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Active and adventurous Portugal – leisure activities & extreme sports, find and book!


Portugal is great country, warm climates, wild seas, ever changing landscapes, beaches, ocean, lakes, rivers, mountain ridges, caves and plunging valleys, fantastic coastline and uncountable beaches, extreme sports are becoming an ever more popular reason to travel to Portugal for an extreme adrenaline break!
Companies that provide the possibilities for taking part in this trend are sprouting up all over the place others have been around for years and are now booming with people from all over the world wanting to take part in their offer.

This article tries to point out what is possible, what is exciting and how to keep it safe if your looking for this type of holiday whether your an extreme beginner or a long time adrenaline junkie There is plenty of reason to get your ass to Portugal!
We also can advice the best companies to try these activities with and give you the opportunity to book straight on our site, are you looking for something that is not mentioned here, contact us, we love to help!

Let´s look at the activities available and number one, for fame and recognition. has to be surfing!

Surf Lisbon Costa da Caparica

Surfing in Portugal
Portugal is famous for it´s surfer waves and people come to Portugal to surf all year round. Portugal has a large coastline and the best waves in Europe for surfing.
the climate is mild and the wave swells vary largely from place to place and depending on the time of year making it an ideal place for beginners right up to very advanced surfers.
Nazare is one of the famous spots thanks to mc Namara´s record breaking monster wave rides but Nazara´s waves are generally not suited to the beginning surfer.
Other great surfing spots are Guincho, Cascais, Costa da Caparica, Ericeira, Matosinhos, Porto and various spots in the Algarve.
See: Surf on Go discover

Scuba diving Peniche
Scubadiving in Portugal
The Portuguese coastline in one of the longest in Europe with its wild western Atlantic shores to the more quiet and warm Algarvian waters, Portugal has many diving opportunities from certified courses to recreational diving. Its abundance of sea life and aquatic parks make Portugal a much loved destination for scuba divers.
Schools offering courses, introductions and recreational diving: Some nice scubadiving schools

Flyboard Algarve Albufeira
relatively new this sport is fast becoming one of the favourite activities to practise on the Portuguese shores and inner lakes by adrenaline junkies from all over the world. its a high energy sport with a low learning curve accessible to anyone above the age of 16 who wants to experience the feeling of flying like a bird and diving like a dolphin. In one session most people have mastered the art of flyboard. For groups we can organize flyboard anywhere in Portugal with water deep enough.
See locations: Flyboard on Go discover

White water rafting North Portugal

white water rafting
This energetic and exciting sport is only practised in one place in Portugal as there is only one river that provides the perfect conditions. It is located in the North of Portugal, 50 km from Porto city. The river Paiva is a fast moving rain formed river in a mountainous landscape and this sport is best practised outside of the summer months when the river is full.
book: White water rafting, river Paiva

This relatively new sport is becoming a trend amongst adventurers travelling to Portugal. It consists of climbing, sliding, jumping into the water and swimming. In Portugal it can now be done either close to Lisbon or in the Algarve where the coast is best suited to this sport! find it in the Climbing / Canyoning section of our site >>
Coastering Arrabida

Paragliding Portugal

Paragliding Portugal Paragliding in Portugal is becoming more and more popular and there are more companies offering paragliding experiences, equipment and introduction tandem paragliding jumps all over the country. Official paragliders are connected to the FPVL federation and subject to both national and international laws. If you are in doubt you can contact these people.
Tandem Paragliding can be an amazing first time experience for those that like to take to the air and experience it much like a bird without the sound of engines or the confinement of a airborn vehicle open and subjected to elements and the amazing views and many will find themselves repeating the activity over and over. There are many places giving the possibility of courses that offer the official international certification giving the license to fly alone.
paragliding on Go Discover: tandem paragliding

Kitesurfing Guincho, Cascais, Lisbon

KitesurfAnother great activity that is fast becoming a more and more popular reason for travelling to Portugal is the enervating and exciting practise of Kite surfing. Kite surfing is based on 4 different sports – surfing, wakeboarding, paragliding and windsurf and can be practised in various styles. Kitesurfing is based on riding the waves while being guided by a kite and it falls under extreme sport. It can be practised by most but should not be attempted without the help of professionals who can provide the right guidance, theory lessons and certification.
Find Kite surfing opportunities in Portugal in our surf section >>

SUP Cascais
Paddlesurf Paddle surf or paddle boarding is based on the Hawaian tradition which provided transport between the islands. People would replace themselves using boards and paddles on which they would either sit or stand while using the paddle to move.
Paddle surfing is currently being offered at various spots in Portugal and is a nice slow moving way of discovering various coastlines either in a group or with individual guides. It´s a sport that can be practiced when the sea is to smooth for surfing but also has a variety for the more experienced paddle surfer on the waves.
Find paddlesurf SUP in our surf section >>

canyoning Porto Portugal

Canyoning Canyoning or, as it known in the USA, canyoneering is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques and it may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming. It can be done in various places in Portugal mostly in the North close to Porto. It is a great activity for the adventurous and can be done by all ages in the company of a proper professional

Canyoning and climbing: canyoning and climbing on Go Discover

Ballooning in Portugal
We offer ballooning all over Portugal for individuals and groups. Ballooning is a popular reason to travel to Portugal as the sky and climate lend itself so perfectly to this sport also you will find the views breathtaking!

See all our ballooning offer: balloon flights

Tandem Jump Espinho Porto

Parachuting Parachuting can be learned at various places in Portugal that are fully licensed and can provide you with the right certification to parachute anywhere in the world. For the beginners we have various companies on our site that offer tandem jumps either for individuals or groups at various heights.
See where: parachuting, skydive, sky fall

Warner Bros The Bachelor At Speed jet Porto

Extreme jet boatIn Porto you can really get the fastest water experience that you´ve ever experienced on an extreme jet boat ride. This most be the most exciting way to discover the water and shores of the Douro river right in the hearth of Porto.

Ski Portugal

Skiing and snowboarding on the Serra da Estrela Skiing and snowboarding is possibly one of Portugal´s best kept secrets. Yet every year the Portuguese travel on mass to the Serra Estrela to enjoy the snow in a relatively small ski resort in one of the most beautifull mountain regions in the world. One of the nice things about skiing in Portugal is that winter and ´summer´ are only a few hours apart so why not get it both in the one holiday!

Clube Nautico Castelo do Bode

Wakeboarding, jet ski and still water activities On almost every lake in Portugal you will find nautical centres offering a range of extreme water activities and equipment hire. from wakeboarding to canoing and kayaking, scuba diving in some of the deeper legs like the Castelo do Bode. where you can dive to rediscover the old villages under water that had to make way for the damming.

Water: see all water activities on Go Discover Portugal

Horse riding Algarve

Horse ridingHorse riding is a great activity that can be done freely in nature all over Portugal. Portugal is famous for it´s Lusitano horses, a breed of horses that is used mostly for dressage and free riding. The horses are gracious and beautiful and a pleasure to ride.
Portugal also has one of the most renowned horse fairs worldwide The Golega horse fair, which is organized once a year in the central town of Golega, the horse riding capital of Portugal.
We are offering various possibilities to ride free or learn to ride either with or without accommodation throughout Portugal. Check our search engine to find the best!
paragliding on Go Discover: horse riding in Portugal

Deep sea fishing, dolphin watching and boat tours
Deep sea fishing Azores
With its long coastline and many inland waters, Portugal lends itself perfectly to fishing and boat tours and is a preferred destination for deep sea fishing.
Check out all our tours or request a custom tour! >>

Hiking, walking and trekking
The climate, landscapes and views make Portugal a much loved destination for hikers. Nature is overwhelming in this lovely country and many places have natural hiking paths used for centuries by sheep and goat herders or cross country tracks that will take you places you otherwise would never see. For hike suggestions and guided tours check out the hiking section of the site >>

For any activity you can use the search engine at the top of our site, enter your keywords and hit go!
Cant find it ask us!

We provide activities all over Portugal for groups, team building, events and individuals, use the form to reserve or ask questions or call us 00351 918354714

Do you want to make a reservation, have a question, are you planning an event, vacation or business trip to Portugal or would you like us to custom search accommodation, leisure activities, transfers or restaurants for you? Please send us your details and we will contact you

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