Sports and Outdoor Activities

Written By Maria Martins

The offer of sporting activities is very large and diversified in Portugal. Golf, kayaking, snowboard, diving, rappel, climbing and mountaineering are some of the options you can choose from. However, if you want higher flights, you can also surrender to parasailing and feel completely free.

Portugal has privileged natural conditions for sports practice. Come discover the sportiest side of Portugal.

Winter Sports

Climbing up to 2,000 meters in height, we can touch the sky at the top of Portugal, breathe the fresh air, enjoy the winter sun and contemplate the idyllic scenery of white snow and blue horizon in Serra da Estrela, the only place in Portugal to practice winter sports. Get ready for an exciting descent and enjoy the feeling of sliding down one of the 19 slopes in the ski resort’s snowpark. With several options for all ages, you can also choose to go sledding or use the snow donuts, snowmobiles or a hike with the help of snow sticks and snowshoes.

Water Sports

The extensive west coast of Portugal favors the existence of various sports associated with the sea, so you can find several nautical sports, namely:

  • World Elite Surfing

Heading south and towards the coast of Portugal, sea lovers will have beaches with perfect waves waiting for them. Peniche the “capital of the wave” and the famous Supertubos Beach, which hosts world surfing competitions, such as the “World Surf League”.

Traveling about 50 kilometers along the coast, we reach the “cannon of Nazaré” at Praia do Norte, where you can admire the splendor of nature with giant waves that rise to more than 30 meters, where surfer Garret Macnamara holds a world record for the biggest wave surfed.

  • Dive in Berlengas

The best diving area in Portugal is in the Center of Portugal, in Peniche. The marine ecosystem of the Berlengas Islands is one of the richest in Portuguese waters, and a favorite destination for amateur and professional divers.

The Adventure of getting to know Portugal by cycling

If you prefer to stay on flat land rather than at sea, Portugal also has several options for you. Explore the most fantastic places in Portugal by pedal. Before hitting the road and trails, find out about route programs at the Mountain Bike Centers. In these spaces you can get to know the network of trails, and enjoy specific conditions for mountain biking, such as changing rooms and a bicycle service station.

For less extreme activities, Portugal also has several walking routes, from north to south, that you can enjoy at a leisurely pace.


If it’s on a golf course that you find the pleasure of sport, Portugal is also the ideal destination. Elected by the World Golf Awards as Best Golf Destination in Europe for six consecutive years, between 2014 and 2019, and as Best Golf Destination in the World, between 2014 and 2018, Portugal has a great diversity of courses with characteristics suitable for various levels of difficulty and budget available.

Get your backpack ready and go on an adventure! Portugal is waiting for you!

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