Serra da Estrela Tour a different Tour, perfect for those who want to visit the interior of Portugal, the highest point of continental Portugal, famous for its mountains, its people and also for its cheese.
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel / Apartment, Lisbon|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||8:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM in the afternoon.|
A great tour for those who wanna understand the process of the Portuguese Serra da Estrela cheese, which serves as a pasture for the “Serra da Estrela” or “Churra Mondegueira” sheep, considered by many to be the best dairy products, so that the cheese reaches the best quality the have to be made from the same milking. Even today, the manufacture of the cheese and its ritual are made in a traditional way, as it was hundreds of years ago, where the shepherds leave with the herd in the morning and return in the late afternoon.
Their families make the cheese according to family techniques, the shepherd chooses carefully the pasture of his sheep, because certain herbs give bad taste to the milk, and every day, the shepherd milks the sheep at nightfall, after which his wife prepares the milk to make the cheese.
Serra da Estrela a natural an exceptional place to be, the highest spot in Continental Portugal, more then 100 thousand hectares distributed in six different municipalities, the first natural park created in Portugal, holding the record for the largest protected area in all of Portugal.
Come discover the secrets of this heavenly place in our Serra da Estrela Tour…
Nowadays Covilha houses one of the most important Portuguese Universities (UBI – Universidade da Beira Interior).
The Tower - Ski Slope
We find here the only ski resort in the country with the lowest temperatures in Portugal are usually recorded at the top of the Serra da Estrela, with minimum temperatures occasionally reaching -20 °C (-04 farenheit) in winter. Here you can rent your equipment and try one of the different slopes.
Seia - Bred Museum
As such for this special day, if you so desire, we have for you a suggestion of a typical mountainside restaurant with a full course menu: Appetizers; Morcela, chorizo and cheese. 5 main dishes; wild rabbit, goat’s rice, lamb, suckling pig, veal and boar with beans. Desserts; Sweet rice, cream milk, curd with pumpkin jam and seasonal fruit. All you can drink beverages; house wine, water, sodas and juices. Coffee and digestives. All you can eat!!! All homemade style !!!