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Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela
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Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela
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Where the heart of the mountain beats

The 775m high town of Manteigas is located at the heart of the Natural Park of Estrela Mountain in the glacial valley of Zêzere river. Human presence in this region gets lost in time, for this was one of the last shelters of the “Hermínios” tribes led by the warrior Viriato, in the origin of Lusitanian nationality. Presenting some important monuments, such as Romanic Santa Maria Church and Casa das Obras (Rural Tourism), a 17th century manor house, this council is mostly rich in natural heritage, tourism being the main source of income. Apart from the beauties and the snow of the mountain, visitors also look for the thermal complex by the river and the modern sport park Skipark, where you can ski in an artificial rug even in Summer. The imposing “Cântaros”, rocky formations that resulted from glacial movements can be found in the area of Manteigas, along with Fonte Quente (42°C ) and Fonte Santa (19°C) water springs of Manteigas thermal stations. Also worth highlighting are the 1668m high Penhas Douradas, consisting of three cliffs enlightened by sun as dusk falls. The houses have peculiar architectural shapes, arousing curiosity because they are perfectly integrated in the surrounding granite rocks.


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