From the glacial waters (if not freezing) of the Poço do Inferno waterfall to the bucolic orange landscapes of the beeches of São Lourenço, Manteigas is “valley by nature”. The motto fits perfectly with the village, located in the Zêzere Glacier Valley and with an astounding environmental heritage (in fact, this is its greatest wealth). It is the definition of a Mountain Village. Yes, Manteigas is nature – but also monuments, gastronomy, and the customs of its people.
The enchanting power of the landscapes of Manteigas, at the heart of the Serra da Estrela, summons even the legends of enchanted Moors (recurring in the region), such as that of the one they called Alfátima. Cascades and waterfalls such as the Poço do Inferno (10 meters of water in free fall, which freezes in the more severe days of winter) and the Fountain of Paulo Luís Martins (a prolific natural spring, at 1300 meters of altitude) show how the precious liquid marks the life of the land - which also has a thermal tradition. The pastoral scenery of the beeches of São Lourenço (particularly in the autumn, with the fallen leaves creating an orange carpet that contrasts with the surrounding green) and the Covão d'Ametade area (with the Zêzere river, born nearby, running through amid a birch frame) proves that this is a region blessed by mother nature.
In addition, there are monuments - mainly churches and chapels - to unveil; gastronomic specialties - such as caldudo (dried chestnut broth), trout, beans, and mountain cheese - to taste; and traditions - from pastoralism to the wool industry - to get to know. After all, Manteigas is nature, but also so much more.