Torre is a monument that marks the highest point of Mainland Portugal, at an elevation of 1,993 m (6,539 ft) above the sea level. It is located in a mountain range named Serra da Estrela, on the border between the municipalities of Seia (in Guarda) and Covilhã (in Castelo Branco). Torre (Serra do Strela) is the second most elevated point of the country (only Mount Pico, in the Azores, is higher).
Don’t forget your camera! In summer or winter, mainlandPortugal’s highest mountain is the perfect scenery for a few relaxing days in contact with nature.Serra da Estrelais an area of rare landscape beauty, with striking mountain drops, where you can have a deep experience of the silence of the heights.
The experience of using this road is very impressive. Near Torre, there are a restaurant, stores with typical products of this region, like theSerra da Estrelacheese, and a ski center called Vodafone Ski Resort, situated in themunicipalityofSeia. However, the nearest urban area of this place is the city of Covilhã, 20 km (12 mi) away, and the nearest accommodations are situated in the village of Penhas da Saúde, 10 minutes away.
The road includes some steep sections. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. Torre has an unusual feature of being a summit that is accessible by paved road, the Regional Road 339 (R 339), formerly National Road 339 (N 339). The Serra da Estrela region is located in the North-Eastern part Portugal, with a distance of 300 Km of Lisbon, 200 Km of Porto and 400Km of Madrid.