Photographer's Note

Situated in the largest mountain range in the country, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park is the source of the rivers Mondego, Zêzere and Alva. More than half of its area is located above an altitude of 700m and it is here, at 1993m, that you will find the highest peak in continental Portugal.
During the Quaternary period, all the region was subjected to the action of ice and once this disappeared visible marks were left on the landscape. Valleys in the shape of horseshoes, ravines, polished rocks and lakes of glacial origin are just some of the formations that demonstrate the importance of the ice and snow in modelling the mountains. The central plateau, dominated by the Torre and Cântaros, location of the glacial valley of the Zêzere, contrasts with another mountain, the Videmonte plateau, which is still in the initial bed of the Mondego, dotted with isolated farms among fields of rye and pastures where cattle are bred.
Covão da Ametade, near the place where Zêzere river rises.

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Additional Photos by Pedro Gilberto (pgilberto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 54 N: 112] (1136)
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