4 places to visit in Portugal in winter

The mountains of the Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons
The mountains of the Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons
30 November 2020, Redaction

The cold weather has arrived and it may come as a surprise to some that even Portugal feels the cold in winter. Portugal is full of surprises, with plenty of beautiful Portuguese winter sights to see. If you're lucky, you might even be able to see snow in Portugal, and while a trip might not be an option in 2020 due to the coronavirus health crisis, there's nothing to stop us dreaming of a Portuguese white Christmas and planning a trip to see the glorious winter sights that Portugal has to offer in the futureKeep on reading to discover 4 winter wonderland destinations in Portugal.

Serra da Estrela

The snow covered Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons
The snow covered Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons

When you think of winter, you will probably think of the cold. And if you want to see snow in Portugal, then Serra da Estrela is the place for you.

Portugal's most famous mountain range has the highest peak in the country and the presence of snow in winter is guaranteed. This area is great for winter sport enthusiasts, and if you you'd like to have a go at the season's typical sports, Serra da Estrela won't disappoint you during its snow season.

Among the various municipalities that belong to Serra da Estrela, we especially recommend visiting Manteigas, Covilhã or Seia, where you can establish your base and enjoy a cold holiday.

Peneda-Gerês National Park

The Caldo River, Gerês / Wikimedia commons
The Caldo River, Gerês / Wikimedia commons

The beauty of Gerês is incomparable during all seasons of the year, but in winter you can enjoy the peace, quiet and isolation of this Natural Park in the best possible way.

There is nothing better than being able to rest beside the fireplace after a day of walking through charming woods, surrounded by waterfalls and unbelievable landscapes in the crisp, cold weather. And if you're looking for something daring and even more exciting to do at the end of the day, pop over to neighbouring Spain and take a dip in the natural hot water pools of Baños and let your body relax under the stars.

Penafiel

Quinta da Aveleda / Wikimedia commons
Quinta da Aveleda / Wikimedia commons

This small city in the district of Porto is famous for its prehistoric sites, such as the Polmen da Portela or the Menir de Luzim, but Penafiel is so much more than that and a special destination during the winter months.

Quinta da Aveleda is one of the great attractions of the city. Its parks and gardens are certainly worth a visit and wine lovers must make sure to taste some of the local wines on offer. Red wine is the star of the show, best enjoyed with traditional roasted chestnuts which are often sold on the street in the winter months. 

Peso da Régua

Bridges over the Douro River / Pixabay
Bridges over the Douro River / Pixabay

Peso da Régua, better known as Régua, is situated in the heart of the Alto Douro and is the epicentre of Port wine production.

The landscape of the Douro region is world famous and the hills covered with vineyards contrasted by the bluish Douro River takes on a whole new level of charm in the winter months and is a great destination for a winter holiday in Portugal.

Explore all the villages in the region and enjoy the landscapes that the winding roads have to offer. And don't worry about the cold: a glass of port will soon warm you up.

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