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 Serra do Buçaco

Serra do Buçaco is a beautiful mountain with the highest point being approx 1795 feet with outstanding views of the Serra da Estrela mountains, the Mondego valley and the Atlantic Ocean.

Surrounded in this large forest you will find the Royal Palace, built in the 19th century, and that has been converted into a luxury hotel retaining its Neo-Manueline style (built between 1888 and 1905) which a magnet for tourist arriving in this area.

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The Serra do Buçaco includes the buildings of a secularized Carmelite monastery, founded in 1628. The convent woods have long been famous for their cypress, plane, evergreen oak, cork and other forest trees, many of which have stood for centuries and attained an immense size. A bull of Pope Gregory XV (1623), anathematizing trespassers and forbidding women to approach, is inscribed on a tablet at the main entrance; another bull, of Pope Urban VIII (1643), threatens with excommunication any person harming the trees.

On the southern slope of the mountain there is a monument, to commemorate the Battle of Buçaco, in which the French, were defeated by the British and Portuguese, under Lord Wellington, on 27 September 1810.

Buçaco is approx 1,5 miles from Luso where you can find the thermal spas of Luso.