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Welcome to Serra de Estrela

Serra de Estrela

The Serra de Estrela is mainland Portugal's highest mountain range, and - although still relatively unestablished - is fast becoming one of Europe's hottest new resorts for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The mountain range itself 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.

Information & Facts

Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).