from $78Manteigas, 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.Sights nearby - Glacier Valley of Zêzere, the Poço do Inferno Waterfall, Caldas de Manteigas.Great walks - Good for walkers.Romantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Casas da Lapa 8 rooms from $94Seia, 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.Active Holiday - The Serra de Estrela has a lot of wildlife and landscape to explore.Value chicFamiliesSights nearby - The caves of Moura and Suma.Recommended by - I Escape
Madre de Água Hotel Rural 10 rooms from $137Gouveia, Serra da Estrela
Madre de Água Hotel Rural is situated on a wine, cheese and olive oil producing farm outside Gouveia. It offers chic, modern accommodation, some rooms even feature their own fireplace. Be sure to eat at their excellent restaurant serving regional cuisine! A peaceful and rejuvenating spot.Back to Nature - Madre de Água offers a variety of expediitons and trips for you to fully appreciate the area's natural beautyCountry Escape - Forget about all your worries at this tranquil rural spot outside GouveiaSights nearby - Head into the quaint and historic city of Gouveia, just a five minute drive awayGreat walks - Go hiking up the Serra de Estrela and take in the fantastic surrounding views