Places of Interest in Portugal
In the heart of this region is the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in Portugal. The mountain range is about 100 km long and is 30 km at its widest point. It is formed from a granite ridge that once formed the southern frontier of the country.
The area ranks among Portugal’s outstanding scenic attractions which will undergo important improvement work to the tune of €75 million over the next ten years, including the extension of the ski run.
Anglers from all over the world fly in to fish the waters in the Serra da Estrela National Park and the World Fly Fishing Championship 2006 was held on the Rivers Alva, Mondego and Ceiria. . Ocean fishing does not require a permit, but fishing in freshwater streams and rivers does. Regional tourist offices will give you information about permits. The Mondego river which is the biggest river of Portugal, rises in the Serra da Estrela.
There are spa towns such as Curia and Luso. Portugal's most popular brand of bottled mineral water comes from Luso. The spa is claimed to be beneficial to the treatment of a wide range of conditions, from arthritis to liver and kidney problems. Curia also owes it existence to the healing properties of its famous mineral waters. The quality of its water was known as far back as the Roman times.