Serra da Estrela, the highest mountains in Portugal, located in the center of the country. They extend southwest from Guarda for about 40 miles (65 km) between the basins of the Tagus (Tejo) and Mondego rivers. The range is about 10 to 15 miles (15-25 km) wide. It is a series of high plateaus cut by deep valleys on the fringes. The highest point is at Malhâo da Estrela (6,532 feet; 1,991 meters).
Heavy rainfall helps make the area one of Portugal’s chief grazing districts. At the higher elevations snow is common throughout the year, and the mountains are popular for winter sports.
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