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Torre, Serra da Estrela

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Torre is the highest point of Mainland Portugal, and the second most elevated of the Portuguese Republic . This point is not a distinctive mountain summit, but rather the highest point in a mountain range. Torre has an unusual feature of being a summit that is accessible by paved road, the Regional Road 339, formerly National Road 339 .It is located in a mountain range named Serra da Estrela, on the border between the municipalities of Seia, District of Guarda and Covilhã, District of Castelo Branco.The actual elevation of this area is 1,993 metres, according to measures realized by the Instituto Geográfico do Exército . Right in the highest point of the mountain range, situated in the middle of a roundabout, near a road that connects the cities of Seia and Covilhã, a trig point that shows the highest point in Serra da Estrela was built.Near Torre, there are a restaurant, stores with typical products of this region, like the Serra da Estrela cheese, and a ski center called Vodafone Ski Resort, situated in the municipality of Seia. However, the nearest urban area of this place is the city of Covilhã, 20km away, and the nearest accommodations are situated in the village of Penhas da Saúde, 10 minutes away.
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  • The drive up from any side is nice. Scenic and interesting. When you arrive however the atmosphere is zero as they built various bunker like shops and radio antennae. Shop sell mainly stinky cheese an...  more »
  • While the buildings look rather shabby it's good to be at such a high altitude. The shops inside have delicious cheeses and hams plus souvenirs. They are well worth a browse. The drive to Torre is bea...  more »
  • I've known this place since I was a kid and it looks uglier than ever. The buildings are poorly maintained as the GNR (police forces) building looks abandoned! The "shopping mall" looks like the cheap...  more »