A mountain to discover
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.
Discover the whole region in a comfortable way, with our driving routes through the Tower, Upper Plateau, Pastoral, Historical and Mountain villages, a wine farm and many other places.
Considering the privileged location of these villages that are housed in valleys dug by rivers and streams, they are undoubtedly the stage for a privileged encounter with the natural wonders and the populations that still maintain the old traditions.
Visit the Burel Factory
Burel Factory is a record in the history of the village of Manteigas and in the Portuguese Wool Industry. Due to the current measures imposed by the Government of Portugal, guided tours of the factory are limited to groups of 5 people, imposing the need for pre-scheduling and confirmation. We kindly ask that you go to the hotel reception for more information, or contact the hotel.
Guided tours to Burel Factory, from Monday to Friday at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Estrela Geopark Activities
The Estrela World Geopark promotes a set of activities aiming the knowledge of the vast territory of Serra da Estrela mountain range. Discover them.
We have BTT bikes, so that you can go out looking for your next adventure. The bikes are adapted to the landscape so that you can travel without difficulty and without giving up the scenery. The Serra is yours to discover on two wheels.
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.
Discover the beauty of the landscape through its flavors. Get in touch with your ingredients that grow on the slopes. Make an Expeditionary Picnic. We set the table in any part of the Mountain, whenever you want, in unique places caressed by infinite landscapes.
Get to know the shepherds’ paths, secret places and incredible landscapes. Discover the water, the vastness of the sky, the infinite horizons, the peaks trimmed against the light, enjoy the silence of nature, the touch of breeze in the face, and the wild scent that remains in our hands. There is a whole mountain to explore, do it with us.
With the arrival of spring the white gives way to the green, the skis to the flocks of sheep, the frenzy to the gentle breeze, the snow to the water that flows down the slopes. In the highest mountains of Portugal mainland there are rivers of pure and clear water. These are the best river beaches of Serra da Estrela mountain range.
Skiing in Serra da Estrela
In the mountains of Serra da Estrela, snow is the Star, with it appearing between November and April. Experience it at the Tower’s Ski Resort or on a snowshoe ride that we provide for you at the Hotel.