Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela
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Anne T
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Just see the you tube videos about this amazing mountain range and fall in love. Enjoy it off season too... In one hour on good scenic roads I met one car and one motorist ;-) Fill up your bottles with pristine water from the roadside fountains.
Written June 19, 2023
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david and leann... c
Nelson, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We arrived in Seia by bus from Coimbra with two kids aged 6 & 7 late on a Sunday afternoon.

We engaged three taxi in the four days we were here but the standout star was Germano Costa ( 926411022) taxigermancosta@gmail.com.

We contracted him to take us from Sao Ramao to the electrical museum and return. We agress a price, he delivered us there and we later called him back again and he collected us- hassel free, prompt and professional.

Further, the next day we contracted him for a return trip to Piodao; it is almost impossible to get there by public transport. He quote a fixed rate for the four hour tour. ( his taxi meter was running but this is legal requirement)
Germano was on time, arrived in a clean, modern taxi and was a perfect driver for our four hour village tour. He stopped upon request for photos,stopped longer when our kids were car sick and was full of local knowledge and history.
We were never rushed or hurried, he took a custodial role in ensuring our kids were safe at all times and took numberous detours to some of the most picturesque off the beated track villages, river beaches and view points. He returned to Siea via another valley system to provide us with more views and not to repeat the same journey.

We exceeded our budgetted time and this did not change the price at all.

He was a kinds, respectful and safe driver whose local knowledge was impecible.
Not once in the four hour tour did we have a car infront of us or behind us as we were completely off the beated track.

Some of these beautiful roads were not suitable for campervans, perhaps engage GERMANO to give you a taster of the local roads?

My recommendation is to book him after selection your priority villages or simply ask him to repeat our tour to Piodao as it was excelllent. Book him through the tourist office or get your accommodation provider to call him/email him directly ( we can't confirm his english or french knowledge). His contract rate was less than a hire car for a day without the added stress, route finding and petrol costs.

We have travelled to over 50 + countries and can unreservedly recommend this driver.
(Further he is a non smoker and his taxi smelt fresh)
Written July 1, 2015
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Asa Ravelli
Boston, MA16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
I had been researching this park for a long time, and still couldn’t find enough information about where some of these lakes, trailheads, poco do inferno etc were, and we were rather short on time- we opted to take the N339 from Seia to Covilha, drive through the summit, and be on our way to our next destination- we were able to see the summit lakes, some really incredible views on the way up and down, and the summit was spectacular- you were above the clouds and it made you feel like you were on mars! The road was great- I’m not sure what some of the other commenters mean by the “harrowing” roads- they were very well paved, a good deal of guard rails, definitely room for two cars to pass etc- we have traveled quite a bit, and these are pristine compared to some mountain roads in Spain, South America, and Scotland etc. It does get very foggy (in the clouds) but it was fairly short lived, and we just drove more slowly-I could see it being - little nerve wracking if it were icy or snowy, though - at the top, there is a little store that sells their local cured meat, cheese and other souvenirs. The meat and cheese was amazing!! Too bad we Americans can’t take the pork home, but we were sure to take some cheese. Souvenirs were... meh, but definitely try the cheese!
Written October 20, 2019
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Anna-Kaisa S
Kerava, Finland80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you plan to hike at Serra da Estrela it is better to get accomondation at Mandegas. All marked paths are around Mandegas or they start from there. At the village there is Turist information Office where you can get advice and a map of hiking paths. The map is not very precise so it is useful to buy a real map which has the topografy of the mountains/area described. The hiking paths are not very well marked eather so the real map is really helpful to prevent from getting lost. The surface of the paths are usually easy to walk but I recommend to use proper hiking shoes.
Written July 19, 2018
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Lou C
New York City, NY303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Wonderful gem for lunch or dinner in the Colombo.

We had the daily specials of meats and fresh fish.

Wonderful paired with local vino.

Very reasonable prices.
Written October 24, 2018
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
The Serra da Estrela Natural Park covers an area around 880 square kilometres (88,000 hectares), so is one of the largest natural parks in Portugal. A park of that size requires multiple visits to begin to understand the scope of what it contains.

There is so much to see within the park, that you'll have to prioritise and select a few specific locations for a day-trip. Options include 27 traditional schist villages, castles, outstanding scenery, hiking trails and even a ski resort.

I've made three day-trips and am still only scratching the surface.
Written September 11, 2018
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makakito
Lisbon, Portugal113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Stayed with my wife in Manteigas for resting a couple of days. The way from manteigas to the Tower must be one of the most beautiful views in Portugal. We also went in the morning, and in this time of the year there are not many people. The road also seems safe, and with a few exception in some turns, wide enough for two cars, and mostly with protecting rails.

Take your time, and stop a lot; it cannot be stressed, give it ample of time. This journey is more about the travel, views and companionship than the destination.

The tower itself is a very cold, crowded and ugly place. Do not buy things there, they are either expensive or mostly of (very) inferior quality - it is the ultimate tourist trap. I tasted the sample cheeses, and as a native, I can say I am able to buy much better quality "Serra da Estrela" cheeses and meat products in most of the big chains supermarkets in Portugal, which is not exactly an endorsement. I have a very exquisite and sensitive palate, and the samples had almost no taste whatsoever, and who knows Queijo da Serra knows exactly well they are known for their pungent taste.

Sadly, the local lakes rivers near the tower were cordoned off with a kind of metal fence/barbed wired; while I understand the security concerns, those people most be idiots. It ruins the view *and* the photos.

Be sure to stop in the many viewpoints and the lakes. After coming from Manteigas, we went to Seia, and the views are not as good.

If we come back, we will stay in Manteigas again.

Most important recommendation, the nearer you get the tower, the colder it becomes. Whilst there was only a few patches of snow, you will better dress accordingly.

We dressed winter boots, snow coats, sweaters, sun glasses, and head gear. The head gear was not enough to stay for long on the tower, because of a cold, glacial wind, and it protected our heads and faces.

Along the way there is also a lack of places to eat, so if especially with kids, bring some snacks.
Written December 20, 2017
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,745 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The road we took through the park from Manteigas to Piodao was one of the most beautiful we're ever drive. The road is very good, if narrow, with many pulloffs to enjoy the view. There are few guardrails, so slow and careful driving is a must as dropoffs must be at least 500 meters - the driver should use the pulloffs to look at the view! The views are expansive. The road goes up to 2000 meters where there is a ski area. I cannot imagine driving this road when there is snow!
Written May 15, 2017
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Pedro P
Lisbon, Portugal68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
It´s always awesome to go to Serra da Estrela since there´s some much to do there. In the summer you can climb, walk, swim and get lost in the nature. In winter definitely go for the snow sports.
Written October 20, 2014
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VitorHR
London, UK228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
always nice to go to Serra da Estrela, not the biggest of mountains but with great little villages , and splendid landscape.
Written September 27, 2014
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