4 destinations in Portugal to visit during the winter

The mountains of the Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons
The mountains of the Serra da Estrela / Wikimedia commons
4 December 2019, Redaction

The cold has arrived and our survival instinct tells us to stay indoors, where we feel sheltered and warm. But if you are looking for new adventures, sometimes it is necessary to leave your comfort zone. It’s the only way to discover the surprises that Portugal has in store for you. If you're lost and don't know what to do with your winter weekends, keep on reading and discover 4 destinations in Portugal that you should visit during the winter.

Serra da Estrela

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

When we think of winter, we think of the cold. If you want to see snow, Serra da Estrela comes to mind.

Portugal's most famous mountain range has the highest peak in the country (on a continental level) and the presence of snow is guaranteed. If you you'd like to have a go at the season's typical sports, Serra da Estrela won't disappoint you.

From the various municipalities that belong to Serra da Estrela, we 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 tranquility and isolation of this Natural Park in the best possible way.

There is nothing better than to rest beside the fireplace after a day of walking through enchanting woods, surrounded by waterfalls and unbelievable landscapes. But if you're looking for something radical to do at the end of the day, head to neighbouring Spain and dive in the natural hot water pools of Baños and let your body relax while you enjoy the moonlight accompanied by the stars of the Milky Way.

Penafiel

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

This city in the district of Porto is famous for its prehistoric finds, such as the Polmen da Portela or the Menir de Luzim, but Penafiel is much more than that.

Quinta da Aveleda is one of the great attractions of the city. Its parks and gardens are certainly worth a visit and the wine deserves a mandatory tasting. However, the best of Penafiel can only be enjoyed during the festivals of São Martinho, where the routine life of the city gives way to a party where red wine and chestnuts are king and queen.

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 landscapes of the Douro are world famous and the hills covered with vineyards contrasted by the bluish Douro River can become one of the most inspiring landscapes you will find.

Explore all the villages in the region and enjoy the landscapes that the winding roads will offer you. Don't worry about the cold: a glass of port will warm you up and prepare you for your journey.

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