The Serra da Estrela National Park in Portugal is the perfect choice for a family break in Europe. After a long day trekking, biking or kayaking, the ideal refuge will make the difference. Here we suggest charming 4 star hotels, all in Serra da Estrela.
While in Serra da Estrela, discover the natural and cultural history of the region, including the Zêzere valley, the Lagoa Comprida, the glacial valley of Covão do Urso. Explore the many walking trails, head to the lake of Vale do Rossim, and visit the historic villages of granite and schist that have survived 900 years of Portugal’s history.
Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel & Spa
This design hotel in the Serra da Estrela national park is the perfect mountain retreat. The rooms feature huge panoramic windows and a balcony overlooking the mountain and the misty valleys below.
Madre De Água Hotel Rural
On the slopes of Serra da Estrela, this hotel is set on a farm that produces wine, cheese and olive oil, about 5 minutes’ drive from the city of Gouveia. Guests can join the farm’s daily activities, walk in the vineyards or enjoy a picnic.
H2otel Congress & Medical Spa
Tucked away in the Serra da Estrela national park, this hotel offers spa and wellness treatments. Some rooms have balconies, offering panoramic views of the valley. The local restaurant serves healthy cuisine and slow food.
TRYP Covilhã Dona Maria Hotel
On the outskirts of the city of Covilhã, it offers stunning views over the valley of Cova da Beira and the surrounding mountains The hotel has a hot tub, a gym, a sauna and a steam bath. This hotel is part of the hotel chain TRYP Hoteles.
Luna Hotel Serra da Estrela
The Luna Hotel makes a great base for outdoor activities, including skiing during the winter months. The rooms have wooden floors and ceilings and antique furniture. Horse riding and hiking in the Serra da Estrela national park are some of the popular activities, and there are bikes to borrow.