Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela attractions

Museum in Manteigas

Burel Factory

Manteigas' burel factory originally opened in 1960 and employed 1000 people at its height (burel is a wool fabric similar to felt). After a decline in the industry it was forced to close in the noughties, but thanks…
Museum in Covilhã

Museu de Lanifícios

Covilhã used to be the centre of one of Europe’s biggest wool-producing regions but stray outside the centre and you’ll see the town’s ghostly mills standing empty and forlorn. This interesting museum, housed in the…
Church in Covilhã

Igreja de Santa Maria

In the heart of Covilhã's gritty historic centre, the 16th-century Igreja de Santa Maria is a startling sight. Its facade is entirely clad in blue and white azulejos (hand-painted tiles) depicting episodes from the …
Waterfall in Manteigas

Poço do Inferno

The Poço do Inferno, a waterfall that descends the steep gorge of Ribeira de Lenadres, is a magnificent spectacle, particularly in spring. To get there from Manteigas, drive about 4km along the main road towards Tor…
Museum in Gouveia

Museu Municipal de Arte Moderna Abel Manta

This fascinating modern art museum pays homage to Abel Manta, a (controversial) Portuguese modernist painter, who was born in Gouveia in 1888. Around 23 of his works are on display, along with paintings by other wel…
Museum in Seia

Centro de Interpretacão da Serra da Estrela

In a park to the west of the town centre, this centre provides an excellent introduction to the Serra da Estrela region. A nine-minute film in English or Portuguese takes you flying around the mountains’ main points…
Museum in Seia

Museu do Brinquedo

This museum, housed in a lovely converted mansion, traces the history of Portuguese toys, from the Victorian to the contemporary, and as such, provides an interesting cultural study of Portuguese society, past and p…
Museum in Seia

Museu do Pão

This popular museum, set in a huge complex with mill wheels, a restaurant and rustic buildings, celebrates the history of traditional bread making. The highlight is a traditional-style shop where you can stock up on…
Bridge in Covilhã

Ponte Pedonal Penedos Altos

This striking footbridge spans the valley east of the old town, connecting the centre with the town's outer suburbs. Zigzagging over the valley floor, the 52m-high structure, accessible by a free lift from the Jardi…
Castle in Linhares & Folgosinho

Castelo de Linhares

Visible for miles around, Linhares' 13th-century castle is a formidable sight with its two crenellated keeps and impregnable walls. Not a lot remains inside the walls but the dizzying views from the battlements are …