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PARQUE NATURAL DA SERRA DA ESTRELA
The Park occupies an area of approximately 1000 km2 and is the largest protected area in the country. It also contains the highest point in mainland Portugal, the Torre (Tower), which stands almost 2000 metres above sea level. Near the summit, lies a group of lakes which are glacial in origin. These 25 lakes have led to the creation of various paths for walkers, which are easier to attempt in summertime. The mountain vegetation can be divided into three sections: above 900 metres holm oak is found, between 900 and 1600 metres Pyrenean oak predominates and above 1600 metres there is juniper and gentian, a plant that is almost extinct.

 Near rural areas it is possible to see buzzards, foxes which hide in the pine-groves and hunt in the open land, and the common toad, hiding in walls and shrub land. In winter the Park is one of the most popular areas for winter sports, although many people go there just to enjoy its tranquillity and wonderful scenery. Further details from the Park Head Office (275 980 060. R 1º de Maio, Manteigas. 9 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm - 5.30 pm., closed at weekends and on public holidays) or Area Offices (in Seia at Praça da República nº 8 and in Gouveia at Casa da Torre no nº 8 Av dos Bombeiros Voluntários, timetable as Head Office). Go to the Covilhã, Manteigas and Seia Tourist Offices when these offices are closed.
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