Casas da Lapa
Who would have thought that it can snow in Portugal?
In fact, the country even has a sky resort, an albeit modest one, located in the country’s highest mountain – Serra da Estrela, or star mountain to give it its English name equivalent. The area is as far away from the sunny south as one can get, but what it lacks in sandy beaches and sun, it makes up with stunning landscapes, raw nature and an authenticity untouched by mass tourism.
Now, the Casas da Lapa is located bang in the middle of this area, on the north-eastern slope of Serra da Estrela, inside the protected Natural Park and, given its positioning, wants for nothing in terms of nature and unique scenery.
But it is also a refined accommodation in itself and charms guests with its ambience, thick stone walls, art and a cosy fireplace that’s perfect for a drink just before bedtime.
Indeed, the 19th century house was rebuilt with much care and affection using local material such as granite and wood using time honoured building craft techniques, but it still includes all those little mod cons that even the most adventurous traveller likes a little treat, ergo air-conditioning, central heating, WI-FI, Tivoli audio with mp3 and i-phone connection and even hydro-massage.
The latter is actually rather important in our opinion, for after perhaps a few treks or bike rides on the mountain range, one can do with a little luxury like that, as it were to sooth those aching muscles.
It all makes for a great combination of tradition and modernity with the majestic “Star” Mountain as a backdrop. So, to sum up, if you’re looking to discover the rugged beauty of Portugal's highest peak, a place where nature is still master but also an authentic place to use as base, then Casas da Lapa is a great pick.
- Family Friendly Hotels
- Village Feel
- Animals not accepted
- Audio-visual services
- Central heating
- Fitness center
- Internet WiFi
- Swimming pool
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer
- Internet WiFi
- Kitchen fully equipped
- Non smoking rooms