There is always "another reason" to visit this mountain, but snow is its top attraction.
The only place in Portugal where snow is a little more then a quickly fading vestige, Serra da Estrela has our only skiing facilities (and now using also artificial snow).
Even for those that don’t practice those sports, it’s a place frequently visited or to feel the intense cold that we are not used to, or to play in the snow.
Sku is a neologism used to refer sliding in the snow on a plastic bag, and thousands of children (and adults) had days of fun practicing sku.
I don't know where did the name come from, but this place is only a small beautiful waterfall, in a wet and cool place in the mountain, near Manteigas - a break in the snow games, a chance for a picnic, or just a quick look.
However, I believe that only a small percentage of the visitors of the mountain do the detour to this place - the goal is snow, and that is better seen several kilometers higher.
Old woman's head
Old man's head
You have the old lady's head, couldn't fail the old man's one.
The caprices of nature are funny, but the resemblance is real. Those spread rocks are a good pretext to wander around in the mountain, a national natural park.
Easier to see than the old lady, you don't need to leave the road to do it.
othercontact: GPS: 40°26'22"N 7°35'53"W
Penhas da Saúde
The highest point of the mountain reaches 1991 metres. To round it to the 2000 meters, one 9 meters tower was built in the top, becoming the reference to everyone who visits it. That's also the area where the snow lasts longer. As everybody goes there, and the road has a dead end, in winter holidays it may become too jammed, and without parking.
To prevent that, the many stalls that along the years where installed to sell the local products were forbidden and moved away.
Zêzere Glacier Valley
This dramatic rocky valley is the most beautiful access to the top of the mountain, but...
My first time climbing it was with a Renault 4 - a weak vehicle, that, as we were going up was loosing power. I was distracted from the landscape and seriously worried about the chance or not being able to reach the summit, when I saw my friend J. Fernando, with a powerful car, stopped and stepping the tires.
The way is steeper than it looks and the rarefied air does the rest - as all the people used to travel in high mountains know well - we didn't...yet.