Mediterranean countries on top of their innumerous offers for a wonderful summer holiday, also provide unique opportunities for skiing. One can find in Spain, Italy and France some of the best facilities in the world, with unparalleled style and fashion.
SAKLIKENT – ANTALYA
Antalya (Turkey) is known for its mild winters, where sun-bathing is possible throughout the year. At a distance of only 55 km (32 miles) from Antalya and at a height of 3000 metres on the Sakli summer pastures is Saklikent, where winter sports are possible during the winter months.
The special attraction of this centre is that in March and April one can ski in the mornings then drive down to the coast and swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Accommodation is available in the resort hotel and there are two ski-lifts restaurants and shops.
BAQUERIA BERET – SPAIN
Baqueria-Beret: The biggest, most popular and also most exclusive ski resort in Spain, Baqueria-Beret is in the Catalan Pyrenees roughly 200km from Barcelona (known as the Vall d’Aran). It’s a popular weekend destination for Spaniards.
La Molina: La Molina, like Baqueria-Beret, is in the Catalan Pyrenees about 160km from Barcelona. It is the oldest ski resort in Spain (1909). Today, this modern ski resort offers 50km of marked runs, including 3 greens, 12 blues, 15 reds, and 6 blacks.
Masella: Right next door to La Molina there is Masella, another popular ski center a day trip from Barcelona. More advanced skiers prefer Masella for some challenging runs
Sierra Nevada:Sierra Nevada isn’t in the Pyrenees. This is a ski resort in southern Spain. It is the southern-most ski resort in all of Europe.
In case you are in Costa del Sol on a beach vacation and feel like skiing all of a sudden you can ski at Sierra Nevada in the morning and enjoy the Mediterranean beaches in the evening
LIMONE – ITALY
Limone is one of Italy’s oldest Alpine ski areas, having welcomed skiers from the earliest days of the sport. It is a very picturesque old village centred around its twelfth-century church and other old buildings.
Located a few kilometres from the French border it is equidistant from Nice and Turin. Only an hour’s drive from the sea, the whole area has a very Mediterranean/’Real Italy’ feel, with narrow cobbled streets, usually lively nightlife and gourmet food available.
PYRENEES – FRANCE
The biggest ski resort in the French Pyrenees is in the Hautes Pyrénées, midway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Tourmalet (Barèges La Mongie), lies south of Lourdes and Tarbes; it is the second oldest ski resort in France, after Chamonix. Not far from Tourmalet is Cauterets, a traditional Pyrenean town that has developed as a ski resort.
In the eastern Pyrenees, the largest center is Font-Romeu / Pyrenees 2000, a large area with 58 km of slopes of all levels for a single ski-pass. Close by is Les Angles, with 26 ski lifts and 32 pistes