Portugal offers many great surfing beaches, with those at Cascais and Lagos amongst the finest in Europe. With reliable waves and plenty of schools, it’s ideal for both learners and experienced surfers.
Sports and Activities
Get out there amongst the breakers or simply sit and watch some of the world’s best surfers at Praia do Amado, in Alijezur. It’s considered one of the best surfing beaches in Portugal.
The calm warm waters make San Martini do Porto’s sheltered beach a popular place for children to swim and paddle. Pedalos and jet skis can be guaranteed to make a wake.
Close to Cascais, this outdoor centre offers a host of frantic sounding activities including paintballing, laser tag, soccer, bowling and Segway racing. There’s also a mini quad bike track, ideal for younger children.
Let’s start with the kart. Apart from a very serious 760m high-speed karting track, there’s mini karts for 3-6 year-olds, water safari buggies for teens and adults, a mechanical bull and bungee-assisted trampolining.
Endlessly beautiful and sparsely populated, Portugal is a favourite destination with walkers. The 11 National and Natural parks offer trails for all levels of fitness, while the 150 mile or Algarve Way is a step up for even the most serious walkers.
Portugal is a golfer’s paradise, with the Algarve justly famous for its many fine courses. However, you’d love a hole in one wherever, so there’s verdant courses near Lisbon, including Montado, Troia and Aroeira 1 & 2.
This part of the Atlantic is home to many large Dolphin pods, with regular watching trips available from Setubal near Lisbon, as well as a number of resorts along the coast of the Algarve.