Manteigas Municipality is a privileged and singular territory in Serra da Estrela Natural Park, whose natural, ecologic and landscape conditions overwhelm both the native and the visitor.
In Manteigas you can enjoy a multiple landscape with unique elements, attractive and well preserved, with places of great beauty and quietness, which allow a close contact with nature. Serra da Estrela is the only one in Portugal where the action of the glacier action was felt, leaving countless testimonies on the landscape, such as polished rocks, erratic blocks, huge holes, morays and glacial lagoons, deep valleys with the form of a U, being the Zêzere Glacier Valley one of Manteigas ex-libris. The element water is structuring in this Municipality and in this region, because like the human body, it is the base of its existence. The health and well-being tourism join at the Thermal Spa – Caldas de Manteigas, which is complemented by an Interpretative Centre, a picnic park and a trout selling point (which sells the trout produced at the trout farming – Viveiro das Trutas, that is placed there taking advantage of the crystalline and wild waters which erupt from the mountain.
The cascade of Paulo Luís Martins Fountain – whose refreshing water never stops to sprout- a water fall with about 10 metres, which begins at the canyon opened by Ribeira de Leandres, Penhas Douradas – which might have been searched by people who longed for the good air of the mountain and where we highlight the harmony between Man and Nature – ending with the climbing to the highest place in Continental Portugal – Torre, are places that are worth a visit. Its biodiversity allows Manteigas to be a real study book, strengthening the biological complementarity with the territory’s geomorphology.
The grazing and its related activities give the Municipality a particularity whose origin dates back to 1188, when D. Sancho I granted the village its first charter, portrayed today by the weaving handicraft, which perpetuates the woolen manufacture tradition, by making an Activity Exhibition every year at Carnival, a Handicraft Fair and a Serra da Estrela Cheese Taste (Expo Estrela) that attracts many visitors to the Municipality.