10. From Lisbon: Serra da Estrela Tour with Tasting
At the appointed time, we will meet in Praça dos Restauradores, in the center of Lisbon, to then leave the capital behind us and set off towards the country's impressive peaks, rich in history and traditions.
First, we will visit Covilhã, gateway to the Serra da Estrela, as well as home to the Cheese Museum, which we will visit to learn about the production process of the local dairy delicacy. Pure ecstasy for the palate! Next, we will reach the highest point of mainland Portugal, the Torre da Serra, from which we will enjoy an incredible view of the Serra da Boa Viagem and the neighboring Serra de Gredos.
We will then continue to Penhas da Saúde, a beautiful mountain village that stands at an altitude of about 1,500 meters, in the middle of the Serra da Estrela. These postcard views will simply leave you breathless! If you visit in the winter months, you can even admire the magical snow-capped mountains. Along the way, we will also see a sculpture dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Boa Estrela, patron saint of shepherds, dating back to 1946. Quite surprising, don't you think?
We will then begin the descent, stopping along the way in Manteigas, a town of unique beauty at about 700 meters above sea level, in the Serra da Estrela glacial valley crossed by the Zêzere River. The relaxing flow of water will accompany us on our journey, catapulting us into an atmosphere of absolute serenity.
Before heading to our next destination, we will reach the "O divino" establishment to taste the Serra cheese produced there. What better way to end our tour of the resort?
At the end of the visit, we will return to Lisbon, with arrival expected after approximately twelve hours of activity.