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.


Thermal Spa

About 3 km (1 mile) from the Village, we find the important Thermal Spa of Caldas de Manteigas. (

With sulphurous waters, indicated for the treatment of several illnesses, like rheumatism, dermatosis, respiratory tract and musculoskeletal illnesses, the Thermal Spa is equipped with a pool, a recovery gymnasium and a sauna. (

The Thermal Spa is supplied by two sources, highlighting the called “Fonte Santa”, whose waters sprout at a temperature of 42 degrees. Since 1987, the modern and functional Spa is working, sophisticatedly equipped with the most modern technologies. (


Common walnut (Juglans regia)

European chestnut (Castanea sativa)

Wild olive (Olea europea)

Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)

White Birch (Betula celtiberica)

Sweet bay (Laurus nobilis)

White willow (Salix salvifolia) and the

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Pyrenean Oak (Quercus pyrenaica)

Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) – rare species in Portugal

Juniper (Juniperus communis ssp. Alpina)

(Echinospartum ibericum)



Iberian Frog (Rana iberica)

Perez’s Frog (Rana perezi)



Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

Iberian Emerald Lizard (Lacerta shreiberi)

Gold-striped Salamander (Chioglossa lusitanica)

Viperine Water Snake (Natrix maura)

Sand Lizard (Lacerta lacerta)



Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Common Genet (Genetta genetta)

Beech Marten (Martes foina)

European Polecat (Mustela putorius)

Least Weasel (Mustela nivalis)

Boar (Sus scrofa)

European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Greater White-Toothed Shrew (Crossidura russula)

Iberian Shrew (Sorex granaries)

Spanish Mole (Talpa ocidentalis)



Birds of prey

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) more common in the mountain

Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus) – a rare species in Portugal

Western Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

Bonelli’s Eagle – (Hierateus fasciatus) – rare in Serra da Estrela