Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain in continental Portugal with endless and wonderful opportunities for hiking in the summer and for skiing in the winter or simply sightseing all year round. A mountain asking to be visited.
Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain in continental Portugal amounting to 1993 meters high. May not seem that high for someone from the Swiss Alps, but its already quite a few meters, and surely quite high for someone from the Netherlands. Worthing mentioning that I say continental Portugal, because the highest point in Portugal the country is in fact officially in the much further, middle of the Atlantic, Azores island of Pico, with 2351 meters. Meters side, Serra da Estrela is a delightful mountain, with endless and wonderful opportunities for its visitors. From hiking in the summer to skiing in the winter or simply sightseeing all year round.
In winter everyone from the area and even people from far away as Lisbon, try to reach to the top, which they only due if the roads are not closed because of the snow and ice. If they get there they play in the snow, throw ice balls, try to sky on top of plastic bags and so on. You have to understand, where in Portugal not to many places and not so even, do people get to have snow. Also, in the winter, the sky track opens up for those wishing to sky down the great snowy white slopes. And in the summer, the sky resort transforms itself into a downhill bike resort, so there is activity all the time, all around.
Hiking is another of the great activities you can do where, with great sight to wonder upon and nature to contact with. There are also a few rock climbing routes for those who are addicted to the sport, like me, that are quite worth exploring. There are several climbing sectors spread out thought the mountain with different kind of levels. Just be aware that this is a protected area and there are some rules regarding the activities that you can do here.
Serra da Estrela, a mountain just asking to be visited. Climbed up or skied down, whatever you prefer.