Serra de Estrela
The Serra de Estrela is mainland Portugal's highest mountain range. Although still relatively unestablished, it is fast becoming one of Europe's hottest new resorts for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
The range is formed from a huge granite ridge that reaches 6,539 feet (1,993m) at its highest point, and its unique topography of strangely-shaped crags and gorges, fast-flowing streams, mountain lakes and pristine forests makes it one of Portugal's greatest natural attractions. The ski resort itself, the Vodafone Ski Resort, is still in its formative days but features five miles (7.4km) of skiable snow, nine runs ranging in difficulty from absolute beginner to intermediate, and a terrain park for snowboarders.
The Serra de Estrela makes for a great winter holiday alternative to the over-crowded beaches of the Algarve region, and with its hiking trails, chic restaurants, high-class health spas and outdoor sports opportunities, it is bound to become Portugal's new tourist hotspot for winter vacationers.