Snow Experience in Serra da Estrela - An adorable place of natural beauty!

Explore the Serra da Estrela mountain range in the Centre of Portugal on this private day tour from Porto.
During the winter months, in the highest point on the mountain, the Tower, tries to do the best known sport in the region: sit on the floor on top of a plastic bag and slide down small slopes. It's guaranteed fun! Or you can make a snowman by using a few sticks to decorate and a scarf that doesn't mind getting wet. Children will absolutely love it.
During the summer, on clear days, the view may be shorter to the sea, in the area of Figueira da Foz. People who love to spend their holiday amidst mountains and beautiful nature must visit Portugal's biggest mountain.
We will start the tour in a locality named Pinhanços, existing since the Arabian era, where you will learn how to make and eat Serra da Estrela Cheese, a speciality which you must never miss.
If you choose, the option of wine tasting, we will go to visit Quinta Da Bica, to discover more about Portuguese wine region Dão.

per adult from

$176

NZD

Duration

10 to 12 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Gourmet Lunch with wine.
    • Personal accident and liability insurance.
    • Our chauffeurs have knowledge and ethics required for confidential business matters
    • Our chauffeurs provide a concierge service for any requirements.
    • Our executive vehicles provide Wi-Fi, bottled water, refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere.
    • Live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese
    • Entry/Admission - Museu do Pao
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to venues & attractions along the tour route.
    • Gratuities are not included and is left to individual discretion.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Pinhancos, Pinhancos, Guarda District, Central Portugal

    Pinhanços is a Portuguese locality of Seia, with 7.95 km² and 703 inhabitants (2001). Its settlement dates back to the time of the Arabs, as evidenced by the existence of a Moorish almocabar of which there are still some graves.
    As for the built cultural heritage are worth visiting the Mother Church, the fountain of São Lourenço and the chapels of Our Lady of Lomba, St. Anthony, St. Peter and the house of Pinhanços.


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: 6270-184 Santa Comba, Portugal

    Optional - Quinta da Bica

    According to family tradition, the origin of the Bica Manor is in a convent witch already existed between 1550 and 1650. Since 1650 Quinta da Bica is in the Sacadura Botte family.
    The Bica Manor is on one of the road exits from the town of Seia. The Estate where the Manor’s located is entered passing through an impressive portal and high wall which stand out on the landscape. After passing through the portal enters the courtyard which leads to the Manor, a seventeenth century stately home which underwent major works of recuperation on the inside during this century, although it still maintains its original outline. Along with the Manor there is also a beautiful stone fountain that gives the Manor its name – the whole architectural group occupies a great agricultural property which is lost in time, at least until the seventeenth century.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Museu do Pao, Rua de Santa Ana, Seia 6270-538 Portugal

    Optional - Located in Serra da Estrela, is a private museum whose purpose is to collect, preserve, and display the objects and heritage of Portuguese bread in all its aspects: ethnography, politics, society, history, religion, and art.
    The museum also includes visitor support areas intended to make your stay more pleasant: the Library-Bar, the Historic Market, and the restaurant. All of these spaces have the same theme as the Museum, and offer visitors a wide array of quality services and opportunities.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sabugueiro, Sabugueiro, Guarda District, Central Portugal

    This is one of the must-see points in any Serra da Estrela itinerary, and it has the title of the highest village in Portugal, with its 1200 meters altitude. In this village, marvel at the surrounding traditions and natural surroundings and here you must try the famous Serra cheese.
    The story goes that this village arose from a cluster of shepherds' huts who used the pastures for their sheep and goats.
    In old documents it appears called "Village of Sabugária". This is why it is a very old village, reported by D. Afonso II's Inquiries, in 1296.
    Visit its river beach and the Parish Church of Sabugueiro.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Covao Dos Conchos, Serra da Estrela 6270 Portugal

    Covão dos Conchos is a unique movie scenery. It is a circular opening with waterfall in a pond in the Mountain. Although it seems natural, it was the hands of man who made this charm that actually serves to lead the waters of Ribeira das Naves to the Comprida Lagoon.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Lagoa Comprida, N339, Seia 6260-000 Portugal

    This is a mysterious place that seems to have been taken from an authentic movie, but it is very real.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Barragem do Vale do Rossim, Avenida Serra da Estrela, Gouveia 6290-661 Portugal

    In the heart of the Serra da Estrela, more specifically in the Penhas Douradas, and next to the largest glacial valley in Europe, extends this mantle of water that in summer attracts all that are nearby vacationers.
    The Rossim Valley Recreational Center lies at an average altitude of 1437 meters. Before the dam was built, it was one of the best highland pastures in the municipality of Gouveia. The place was, almost always, frequented by herds of transhumance, herds that gathered on these sides from São João until the parties of Mr. do Calvário, in August.


    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Torre, Serra da Estrela Portugal

    The Tower is the highest point in Serra da Estrela and also in mainland Portugal, and the second highest in Portugal (only the Pico Mountain, in the Azores, has the highest altitude - 2351 m). This point is not a characteristic mountain ridge, but the highest point of a mountain range.
    The Tower has the unusual feature of being a top accessible by a paved road, at the end of which there is a roundabout with a symbolic monument of the Tower and a geodetic landmark.
    It is said, although this is not confirmed, that King D. João VI would have had a stone monument erected here at the beginning of the 19th century, in order to complete the altitude until reaching 2000 meters.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Covao D'Ametade, Estrada N338 atração de MANTEIGAS, Serra da Estrela Portugal

    Covão da Ametade is one of the most symbolic and most beautiful places in Serra da Estrela. It is located at the beginning of the Zêzere Glacier Valley. It is a poorly drained depression situated in a glacial hollow downstream of the summit hollow.
    Although the site is close to 1500 meters in altitude, it is not accessible only on the harshest winter days when the roads do not allow passage due to snowfall. Along the way you can stop to be dazzled by the beauty of Lake Viriato.


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Corgo das Mós, Mangualde da Serra, 6290, Portugal

    Nascente do Rio Mondego
    The Mondego River is the fifth largest Portuguese river and the first of all that have its course entirely in Portugal. It is born in Serra da Estrela, bathes the city of Coimbra and has its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean, next to the city of Figueira da Foz. It has a total length of 258 kilometers.
    When born, it is still very small and has the name of Mondeguinho. Its source is located on the site of Corgo das Mós (or Mondeguinho), village of Mangualde da Serra, municipality of Gouveia, at an altitude of about 1525 meters.
    In the rare case a river

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Poco do Inferno, Manteigas Portugal

    Climbing parallel to Ribeira de Leandres and following narrow paths, where there is no more than a car, we come to one of the ex-libris of Serra da Estrela and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country: the Well of Hell!
    Here, in the heart of the Sierra at 1080 meters altitude, the waters are icy, as it should be at this time of year. Crystal clear and transparent invite you to a dive at another time of the year, of course!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Manteigas, Manteigas, Guarda District, Central Portugal

    Located at approximately 700m altitude, in a glacier valley of Serra da Estrela, where the river Zêzere runs, the county seat Vila de Manteigas is known for its famous textile industry, and nowadays for tourism development, given the importance in this area of Serra da Estrela. The region excels in its unique natural beauty, with absolutely magnificent landscapes that have provided the region with the raw materials needed for the production of its typical products over the centuries: pastures for the herds to produce wool for the famous textiles and milk for the renowned Serra da Estrela Cheese.
    The natural heritage of the region is very rich, and points such as the Well of Hell with its stunning waterfall, often transformed into ice in winter, the Pedra do Urso, the Zêzere River Valley, the Penhas da Saúde, are unmissable and passionate places. All the gastronomy of the Serra da Estrela region is well represented and presented in Manteigas, with a good offer of Catering and Hospitality.
    Visit the church.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Gouveia, Gouveia, Guarda District, Central Portugal

    Optional - Gouveia is a beautiful mountain town in the center of the country, seat of a municipality, located on the western slope of the great Serra da Estrela, about 700 meters above sea level, where you can see a wonderful panorama of the Mondego Valley, and all the wonderful surrounding nature. Gouveia presents a proud Heritage, with several monuments, churches, manor houses and old neighborhoods of traditional mountain streets.
    Noteworthy is the imposing 17th century Mother Church, very close to the beautiful Casa da Torre, which stands out for its Manueline elements, such as the windows, St. Peter's Church, or the interesting 18th century Church of Mercy, the Pelourinho, the São Lazarus Fountain of 1779 or the Solar Serpa Pimentel (18th century).
    Nature is one of the great heritage assets of Gouveia, which has beautiful green spaces and varied leisure places, such as the Zoological Park, as well as beautiful points such as Monte Calvário with an eighteenth century temple and a panoramic view of excellence, as well as the viewpoint. do Paixotão, or the historic São Francisco Convent, nowadays privately owned, which was built by the Templars.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Castelo de Folgosinho, Rua da Fonte dos Limos Verdes 13 Folgosinho, Gouveia 6290-081 Portugal

    Optional - On top of the beautiful village of Folgosinho, on the northern slope of Serra da Estrela, Folgosinho Castle was a defensive triangle in the Mondego river valley, along with that of Linhares and Celorico da Beira.
    The origins of the Castle are diffuse, saying popular knowledge that its foundation was attributed to the warrior Viriato, who was born here, while other archaeological studies point to a medieval foundation, continuing the settlement of the region.


    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Castelo de Linhares da Beira, Rua do Castelo, Linhares 6360-080 Portugal

    Optional - Medieval village of the century. XII, Linhares da Beira has a unique architectural diversity, the result of the legacy of various eras. In 1169, he received his first floral, attributed by D. Afonso Henriques.
    But only later, in the reign of King Dinis, was its imposing castle erected, a landmark of the village and the main visiting card of our day. To wander the streets of this museum village is to make a foray into the past, its history, and feel the breeze of the Mondego Valley and caress our face.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Praça da Liberdade 19, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Porto Airport, Porto Portugal
    Ports
    • Leixões Port
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infant seats available
    • Accessible for those with limited mobility.
    • Accessible for those with limited eye sight.
    • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
    • If you have limited mobility, please inform us when you call to confirm your reservation.
    • You must inform us if you need child safety seat for children under 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches (144 cm) tall.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • It's forbidden to smoke, eat or drink any drink other than water inside the vehicle.
    • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
    • For international guests, please be aware the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years of age.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Endless Weekend Tours® received its guarantee seal - Clean & Safe in May 2020 from the Portuguese National Tourist Office.
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  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Endless Weekend Tours

Activity ID: V-125650P77

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