Torre-Serra da Estrela

A road to Torre-Serra da Estrela, the highest point of Mainland Portugal

Torre is a monument at 1.996m (6,548ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Guarda and Castelo Branco districts. At this elevation it’s the highest point of Mainland Portugal. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Set high in the Serra da Estrela mountain range, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Regional Road 339 (R 339). The summit is the second most elevated point of the country (only Mount Pico, in the Azores, is higher).

Tucked away in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, on the northeastern part of the country, the road is 50 km (31 miles) long, running from Seia to Covilhã. The summit hosts two radar domes, a chapel, stores and a restaurant. The road is very steep, hitting a 10.4% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Access to the summit is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. The lowest temperatures of Portugal are recorded on the summit. This road offers jaw-dropping views, unparalleled freedom, and lots of fresh air.

 

 

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