Monday, December 1, 2008

Pictures vs postcards VI

If you've already traded with me, you might have a card from Serra da Estrela, highest mountain in mainland and the 2nd highest of the country. These last days it has been snowing a lot and the roads to the highest point of the mountain are closed. I've seen some images of the mountain today on the news and they were so beautiful. I really hope that i can visit it in the next few weeks.

"Serra da Estrela (English: Mountain Range of the Star) is a mountain range at 1,993 m (around 6,541 feet) above mean sea level at its highest point. This point is not a distinctive mountain summit, but rather the highest point in a plateau, being known as Torre ("Tower" in English). The Torre has the unusual feature of being a summit that is accessible by paved road.
There is a ski resort at the summit, named Vodafone Ski Resort.

The mountain range, situated between the municipalities of Seia, Manteigas, Gouveia, Guarda and Covilhã, is about 100 km (62.13 miles) long and is 30 km (18.64 miles) at its widest point. It is formed from a huge granite ridge that once formed the southern frontier of the country. Due to its bizarrely shaped crags and gorges, mountain streams and lakes, beautiful forests and magnificent views, the area ranks among Portugal’s outstanding scenic attractions." - in: wikipedia

This is the Father Alfredo Dam, one of the many dams in Serra da Estrela.

I took this picture almost 2 years ago. I went there with a friend and that day the clouds were just great. But that day we've only seen snow at Torre.

I'm sure that today the scenery is pretty much like the postcard above.

1 comment:

LaY hOoN said...

Seems that the snow melt..coz.of global warming.