I like snow. Actually, I lie. I like the first snow of the year. I don’t really like it after that.
I was born in Romania, where the 4 seasons are actually quite clearly separated. This means that every year of my life it snowed during the winter (usually a lot).
Since moving to Portugal I didn’t really see too much snow. Especially with COVID, I couldn’t really travel during the winter of 2020. And to make it even more snowless, in 2019 we went to the French Pyrenees during Christmas. Because, apparently, it snows a lot there. Well, we had 15-16 degrees and lots of sun.
This means I didn’t see snow since early 2019. And yesterday, in May, I found out that somewhere in Portugal there was snow!!
Serra da Estrela is the highest point of continental Portugal, at about 1,990 meters. And that means you can get snow in April sometimes, but rarely in May. I wanted to go there in April, but a combination of good weather and lockdown meant I accepted I wouldn’t see snow this winter as well.
Not anymore! I just saw snow. Not a lot, because it already started to melt, but snow nevertheless! And 3.5 degrees Celsius when at home there were 20 degrees. What can I say? I’m happy!
And here’s a pile of rocks that probably has multiple authors. I don’t know what’s it about, but it looked nice, so I took a photo of it.
By the way, driving to the top of Serra da Estrela is quite easy, if the road is not snowed in. The road is new and really good and the scenery is spectacular. There are also ski facilities at the top and they have a webcam where you can see if there’s snow or not.