The first three Roads in this list all clamber their way up the Serra da Estrela, mainland Portugal’s highest mountain, which offers a magnificent backdrop for an adventurous ride. Its summit at 1.993 meters towers over an area of rare landscape beauty, with striking mountain drops and a sea of deafening silence above the clouds.
A stunning place, not only enjoyed by humans, but also by a wide variety of birds and flocks of sheep herded by the local - appropriately named - Estrela dogs. The sheep are of great importance to the region, as their milk is used to produce the region's most characteristic product - the renowned Queijo da Serra cheese that’s produced with a bunch of ancestral techniques. A must-try.
Although our focus is mainly aimed at motorcycle riding, the Natural Park is also a great place for outdoor activities, like hiking, trail running or mountain biking during the summer months - don’t hesitate to try the 25 Lagoon Itinerary, leading you to some refreshing locations. You can even experience the sensation of paragliding in Linhares da Beira, soaring over this historical village.
But, as winter approaches, you might as well strap your skis or snowboard on the back of your bike, as there are several pistes with support infrastructure. In Portugal? Yes ma’am, yes sir. Given that this is the highest peak in mainland Portugal, it is also one of the zones with the highest levels of precipitation, with abundant snow in the winter, enabling winter sports to be practiced. The fact an ice crystal is the symbol of the Natural Park, in allusion to its climatic characteristics and the glacial origin of this mountain range, is no coincidence…