In the comfort of electric bicycles, which helps us to climb the most difficult mountains, we’ll explore all the beauty around Zêzere Glaciar Valley and discover some of Serra da Estrela Natural Park secrets.
Our tour starts at the wonderful Covão D’Ametade, located at monumental Cântaro Magro foot, where Zêzere River source is located. When leaving this magical place, we’ll pass by pedra que vai cair - stone that will fall, but until today it has not yet fallen, and we’ll make a small climb to Piornos.
Before arriving at the Piornos, to see the Nave de Santo António and the Poio do Judeu (the biggest stone in Portugal), we’ll make a short stop at the Fonte da Jonja Miradouro to see the impressive Zêzere Valley extension.
On a dirt track, almost flat, we’ll cycle at the top of Serra Alta - High Mountain, we'll pass near Poios Brancos, at Lagoa Seca - Dry Lagoon, at Chão das Almas - Soul Floor and observe unique landscapes with devastating immensity.
After crossing the top of this mountain, almost always at 1,500 meters above sea level, it’s time to start a great downhill. The undergrowth, will give way to a great vegetation, composed of huge pines, oaks and chestnut trees. Suddenly we'll be cycling, like “Alice in Wonderland”, in the middle of a wonderful forest.
Inside, while listening to the singing of countless birds, we’ll discover one more of Serra da Estrela great attractions - Poço do Inferno - Hell Well. It’s a 10 meters waterfall and has a small “pool” at the base, under which people who are less cold can enjoy the first dive of the day.
Continuing our bike tour in the middle of the forest, always in a downward direction, now on the Estrada de Leandres - Leadres Road, we’ll reach the traditional village of Manteigas, which we will cross before reaching the Zêzere Glacier Valley.
This is another place that has stunning beauty, where the force of nature is always present. We’ll understand a little, by the countless traces, the dimension, the strength and the power of a glacier. We’ll see some of the effects caused by the thawing that happened about 20,000 years ago. We’ll also see how humans, especially the shepherds, respecting nature, are integrated in this area.
We’ll enjoy the Zêzere River, its shadows, secrets and crystal-clear waters. We ‘ll breathe fresh air and in a relaxed way, with the help of electric bicycles, we’ll climb up to the starting point.