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Walking Tour in Serra da Estrela

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

No place in continental Portugal has the symbolism and magnificence of Serra da Estrela. 

The immensity of the granite, the icy snow, the deep valleys dug by the huge ice masses, and its natural lakes with clear and calm waters mirror what the Star means to all of us: the unique and the odd. Its name is synonymous with something unattainable, natural, inhospitable, and a place of ancient cultures that persistently resist the unbridled development of the last decades. It is a recognition of the opportunity we have to travel through these rough and atrocious lands, where men and women developed uses, customs, and traditions that today are a trademark of Estrela. 

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival at Covilhã
Meeting point & pick up: Covilhã.
Briefing and transfer to Manteigas. (45 min).
Check in and overnight at Hotel in Manteigas.
Day 02
Loop Walking Tour  “Rota dos Bosques da Encantados” (Enchanted Woods Route) | 12.50  km / + 630 m
Start this hike from your Hotel in Manteigas. Set against the backdrop of the lush forest of Mata de Leandres, this is where we find the true lung of this mountain range. The forest originated in the early 20th century, following intensive reforestation efforts led by the Forestry Services. Here, we can admire large specimens of chestnut trees, birch trees, oak species (Quercus pyrenaica and rubra), pine species, among others, creating an unparalleled and ever-changing mosaic of colors.
Overnight at Hotel in Manteigas.
Day 03
Loop Walking Tour "Rota do Carvão” (Coal Route) | 21 km / + 1175 m
Start this lovely hike from your hotel in Manteigas and enjoy this true test for lovers of hiking. With the Nave da Mestra as the highlight of this walk, we intend to give an insight into the natural and rural resources of the Serra da Estrela, which symbolize what is natural and unique about the Serra da Estrela. We highlight the altitude meadows, the meadows of various species of heather, not forgetting the pastoral activity, their customs, and traditions that are clearly emptying in the face of strong desertification that we are witnessing. All this, in a scenario with unique landscapes, a wide plateau typically mountainous that will certainly endure for a long time in our memories.
Overnight at Hotel in Manteigas.
Day 04
Free day
Time to relax and/or do your own thing.
(Optional) - Guided Visit to Burel Factory; Guided visit to Zêzere Glacier Valley Interpretation Center.
Overnight at Hotel in Manteigas.
Day 05
Linear Walking Tour “Rota do Antigo Glaciar” (Old Glacier Route) | 16 km / +1330 m
Morning check-out.
Start your Climbing Walk “Rota do Antigo Glaciar” from your hotel and ending at the Tower, the highest point in continental Portugal.
The immense valleys of the Serra da Estrela are not only beautiful landscapes, with geological features that are unique in Portugal (glacial valleys), but also reveal the best symbiosis between Man and Nature, the birthplace of important testimonies of the way of life of this people. Along its paths it is possible to see how they have been shaped by fluvial erosion and/or glacial erosion, possessing forms that are, without a doubt, a privileged scenery to visit, besides guaranteeing endless photo sessions. An authentic natural "relic" for those who wish to visit.
Transfer from the Tower to the Penhas da Saúde (15 min.)
Check in and overnight at Hotel in Penhas da Saúde.
Day 06
Loop Walking Tour “Rota da Varanda dos Pastores” (Shepherds' Balcony Route) | 13 km / +500 m)
This route begins and ends at your hotel in Penhas da Saúde and will immerse you in a profound connection with the pure and majestic nature of the mountain, where time simply flows much slower than in the stressful day-to-day life of the city. In each valley, on each plateau, on each cliff, we will uncover the secrets of Estrela, authentic hidden treasures that can only be fully understood by exploring them on foot.
Overnight at Hotel in Penhas da Saúde.
Day 07
Check-out at Penhas da Saúde and 20 min transfer to Covilhã Train Station.
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Dates & Prices

From 890,00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Dates are available on request! Please contact us for further information.

More Information


6 nights at the selected accommodations, breakfast included
Briefing and transfer from Covilhã train Station to Manteigas on day 1
4 Walking Routes in Serra da Estrela
Transfer from the Tower to the Penhas da Saúde on day 5
Transfer from Penhas da Saúde to Covilhã Train Station on day 7
App on your phone with maps, GPS tracks, and descriptions of stages
Personal accident insurance


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