Baqueira Beret, Spain
Spain might not be the first ski destination that springs to mind, but we’re in love with this laid-back resort set high in the Spanish Pyrénées. A favourite among the Spanish royals, Baqueira Beret is all about cruising quiet slopes, long lunches and enjoying local cuisine.
The 120km ski area reaches an altitude of 2,510m and is beautifully maintained with plenty to keep things interesting for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders, including some amazing freeride areas and off-piste potential. If you’re used to skiing in the busier European resorts, the lack of lift queues may well blow your mind. Or why not travel up the mountain in style with some of Europe’s most reasonably-priced heli-skiing?
Down in the resort, you’ll find modern purpose-built hotels in a traditional style, many with pools, as well as a scattering of cosy tapas bars and restaurants. All-night partying may not be on the menu, but atmospheric evenings enjoying great wine and delicious food certainly is. Head down the valley to the ancient town of Vielha if you want to treat yourself to an evening of sophisticated gastronomy.