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PORTUGAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

From the green rolling hills of Portugal's North to the sunbaked beaches on the Algarve, Portugal is so full of experiences that we don't even know where to begin. Mountaineering, rafting, canyoning, hiking or a sheer endless choice of water activities, Portugal is a place where no one can get bored.

Cycling through the fairytale world of Sintra

Cycling is a great way of exploring the diversified landscape of Portugal. En route sense scents, sounds and beautiful details that might go unnoticed when travelling fast-paced. There are plenty of routes to choose from, whether you are mountain bike enthusiast or prefer a coastal route such as the Sintra Loop. Starting from Lisbon an easy enough ride leads  along the coast all the way to Sintra with a bit of a climb at the end. A speedy downhill section follows back to the coast and on the ocean road to Lisbon. The Sintra Mountain itself offers multiple bike routes on challenging terrain, but surrounded by magical nature.

Riverbed walking at Peneda-Gerês National Park

Discover Peneda-Gerês National Park on a unique tour designed for adventurers and nature lovers. Away from all the hustle and bustle of the touristic areas, Peneda-Gerês offers a true hideaway from civilization. Surrounded only by the sounds of nature explore this fairy-tale like landscape in the north of Portugal by trekking through the bed of a river, bathing in breathtaking waterfalls and tasting local food. See how the locals live in small villages in the area and get to experience this part of Portugal in a unique and unspoiled way.

Hiking through heritage and history along the Costa Vincentina

The Costa Vincentina is the northern part of the Algarve and awaits with a wild and distinct coastline. It is the longest stretch of protected coast in Portugal and therefore ideal for enjoying nature hikes or the numerous wide sandy beaches. There is an abundance of ways to do so, for example on horse back, by bike, walking or on a guided tour learning about plants or the migration of birds. Whether you set out in a group or by yourself, Costa Vincentina as part of  Natural Reserve that continues further north is a fabulous spot for all sorts of activities and interests.

 

Exploring the limestone world on the Algarve by kayak

There is hardly a better of way of exploring a magnificent coastline such as the Algarve with its famous rock formations and long sandy beaches. Gain a completely new perspective when navigating the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in a sea kayak. The town of Lagos in the southern region of Portugal‘s Algarve is the perfect place for starting your tour. Take in the views of the spectacular shoreline, feel the soothing movement of the waves beneath you and savour that indescribable feeling of freedom. Last but not least sea kayaking is a challenging physical activity, but it doesn‘t feel like one with it being such a fun thing to do!

Exploring the rich heritage of Evora by bike

The region around Evora, about 130km east of Lisbon, is a paradise for cyclist, offering an abundance of different routes. Centred around the historic capital of Portugal's south-central Alentejo region with its Roman temple and aqueduct, a fairly moderate terrain rich in vineyards, farmlands and hilltop castles awaits. Besides exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Evora itself, there are plenty of other things to discover in the region, such as the impressive Megalithic Circuit Cromlech of the Almendres. Cycling in Evora is the perfect combination of physical activity and sightseeing.

Surfing the record waves at Nazaré

We invite you to experience the “Big Wave Season“ at Nazaré Beach  North of Lisbon. During the winter season (from October to March) incredible waves caused by autumn winds attract surfers from all over the world looking to prove themselves on their boards and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But even as a spectator watching surf enthusiasts taking on these monstrous waves, it is worth a trip to Praia de Nazaré. Bring your surf board or your camera and bear witness to some of the highest waves ever surfed!

Explore the underwater world in the Ocean Revival Park off the coast of Algarve

The Ocean Revival Park is located off the coast of Algarve, near the town of Portimão. It is famous for being an artificial reef created by intentionally sinking four decommissioned Portuguese Navy ships, with depths ranging from 18 to 30 meters. The sunken ships have attracted a rich variety of marine life, including schools of fish, octopuses, moray eels, and more. The visibility in the clear Atlantic waters is often excellent.

The Ocean Revival Park caters to divers of various skill levels and most importantly, to preserve marine ecosystems. It's not only a fantastic dive site but also an educational opportunity.

 

Celebrate the breathtaking beauty of Arrábida Natural Park

Portugal's Arrábida Natural Park (Parque Natural da Arrábida) is a protected natural area just 40 kilometers South of Lisbon. This park is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, diverse ecosystems, and a combination of mountains, forests, and pristine beaches. There is no better way to explore the park than embarking on some nature adventures. 

Hiking and walking trails crisscross the landscape additionally, you can engage in activities like mountain biking, and rock climbing. Real adventurers can look for some exciting moments going coasteering. The rugged cliffs, clear waters, and unique rock formations provide a stunning backdrop for this adventure.

Besides, the coastline within Arrábida Natural Park boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in Portugal. Praia dos Coelhos, Praia do Creiro, and Praia da Figueirinha are just a few examples of the pristine sandy beaches you can visit. Arrábida Natural Park's proximity to Lisbon, about an hour's drive away, makes it easily accessible for day trips or as a short break.

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Contact us for an individual quote, visit our Portugal adventures for touring inspiration or check out our selection of local experiences or family-friendly adventures on Portugal.

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