Climb to the Tower in the middle of Estrela Geopark
The Geopark of Serra da Estrela, spanning an expansive area of over 2,000 kilometers, proudly holds the esteemed UNESCO World Geopark classification. Situated in a remote region of central Portugal, it offers an idyllic setting for those seeking exhilarating adventures on secluded roads, where extraordinary climbs and awe-inspiring landscapes await.
At the summit of this mountain range stands Torre, the highest point, presenting an enticing challenge for climbers. Among the four routes ascending to 2,000 meters, each one guarantees a gratifying experience. At O-BIKE, we enthusiastically recommend the Belmonte-Manteigas route as the preferred ascent to Torre. Stretching approximately 40 kilometers and featuring an impressive gradient of 1,600 meters, this route promises an indelible journey. Embarking from the medieval and Jewish town of Belmonte, the initial kilometers guide riders through the valley alongside the Zêzere River, originating high in the mountains. Upon arrival in Manteigas, a charming village nestled on the slope of the Zêzere's right bank, the ascent of the Glacier Valley commences. Spanning approximately 13 kilometers, this valley preserves the remnants of the glacial period from thousands of years ago, a remarkable testament to the forces of nature. The valley's distinctive "U" shape derives from the massive ice formations atop the mountain, resulting in a domed structure from which crystalline springs flow into the surrounding valleys. As riders reach the plateau at an altitude of approximately 1,600 meters, only a few steep kilometers remain to conquer the highest points. The immensity of this natural landscape evokes awe, with its rugged granite formations juxtaposed against panoramic vistas of the neighboring mountains and the mesmerizing beauty of the endless azure Atlantic stretching towards the horizon.