It is a small municipality located on the eastern slope of serra da Estrela and in the river Zêzere. It is part of Vale Glaciar do Zêzere, a space visibly marked by the action of the ice that, after disappearing, left U-shaped valleys, erratic blocks, "covões" (Covão da Ponte, Covão d'Ametade), polished rocks and several ponds. A scenery of great beauty, which gets even more intense with the winter snows! The origins of its settlement are unknown, and there are only references to the designation of Manteigas as a village in documents from the 12th century. It received the charter in 1514 by the hand of Dom Manuel I. In 1896 it was no longer head of municipality, having been attached to Guarda. However, two years later, it became a county again. Gastronomically speaking, Manteigas offers various regional delicacies to eat and cry for more – from the famous feijoada no forno (bean stew cooked in the oven), the chanfana (typical old goat dish, cooked in a black clay recipient in the wood oven), sausages and dry goat cheese. For dessert, try the bolo de soda (biscuits made with olive oil and brandy), the bolo de crista, the cavacas (cupcake style pastry with an egg white coating) and the papas de milho (corn porridge). Finish the meal with a aguardente de zimbro (juniper schnapps) or a jeropiga (a sweet wine).
What to do in Manteigas
Estrela Geopark - Centro de Interpretação
Tem como objetivo reconhecer e valorizar o Património Natural e Cultural deste território, bem como salvaguardar a sua identidade. Aqui pode encontrar uma exposição permanente que lhe permitirá conhecer a Serra da Estrela e as suas inúmeras potencialidades articuladas ao seu património e também à sua fauna e flora.
Track with snow all year round, where you can take lessons of ski and snowboard. Even if there is no snow in the Sierra, here there's always, allowing snow sports the twelve months of the year. It also has School of ski and accommodation.
Located on the top of the Estrela Mountain, in quit scenic settings, this restaurant has a rustic decor, namely with granite and wood, and serves high level dishes. Good wine list.
Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel & Spa
Home located in the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, with fantastic views of Manteigas. Is a mountain resort, with comfortable accommodation, being a good starting point for hiking routes. It offers a pleasant indoor pool and sauna, as well …
Miradouro do Fragão do Corvo
Located in the Rocks, Golden this Belvedere offers breathtaking views. This may be seen the town of Manteigas, the magnificent glacial Valley of the Zêzere and the majestic Fraga da Cruz.
Praia Fluvial da Relva da Reboleira
This beach is part of the complex of recreational and leisure Unit of the Turf, yet compound Shelkovo campsites, picnic Park and the largest ski-in\/ski-out kinetics of Europe. Green is the predominant colour of this space, being the purest waters.
Casa das Obras
Construction of two-storey 18th-century House, where stands the gate of the entrance with masonry work, followed by a counter securely. This building still stands, the central door surmounted by a Bay window with curvilinear plan desk, flanked by symmetrical Windows …
Poço do Inferno
Cascade with about ten meters, situated in a tight throat opened by the ribeira de Leandros. In winter, the waterfall provides a good show because it is all white, full of ice columns that show the thickness of stems of …
Igreja Matriz de Manteigas / Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
Religious revivalist architecture, consisting of a nave, a chancel and sacristy. The main façade is composed of two bell towers. The encimar the door lies a cross, with closures in masonry.
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Serra da Estrela Cheese Fairs: Keeping the Tradition Alive
The king of Portuguese cheeses is spoken and tasted throughout the year, but it is in the months of February and March …
Rural Tourism to enjoy the snow in Serra da Estrela
In the highest mountainous area of mainland Portugal there are accommodations where intense contact with nature promise…
Where to eat in Manteigas
This restaurant belongs to the "albergaria" and has a pleasant dining room where well prepared regi…
A familiar restaurant with a friendly service and regional dishes.
Italian, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Pizzeria with good presentation, to provide a different meal. Pizzas and pastas are the specialties.
O restaurante Santa Luzia, em Manteigas, oferece uma vista privilegiada sobre a Serra da Estrela. D…
Ample space to serve dishes from traditional Portuguese cuisine at good prices.
Located on the top of the Estrela Mountain, in quit scenic settings, this restaurant has a rustic d…
Where to sleep in Manteigas
Home located in the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, with fantastic views of Manteigas. Is a mountain resort, with comfortable accommodation, being a good sta…
Um hotel totalmente panorâmico, concebido em 1940 por Rogério de Azevedo, renasceu com uma nova vida voltada para a beleza da paisagem, onde o ar puro da altit…
Located in the Valley of the River Zêzere, surrounded by leafy vegetation of Beira Interior, this hotel allows the contact with nature, with the pastoral beaut…
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Vila Nova de Foz Côa
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