Walking trip through the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range

Walking trip through the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range 630 , 8 Days

Spectacular walking trip through the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain range, with impressive granite landscapes. Surprising rock formations and open plateaus combine with lush valleys, waterfalls and authentic alpine villages. Olive trees and stout chestnuts are completely at home in the valleys, as are larch trees and firs higher up. Most of Portugal’s highest summits are found here, inside the Natural Park limits, including the very top, La Torre at 2000m, a veritable tower of granite. Here, an excellent network of way-marked walking paths allows you to explore this fascinating terrain. Your accommodations are situated in or near Medieval villages, adorned with traditional Portuguese decorative tiles. The trip includes 1 night at a luxurious “quinta” or country estate.

Highlights:
♦ Historic village of Celorico da Beira
♦ A Natural Park with the highest summits in Portugal
♦ The waterfall ‘Poço do Inferno’ (the Devil’s Well)
♦ The beautiful glacial valley of Zézere


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival in Celorico da Beira
From Porto Airport, you take the metro to the city centre. Then you get a bus from Porto to the historic village of Celorico da Beira. The journey takes about 4 hours. Upon arrival, there is still time to explore this historical town, its castle and Medieval walls.

Day 2. From Celorico da Beira to Linhares along the Serra do Ralo
Today's route begins in Celorico da Beira, traversing open areas with magnificent views to reach the top of the Serra do Ralo. With the hum of windmills from above, you will enjoy sweeping panoramic views before starting the descent to Linhares. On the way down, you will walk through pine forests, holm oak woods and wide pastures. Once in the medieval village of Linhares we recommend visiting its castle, the Roman Forum and royal houses built by the aristocracy, scattered throughout the town.
Distance: 16 km, 5.5-6 hrs, 620m ascent, 350m descent.

Day 3. From Folgosinho to Manteigas
After breakfast you have a taxi transfer to the beginning of today's route, in Folgosinho or the chapel at Nossa Senhora de Assedasse (luggage continues to your next accommodation in Manteigas). This walk is more demanding than the previous one, and the sections in ascent and descent are rewarded with spectacular views. You traverse a remote area, with no villages along the way, and will need to enough carry water and provisions for the whole day. The first section is a steep ascent from Folgosinho, along an old Roman Road that ascends through a valley. When you reach the highest point, Portella do Folgosinho, you’ll have views to Pico de La Torre. Continuing through nearly deserted valleys and richly diverse forests, the route ends with a steep descent to Manteigas, a lovely village situated in a lush glacier valley beneath high peaks and full of small shops and cafes.
Distance: 22 km, 6.5-7 h, 700m ascent, 550m descent.

Day 4. Circular Route from Manteigas to Poço do Inferno or rest day
For the next two days you will explore the heart of the Serra de Estrella from your base in Manteigas. Today you can choose between a well-deserved rest day, with a visit to the local trout farm, or a trip to the impressive waterfall at ‘Poço do Inferno’ (the Devil’s Well), walking through Buraco Valley with its strange rock formations. A varied and changing landscape with beautiful wooded sections and magnificent views.
Distance: 14 km, 6-6.5 hrs, 650m ascent/descent.

Day 5. Circular Route from Manteigas or rest day
A lovely walk awaits today, to the north of Manteigas. Starting off in ascent, you follow a historic route protected by the shade of a pine forest, to reach Pousada de São Lorenço, (elevation 1290m) with stunning views of Manteigas Valley. Next you follow a dirt track through open terrain and vast colourful farmland. Finally, another descent - with more shade - leads back to Manteigas.
Distance: 14km , 6 hrs, 630m ascent/descent.

Day 6. From La Torre to Loriga
Today you choose between 2 options:
- The first traverses the beautiful glacial valley of Zézere, which leads to La Torre, and you walk through valleys, mountain meadows and forest tracks. At the end of your route, you have an included taxi transfer to your next accommodation, situated in the beautiful mountain village of Loriga.
Distance: 18 km, 6 hrs, 835m ascent, 110m descent.
- The second option begins with a short transfer to La Torre recreation area. This strategic location (at 1.993 m, the highest summit in Portugal) provides magnificent views. You will enter the granite massif of Serra da Estrella, a whole different world with wide glacial valleys which recall the last Ice Age. Your route begins with a gradual descent from La Torre toward the western sector of the Natural Park. Traversing high pastures, narrow lanes, abrupt peaks and crystal-clear lakes, you make your way back to the lovely village of Loriga.
Distance: 12 km, 4.5-5 hrs, 50m ascent, 1230m descent.

Day 7. From Loriga to São Romão
The last walking route on this programme leads inland through wooded areas, passing typical villages clinging to the slopes of the “Mountains of the Stars”. On your way you will pass two interesting sites: Más Tumba and Cabeça da Velha, before you reach the pleasant village of São Romão, with several chapels. Your accommodation for tonight is a renovated traditional “Quinta”, now a beautiful hotel with swimming pool, situated just outside the village.
Distance: 19 km, 6,5-7 hrs, 775m ascent, 550m descent.

Day 8: End of the program
The tour comes to an end today after breakfast.


Price Includes:
7 nights accommodation in rooms with sh/wc from which 1 night at a luxurious “Quinta” or country estate
7 breakfasts
Luggage transfer according to program
Private transfers according to program on Days 2,3,6 & 7
Detailed route notes and maps
24-hour telephone assistance
Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

Not Included:
Lunches and dinners
Flights
Travel insurance
Tourist Tax
Transfers by public transportation
Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
Personal expenses such as drinks
tips
phone calls
additional transfers
etc.
Any items not especifically mentioned in this program

Additional Services:
Extra night/s at any of the accommodations of the programme: price or request
Solo Traveller Supplement


Gallery


Walking trip through the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range (Rated 4.91 / 5 Based on 87 Reviews.)
Price
630 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
215 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
645 EUR
Price
645 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
230 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
2-12
Best of Bulgaria Roundtrip 690 , 8 Days

Best of Bulgaria Roundtrip

Situated on the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is still one of the least explored countries in Europe....
Roundtrip Iran - Classical Persia 990 , 10 Days

Roundtrip Iran - Classical Persia

A cultural trip that will show you both modern Iran and ancient Persia. This is a roundtrip...
Mainland Yemen Tour (from Salalah,Oman) 1910 , 7 Days

Mainland Yemen Tour (from Salalah,Oman)

Yemen, with its rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty, was a popular tourist...

View all» What people say about us

Excellent
Penguin Travel on Trust Pilot
Based on 66 reviews
Trust Pilot
Binky's Review Verified review Verified
Syria A must in your Bucket list
We have just returned from a weeklong tour with Penguin with a Local tour guide Wasim. He was witty knowlegeable...
Binky, 26 November
Daniel's review Verified review Verified
Just completed the Guyanas tour
Great experience, all activitties were done as per tour description....
Daniel, 25 November
Maribeth's review Verified review Verified
I'm still dreaming that I'm still in Syria
My Syria visit with Penguin Travel was an amazing one.
Maribeth, 17 November
View all»

Blog

12.02.2024 17:03

Makalu: Epic Adventure on the Himalayan Giant

Soaring to an awe-inspiring 8,485 meters (27,838 ft), the colossal Makalu guards the Himalayas with a presence as imposing as it is majestic. This towering giant, ranking as the world's fifth highest peak, calls out to those daring souls drawn to its majestic beauty and formidable challenges. While Everest and K2 may capture more headlines, Makalu carves its unique niche, offering an intoxicating...


05.02.2024 14:19

Back to Russia in 2024

Why not? Travel to Russia is safe, with normalcy in major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok. The Trans-Siberian Railway is still connecting Moscow with Vladivostok and the Sea of Japan and all the interesting sights along the railway are open for visitors. Mount Elbrus is open for climbers and the salmons are jumping in the rivers on the Kola...


30.01.2024 15:25

Mikumi National Park: Tanzania's Wild Heart

Tanzania, an enchanting realm of unspoiled wilderness, cradles a mosaic of natural splendors, among which Mikumi National Park emerges as an unheralded yet mesmerizing jewel. Tucked away in Tanzania's verdant heart, this park unfurls a tapestry of experiences, weaving a narrative of adventure that beckons wildlife aficionados, avid photographers, and those who find solace in nature's...


18.01.2024 14:58

Discover Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake: A Serene Getaway

In the verdant heart of Taiwan, shrouded by undulating hills and a tapestry of greenery, a sanctuary of tranquility and cultural depth beckons. Here, where picturesque landscapes fuse seamlessly with a serene atmosphere, an invitation is extended to a realm where nature's artistry and cultural lineage merge in a sublime dance. This is not just any retreat; it is Taiwan's treasured natural marvel,...