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Serra da Estrela (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛʁɐ ðɐ (ɨ)ʃˈtɾelɐ]) is the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal. Together with the Serra da Lousã it is the westernmost constituent range of the Sistema Central and also one of the highest in the system. It includes mainland Portugal's highest point at 1,993 metres (6,539 feet) above mean sea level (although the summit of Mount Pico in the Portuguese Azores islands is higher). This point is not a distinctive mountain summit, but rather the highest point in a plateau, being known as Torre ("Tower" in English). Torre is an unusual summit in that it is accessible by a paved road. The peak has a topographic prominence of 1,204 m (3,950 ft) and its parent peak is Pico Almanzor, in Spain.
The mountain range, situated between the municipalities of Seia, Manteigas, Gouveia, Guarda and Covilhã, is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) long and is 30 km (19 mi) across at its widest point. It is formed from a huge granite ridge that once formed the southern frontier of the country.

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  • even in the summer is worth going up there for the views, weather was very good you can take the best pictures of your life. 
    even in the summer is worth going up there for the views, weather was very good you can take the best pictures of your life.  more »
  • Warning: DEN OF THEIVES! This is a fine place to visit: reaching the highest point in mainland portugal by car. I would not dissuade anyone from going here, checking out the views, and even checking.....  more
    Warning: DEN OF THEIVES! This is a fine place to visit: reaching the highest point in mainland portugal by car. I would not dissuade anyone from going here, checking out the views, and even checking.....  more »
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  • Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal and offers skiing opportunities. Our drive through the area was a delightful to the eye and soul. Advise: dress for the season and don’t rush - so much to see and enjoy.
  • My little baby´s have never seen snow...So away to the mountain we went...The highest point on mainland Portugal...Famous for cheese but much more than that...You have towns and villages, University, museums, excellent food...Culture and traditions surrounded by beautiful nature and tranquility...Portugal packs a powerful punch in a small package...Resident Cowboy and supporter of the the economy of Portugal since 2016

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