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Get to know our excellent, crowdless beach breaks, where you can enjoy great surf sessions, every day, and all year long.
Come and learn golf on the sunny Algarve on some of the world's best golf courses.This is ideal for the established golfer looking to understand their game better and improve their weaknesses as you learn from PGA Professional Peter Lester.
This is an incredible five day cliff walking, through single tracks along the coast line which can only be travelled by foot! A challenge and a permanent contact with the ocean winds, the harsh coastal scenery and the wild and powerful natural landscape.
“Portugal is often overlooked next to its larger neighbor, Spain, the country has grown to show that it has much to offer. The bustling and vibrant cities strewn throughout the country have great historical monuments and many entertainment opportunities. In fact, Portugal displays many of the World Heritage sites, which are named the most fascinating wonders of nature and culture. Not to mention, Portugal has some of the most breathtaking countryside in all of Europe, including unspoiled beaches and mountainous views. The warm climate and ideal location offer great opportunities for hiking, surfing, fishing, kayaking and golfing, making it a diverse and ideal travel destination. Perhaps the most interesting part of Portugal is the lovely culture that hypnotizes travelers with its delightful beauty and inviting character.”
History & Culture - Explore the rich Portuguese culture, filled with stories of history and celebration. The people of Portugal are very religious, which today is still showcased by the wonderful churches, monasteries and manors that hold great cultural integrity as well as cultural-specific examples of medieval architecture. In modern Portugal, these antiquated customs of religion and camaraderie have translated into wonderful festivals and have inspired an incredible music scene. These festivals and musicians are integral in the Portuguese culture and are one of the best things to experience in the country.
Water Sports - Portugal’s ideal coastal location and warm climate make it the perfect place to have fun with water sports. The deep, clear waters are perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving, where many tropical fish and other marine life can be found. Surfing is also very popular in Portugal thanks to the light breezy weather and calm waters. Kite surfing, windsurfing, and regular surfing are all popular water activities that visitors and locals alike often participate in.
Horseback Riding - The beautiful countryside and roaming hills make for a great place for horseback riding. There are numerous riding trails throughout the small country that surprisingly have a lot of diversity to offer riders. In addition, there are many locations in Portugal that offer guided tours on horseback for those visitors who want a more structured riding experience.
Mountain Climbing - The natural mountain terrain of Portugal is a mountain climber’s dream. There are many areas that range in all skill levels, making mountain climbing in Portugal possible for beginners or experts.
Madeira – Visit the island of Madeira with its historical monuments, culture and history in the capital city Funchal and the cities of Santa Cruz, Machico and Santana. Discover gardens, picturesque villages, amazing landscapes, volcanic caves, rugged coastlines, beautiful natural beaches and stunning views.
Portugal has a pleasant year-round climate with May to October seeing the warmest weather and rain is at its lowest. Overall, the country doesn’t have much rain throughout the year, although winters can get cool.
History and Culture - There are many wonderful cities throughout Portugal, and a lot of different types of culture will be seen. In these cities, museums, ancient buildings and interesting neighborhoods can be explored. There is also a wonderful music scene in many Portuguese cities, adding a little extra sparkle to this warm and hospitable country.
Lisbon, Portugal’s beautiful capital city, is a great place to start a cultural exploration. This city is one of the fastest growing destinations in Europe, with beautiful waterside scenery to offer. There are quaint neighborhoods flecked throughout the city that are filled with eclectic shops, vibrant nightclubs, plenty of restaurants and you can find traditional fado music being played live. There is also a huge oceanarium, the largest in Europe, located in Lisbon. Another interesting area in Lisbon is Alfama. Here, the Portuguese landscape was carved to allow for steep stairs, winding down hills filled with hidden churches and interesting taverns. There is even an old tram that still runs, offering a truly historic experience for travelers to enjoy.
Architecture - Another great cultural center is in Braga, which is known for its wide array of baroque churches. These festivals include the most well known Holy Week in all of Portugal. Braga has many ancient Roman ruins that offer a great exploration project for travelers. In fact, one of the most interesting ways to stay in Portugal is in one of the many ancient monasteries that have been converted into upscale hotels.
The historic area of Porto is another colonial gem in Portugal. Here, there are great examples of Roman and gothic architecture in the region’s cathedrals. The Stock Exchange Palace is another great place to check out with its neo classical styled décor. Other great areas to check out are Évora, which offers great museums that showcase the style of the 15th century; and The Mosteiro de Santa Maria is another great gothic church that showcases the lovely architecture that Portugal is famous for. Finally, the Knights Templar castle in Tomar is the perfect place for church and architecture admirers.
Fado - A popular attraction that really showcases the culture of Portugal is the popular fado music, which originated here. It is similar to the Blues and is known for its melancholy feel. The best places to check out this culturally enlightening live music are at one of the nightclubs and bars in Coimbra or Lisbon.
Portuguese Festivals – Portuguese people celebrate an endless array of festivals; there are many festivals held throughout the year all over the country, each of which celebrates a different part of their culture. These festivals almost always consist of eating, drinking and dancing, with grand feasts always presented. The most popular of these festivals are the Festival of St. Anthony in Lisbon and the Festival of St. John in Braga.
Water Sports - Portugal has numerous beaches spread across the country, which offer beautiful places to relax and have fun. The most popular water sports available in Portugal include all types of surfing and diving, swimming and paragliding. One of the best places to participate in water sports is in Algarve, on the southern coastline of Portugal. There are great beaches here that allow for most all water sports, or just a great place to relax. Kitesurfing and scuba diving are the most popular attractions in Algarve.
Horse Riding and Mountain Climbing - The beautiful countryside in Portugal makes for the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities, especially horseback riding and mountain climbing. The overall warm climate is normally very sunny, which makes it the perfect weather for these activities. In addition, beautiful bodies of water surround many of the mountains and cliffs in the country, allowing ample space to climb, trek, and swim in similar locales.
The best place for horseback riding is in one of the riding centers in the country. There are several dozen of these centers spread throughout the country, making it easy to find a great riding place. In fact, there are many of these centers that are located near beaches that allow riders to go along the coastline. Another great place to try out is Estremadura, which is a good place to try when seeking a more experienced lesson for riding. And the best part is that most horses found in Portugal are Lusitano thoroughbreds, which are deemed some of the best riding horses in the world.
Of course, the mountains in Portugal are also one of the most breathtaking things about the country. There are numerous mountain ranges spread throughout the countryside that bring great opportunities for outdoor activities. One of the best places to try mountain climbing is at Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park. This park boasts around 170,000 acres of mountains to explore, which is one of the most popular destinations for adventure seekers. In addition, the quaint stone villages surrounding these mountains offer a great place to relax after a day on the mountain.
Madeira – Visit the island of Madeira which is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream and benefits from warm summers and mild winters. Madeira has historical monuments, squares and streets in the capital Funchal. There are enchanting gardens, picturesque villages, amazing landscapes, impressive volcanic caves, rugged coastlines, beautiful natural beaches and stunning views. Uncover the island’s culture and history in the cities of Funchal, Santa Cruz, Machico, Santana, Camara de Lobos, Porto Santo, Vila Baleira and Ribeira Brava town.
Whilst there be sure to visit the Levadas aqueducts built in the 1900s, Cabo Girão, which is one of the world's highest ocean cliffs and stands at 590 meters (1,935 feet) above sea level and the Jardim Botânico Funchal Botanical gardens. See also the São Vicente Caves and lava tubes, the Jardim do Monte Palace and gardens and the Jardim Orquídea Orchid garden. Learn the island’s history at the Madeira Story Centre and see the world record-breaking fireworks on New Year's Eve.
Get a spectacular miradouro (viewpoint) from many locations throughout the island including Pico dos Barcelos, Pico do Arieiro, Pico de Facho, Curral das Freiras and Monte.
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