Penhas da Saúde

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Torre, the highest point of Mainland Portugal, view from Penhas da Saúde

Penhas da Saúde (English: Crags of the Health) is a village in the municipality of Covilhã, Portugal. This mountain village sits right in the heart of Serra da Estrela, nestled within the scenic mountain range, at an altitude of 1,500 metres. It is primarily a winter resort.

Winter resort[edit]

The tourism facilities in Penhas da Saúde consists of the Serra da Estrela Hotel, a youth hostel and the Mountain Chalets, 10 minutes away from the Vodafone Ski Resort. Slightly below the village, overlooking Cova da Beira, sits the typical Estalagem Varanda dos Carqueijais.

A blizzard in Penhas da Saúde

The Vodafone Ski Resort is located at Torre (highest point in mainland Portugal), in Seia, right in the centre of the nature reserve, at an altitude of 2,000 metres. Covered in snow from December to April, thanks to an artificial snow-producing process, the ski resort houses the support infrastructures for the practice of winter sports and provides facilities such as mechanical lifts and a pass identification system for the lifts. That ski resort is a destination in Portugal for winter sports and entertainment.

Activities include mushing (dog sledding), sleigh rides and snow motorcycles. A range of equipment, such as alpine skis and snowboards can be rented locally.

Coordinates: 40°18′N 7°33′W / 40.300°N 7.550°W / 40.300; -7.550

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Penhas da Saúde has a cool-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb, according to the Köppen climate classification), with continental (Dsb) influences. There is a short dry season in summer, but this place is quite humid.

Summers are pleasant and winters are chilly to cold, with snowfalls, sometimes with very significant accumulation. The warmest month is August, with an average temperature of 16.5 °C (62 °F). In January, the coldest month, the average temperature is 1.6 °C (35 °F). The average yearly temperature in Penhas da Saúde is 7.8 °C (46 °F) and the average annual precipitation is 1,710 mm (67 in).

Climate data for Penhas da Saúde, Portugal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
5.0
(41)
6.4
(43.5)
8.8
(47.8)
11.5
(52.7)
17.2
(63)
20.8
(69.4)
21.1
(70)
17.3
(63.1)
12.1
(53.8)
7.1
(44.8)
4.8
(40.6)
11.38
(52.47)
Average low °C (°F) −1.1
(30)
−1.0
(30.2)
0.1
(32.2)
1.7
(35.1)
4.1
(39.4)
8.7
(47.7)
11.4
(52.5)
11.9
(53.4)
9.4
(48.9)
5.8
(42.4)
1.5
(34.7)
0.6
(33.1)
4.43
(39.97)
Precipitation mm (inches) 261
(10.28)
237
(9.33)
182
(7.17)
131
(5.16)
116
(4.57)
83
(3.27)
22
(0.87)
18
(0.71)
67
(2.64)
161
(6.34)
234
(9.21)
198
(7.8)
1,710
(67.35)
Source: Climate-data.org[1]

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