It took an ambitious scientific expedition to Serra da Estrela, in the image of what was then done on the African continent, for Portugal to discover, at the end of the 19th century, the charms of Penhas Douradas. The pioneering exploratory trip led by Hermenegildo Pinto Capelo made it possible to find excellent climatic conditions for the treatment of tuberculosis and opened doors to mountain tourism. Soon, the chalets and spas that still decorate the region appeared. And the excellent conditions remain.
Today, at about 1500 meters of altitude and in the heart of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, we find not just one of the coldest places in the country - with the fame and the benefit of having snow as a frequent visit. Penhas Douradas have become a reference resort in nature, sport, and adventure tourism. And, with a panoramic view over the county seat (Manteigas) and the Zêzere glacier valley, with its large granite formations and wild pine forests for company, there is no doubt that one will leave reinvigorated.