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Serra da Estrela walking trip

Serra da Estrela walking trip

Natural Park Serra da Estrela

  • Serra da Estrela; Portugal’s highest mountain range
  • Surprising rock formations, lush valleys, waterfalls and authentic alpine villages. 
  • A Natural Park with the highest summits in Portugal 
  • An excellent network of way-marked walking paths 
  • Accommodation situated in or near Medieval villages
  • 2 nights at a luxurious “quinta” or country estate
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Route

Start: Celorico da Beira     Finish: São Romão

Day 1: Arrival in Celorico da Beira
Day 2: From Celorico da Beira to Linhares along the Serra do Ralo
Day 3: From Folgosinho to Manteigas
Day 4: Circular Route from Manteigas to Poço do Inferno or rest day
Day 5: Circular Route from Manteigas or rest day
Day 6: From La Torre to Loriga
Day 7: From Loriga to Sao Romao
Day 8: End of Arrangement

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. 

Challenge: Travel to Serra da Estrela

Villages along the way: Celorico da Beira

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. From Linhares you have an included transfer to your next accommodation in Folgosinho.

Challenge: 16 km / Ascent: 620m, Descent: 350m / Time: 5.5-6 hours

Villages along the way: Celorico da Beira, Linhares, Folgosinho

Day 3:    From Folgosinho to Manteigas

After breakfast you have a taxi transfer to the beginning of today's route, the chapel at Nossa Senhora de Assedasse. 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. 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.

Challenge: 22 km / Ascent: 700 m / Descent: 550 m / Time: 6.5-7 h

Villages along the way: Folgosinho, Manteigas

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.

Challenge: 14 km / Ascent: 650 m, Descent: 650 m / Time: 6-6.5 hours

Villages along the way: Manteigas

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. 

Challenge: 14km / Ascent 630m; Descent: 630m / Time: 6 hours

Villages along the way: Manteigas

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.

Challenge: 18 km / Ascent 835: m, Descent: 110 m / Time: 6 hours

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.

Challenge: 12 km / Ascent: 50 m, Descent: 1230 m / Time: 4.5-5 hours

Villages along the way: Loriga

Day 7:    From Loriga to Sao Romao

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.

Challenge: 19 km. 775m ascent, 550m descent. 6,5-7 hour. 

Villages along the way: Loriga, Seia, São Romão

Day 8:    End of Arrangement

Your arrangement comes to an end today after breakfast.

Challenge: Departure from Portugal.

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. Accommodations are located in or near Medieval villages. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Casa dos Osorios
Casa dos Osorios

Located in the historical centre of Celorico da Beira, this hotel is in a former 18th century manor house and it evokes its refined past. Surrounded by a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, in which guests can enjoy the comfort and the tranquility. 

www.casadososorios.com

Casa Brasao
Casa Brasao

Completely rebuilt tradtional house with 2 floors, including a bathroom decorated with hand-painted tiles that show monuments and history of the village.

www.folgosinho.com/web1/casa_brasao.html

Hotel Berne
Hotel Berne

With a quiet and a welcoming atmosphere this hotel is perfect to escape from routine and to rest in harmony with nature. The hotel has 17 rooms with balconies with mountain views. The rooms are comfortable and their are decorated in a basic but nice way. the restaurant has large windows and panoramic views and it offers a good quality gastronomy including many typical Portuguese specialities as well as international ones.  

www.hotelberne.com

Pensao Cristovao
Pensao Cristovao

This hostel is in a unique old house with more than 100 years of history, located in the centre of Loriga.

www.facebook.com/casa.cristovao/

Quinta do Crestelo
Quinta do Crestelo

The property of 18 ha in which this hotel is located spreads along a green valley surrounded by oak forests and with three streams running through it. The hotel is in a former farm that was restored maintainig its original personality. 

www.quintadocrestelo.pt

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

The nearest airports to Serra da Estela are: Porto airport (OPO) and Lisbon airport (LIS)

Arrival in Celorico da Beira

From Porto Airport (OPO), you take the Metro or Bus to O Porto city centre. There is a direct bus run by Rede Expressos. You can also take the Metro (line E to “Trinidade” stop) where you change to line D direction “D.João I”. Get off at the second stop and follow signs to the bus terminal “Rede Expressos” in Rua Alexandre Herculano.

From the bus station in Porto, take a bus to the historic village of Celorico da Beira (2.5-3 hours). More info at www.rede-expressos.pt 

From Lisbon Airport (LIS). Get a shuttle bus to Sete Rios Bus Station in Lisbon city (line 96). You can also take a taxi. From the bus station take a bus to Celorico da Beirawith the company Rede Expressos (4.5 to 5 hours trip)  

Departure from Sao Romao

To Porto airport from Seia; Take the bus from Seia to Coimbra (direction “Lisboa”), where you change buses to connect to O Porto. From Porto bus station take a bus or taxi to the airport 

To Lisbon airport from Seia; Take a bus from Seia to Lisbon, most combinations require you to change buses in Coimbra). Around 4.5 to 5 hours trip. From Lisbon bus station there’s a shuttle service to the airport. 

 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transport according to program
  • Transfers on Days 2, 3, 6 & 7 according to program
  • Detailed route descriptions and map for each walk

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Transfers by public transport 
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, phone calls, additional transfers, etc.
  • Any items not especifically mentioned in this program

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
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