The Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela
- On this page:
- The Serra da Estrela
- The Historical Village of Linhares
- The Bread Museum
- Walking in the Serra da Estrela, Portugal
Quinta da Abelenda is in an excellent central location that allows you to visit the Serra da Estrela, while also allowing you to visit the many other attractions in the region.
Snow in Portugal
The Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain ridge in Portugal with an altitude of almost 2000 meters at it´s highest point, the Torre (tower). The lowest temperatures in Portugal are registered here (as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius).The only ski resort in Portugal is situated in the Serra da Estrela, and for the Portuguese, the main attraction of the Serra da Estrela in winter is the snow. But even in summer you can ski, on the artificial ski slopes in Seia.
Linhares, one of the official Historical Villages of Portugal
Linhares is one of the official Historical Villages of Portugal, and every care has been taken to retain the traditional aspect of the houses and streets. There are still many traces to be found here of the time of the Roman occupancy.
However, the main attraction of Linhares is no doubt the castle with it´s imposing towers. Of ancient origin, the form in which it can be visited today corresponds largely to that of the 13th century, when it formed a line of defence, together with the neighbouring castles of Celorico da Beira and Trancoso.
Serra da Estrela, the Bread Museum
This museum, situated in the city of Seia at the north slope of the Serra da Estrela, is dedicated to the tradition, the history, and the art of Portuguese bread. It has four exhibition spaces, as well as a reconstruction of an old Portuguese grocery store. In the restaurant, all forms of Portuguese bread (produced in the museum’s own bakery), and many other traditional dishes, can be tasted.
More in formation at the site of the museum: http://www.museudopao.pt/. In Portuguese, but it gives a good impression of the museum.
Closed on mondays.
Walking in the Serra da Estrela, Portugal
But there are many trails for only one day as well, starting and ending at the same place,
Detailed descriptions of 16 walks in the Serra da Estrela
There are many walks in the Serra da Estrela. The following page gives good and detailed discriptions of walks near the village of Manteigas in de Serra da Estrela: