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Snow in Portugal

Serra da Estrela, Unhais da Serra, Portugal.
Serra da Estrela, Unhais da Serra, Portugal

Portugal has been suffering/enjoying from some of the worst snowfalls to hit the country in recent memory.

The resort town of Figueira da Foz saw its first snow in more than 50 years. As temperatures plunged across the Iberian peninsula, Lisbon recorded its first snow flurries since 1954.

Snow blocked some of the nation's highways including the Santarem-Coimbra road.

Lagoa Comprida, Portugal.
Lagoa Comprida

Portugal's Only Ski Resort

Portugal's only ski and snow resort is in the Serra da Estrela, mainland Portugal's highest mountains. The area is a National Park with beautiful hiking trails in the summer and some piste at Covilha in the winter.

There are trains to Covilha from Lisbon taking between 3 hours 20 minutes and 4 hours 30 minutes, depending on the train. There are also bus connections to the capital.

It is also possible to see snow in Portugal in the following places, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Montesinho Natural Park, Serra do Marão, Serra do Açor, and Serra de São Mamede near Marvão.

Stay Near Snow

Covilha has a number of centrally located places to stay including the 3-star Hotel Solneve, the Residencial Panorama, the Hotel Dos Carqueijais and the 4-star Hotel Turismo da Covilha Congress & Spa.

See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation in Covilha.

Snow in Portugal.

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