As far as the eye can see
A completely panoramic scenery hotel. Conceived in 1940 by Rogério de Azevedo, it is now reborn and turned towards the beauty of the landscape, where the panorama, burel wool and the pure air in altitude are key-elements of the stay. With the horizons filled with mountain silhouettes in its grandiosity and simplicity, and granite rocks that dyes the greenery of the cliffs, reinforcing the presence of the origins.
A breathtaking scenery that feels like walking slowly, exploring time at your own pace, discovering winding paths, boulders, cliffs, viewpoints, rivers, lagoons, river beaches, herds and shepherds who have been driving the sheep for hundreds of years. Run the mountains, the plateaus, the valleys, sweep them with the view that extends through the jagged cuttings, unravel the myths of the emblematic places.
ZÊZERE GLACIAR VALLEY
The Zêzere Glacier Valley, one of the largest in Europe, boasts unrivaled geological beauties, such as the austere granite rocks of the Cártaros, Magro, Gordo and Raso, as well as biogenetic reserves of natural and scenic value. Between the sinuous course of the valley, where the land no longer yields any grazing and small pockets of weak subsistence agriculture, the river Zêzere runs fast, hurried to reach quieter places where the green pastures with their herds peacefully share and harmonize the landscape. The grazing and agriculture that resists coexist with countless species of fauna and flora, in landscapes of rare beauty that lend him even more charm. The slopes are abrupt, furrowed by lines of water that fall into cascades shaped by the ice that time has taken. It is this Valley, this wonderful Zêzere Glacier Valley, integrated in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, which is worth to appreciate of from Casa de São Lourenço.
SERRA DA ESTRELA - World Geopark by UNESCO
The region of Serra da Estrela was recognized as World Geopark by UNESCO. A “recognition of the geological potential of the territory and its natural and cultural heritage and, as such, a first step towards the sustainable development of the entire region”, seeking to increase the tourist, economic and social potential of the municipalities that are part of the territory and, consequently, increasing the quality of life of the populations, keeping the Serra da Estrela protected and seeking a constant good management of its available resources.
“The promotion, enhancement and defense of the territory, its geological and cultural heritage, the development of local economic activities and the organization of awareness raising and cooperation with other entities are central”.