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Serra da Estrela, Mainland Portugal’s Highest Mountain Range

40.3N 7.6W

February 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Portugal - January 8th, 2010

Portugal - January 8th, 2010

Serra da Estrela (meaning Mountain Range of the Star in English) is the highest mountain range in Portugal and includes mainland Portugal’s highest point (the summit of the Pico mountain in the Portuguese Azores islands is higher, however). Parts of the range appear capped with snow towards the center of this image.

The range reaches 1,993 m (6,539 ft) above mean sea level at its highest point. This point is not a distinctive mountain summit, but rather the highest point in a plateau, known as the Torre. The Torre has the unusual feature of being a summit that is accessible by paved road.

The mountain range, situated between the municipalities of Seia, Manteigas, Gouveia, Guarda and Covilhã, is about 100 km (62.14 mi) long and is 30 km (18.64 mi) at its widest point. It is formed from a huge granite ridge that once formed the southern frontier of the country. In addition to its height, the range is known for its bizarrely shaped crags and gorges, mountain streams and lakes, forests and magnificent views.

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