In 1881, from Santa Apolónia, a group of 42 expeditionary men from the Society of Geography of Lisbon departed with expectations of an exploratory trip to the Serra da Estrela mountain range, an unknown region that contained myths and mysteries. It was this expedition that revealed to us the mountain range we know today, its paths, its secrets, the emblematic, historical and cultural places…the routes we honor today through the set of expeditionary activities we have reserved for you.
More than 250km of marked walking paths at Serra da Estrela. Discover the shepherds’ paths and the chaotic landscapes shaped by the action of the ancient glaciers. The flocks of sheep on the upper plateau. The glacial lagoons, the lost valleys, the Mondego, Zêzere and Alva rivers, the peaks and the breathtaking views.
UNESCO'S ESTRELA GEOPARK WALKING TOUR WITH PICNIC
Walking tour interpreted by a private guide from UNESCO Estrela Geopark, passing through geosites of scientific relevance.
PANORAMIC WALKING TOURS WITH PICNIC
Wide selection of guided walking tours through the most memorable panoramic landscapes of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, with different levels of difficulty, all of them provided with great beauty. With or without private guide.
FROM 50€ PAX
PANORAMIC OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN TOUR WITH PICNIC
A breathtaking and contemplative tour through the most beautiful views of the mountain. The tour takes place on mountain ridges and has an aerial perspective over the landscape. With private guide.
From 100€ PAX
PANORAMIC GOURMET LUNCH ASSISTED BY BUTLER
An experience that is as special as delicious. A gourmet lunch to do in any part of the mountain, assisted by a butler. Ask the reception about the suggested places, and choose what you prefer.
At the top of the mountain, you’re closer to the stars. Take advantage of the hotel’s privileged location and explore the night sky with our Stargazing activity made by a certified astronomer.
PARAGLIDING MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
A radical experience for those who want to see the mountain from even higher heights, with a paragliding flight assisted by a certified professional.
FROM 150€ PAX
GUIDED TOUR TO BUREL FACTORY
A journey through the history and wool culture of Serra da Estrela, in its most emblematic factory-museum with heritage looms and carving machines from the 19th century. The factory is property of the hotel.
THE SHEPPERDS TRADITIONS
ATTENDING THE SHEARING (MAY AND JUNE) AND THE TRANSHUMANCE (JUNE AND JULY)
Cultural immersion in the most iconic and ancient traditions of Serra da Estrela: the manual shearing of the sheep and the transhumance, time of the year when the shepherds guide the herds up the mountain.
A DAY WITH THE SHEPHERDS
A day to experience the ancestral lifestyle of the shepherds of Serra da Estrela’s upper plateau, where the herds graze freely. Summer activity.
TOUR TO THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGES WITH PICNIC
A tour to another era, with castles, ancient traditions, legends and myths showing its historical and cultural roots of the region.
TOUR TO PALACE AND VINEYARD WITH WINE TASTING
A mesmerizing tour to a palace surrounded by ancient vineyards, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with wine tasting at the end of the tour.
GONÇALO’S ANCESTRAL BASKETS WORKSHOP
Workshop of basket creation and other shapes and objects, made by an artisan and held in the village of Gonçalo, known for its ancestral roots in this art form.
VISIT TO CHEESE PRODUCER
Mandatory activity for the lovers of the famous Serra da Estrela cheese, experiencing the manufacturing process, with cheese tasting at the end of the visit.
GUIDED SNOW RACKET TOUR WITH HOT BEVERAGES
A guided tour to explore snowy landscapes with greater ease, using snowshoes.
WINTER HIKING WITH HOT BEVERAGES
Guided tour for those who love the magic of winter mountain landscapes, made through places of breathtaking beauty.
LAGOONS AND RIVER BEACHES
Water is nature and at this mountain, water is everywhere. There are several lagoons, springs and wild rivers very close to the hotel. Immerse yourself in its pure and crystalline waters, or enjoy its placidity from the shore.
KAYAK TOUR IN THE LAGOON OF ROSSIM VALLEY
A calming and refreshing kayak tour in the crystal clear waters in the most beautiful lagoon of Serra da Estrela. Up to 4 hours.