Torre da Estrela – Loriga, Portugal - Atlas Obscura

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Torre da Estrela

Loriga, Portugal

This tower once served as a radar station during the Cold War.  


This tower was constructed in the Serra da Estrela mountain range. It is the highest point on the Portuguese mainland. What makes this site unusual is that it is a peak visitors can drive up since the site sits on a plateau. The drive through the mountain range alone is worth the trek.

It is also visible from afar because of the two blue-domed towers that were once used by NATO as a radar station during the Cold War. The two huge towers and support buildings have been listed as historic monuments.

There’s a huge parking lot and walking area that contains amazing views. There is also a place to get some drinks, food, local products, clothes, and souvenirs.

Know Before You Go

It can get windy, foggy, and cold so make sure you are dressed for the weather.

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June 14, 2022

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