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Merry Christmas From Portugal Sport and Adventure!
December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas from Portugal Sport and Adventure!

Welcome to the launch of Portugal Sport and Adventure's newsletter. This issue is a little taster of what you can expect. If you like it please feel free to pass it on to your friends.

After a fun and hectic summer, autumn is on its way to Portugal so it’s time to get out of the pool and into some adventure! The sunny, mild, autumnal days are ideal for getting out and about in the countryside or coast. So grab your trainers and your friends and have a go at some of our fantastic new activities:

Lisbon & Central Portugal

Take to the seas in a kayak to explore the dramatic coastline of the Arrabida Natural Park with its towering cliffs, secluded beaches, spectacular rock formations and hidden coves.

Discover the beauty and romance of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park with an exhilarating mountain bike ride through dense woodland, swooping past towering, granite boulders and ancient sites to the rugged coast below.


Take the plunge and discover the underwater treasures of the Algarve from fascinating marine life to intriguing shipwrecks at a PADI registered diving centre in Vilamoura, Albufeira or Carvoeiro

Holistic horse-riding- anyone can learn to connect and communicate with horses even if you've never ridden before. Find out more about an amazing new riding school in the Western Algarve...

Northern Portugal

The North of Portugal is particularly popular for rafting as it has spectacular mountainous scenery and clean, fast flowing rivers and autumn is a great time for a wet and wild rafting adventure.

As the summer visitors head home, the surfers reclaim the waves. Now’s the time for beginners to ride your first wave or if you’re already a surfer dust off your board and head out to sea.


Got a sense of adventure? Leap, swim and abseil your way down Madeira’s rivers on a canyoning trip! Known as one of the best canyoning spots in the world it must also be amongst the most beautiful.

No trip to Madeira is complete without a hike along the famous levadas. The walks take you through the UNESCO protected Laurissilva forests with their cascading waterfalls and exuberant wild flowers, past the mountains and green valleys to the dramatic coastline- an unforgettable way to explore this subtropical paradise.


Do battle with the fish of the Azores! The Azores are one of the world's top fishing destinations with both coastal and big game fishing offering a fun and rewarding day out

See more of the Azores on a jeep tour to the islands’ most renowned beauty spots and its best kept secrets alike. Knowledgeable, local guides are happy to answer all your questions and to show you the land they love.

Portugal Sport and Adventure News

This month in Portugal…

Controversy rages over the sacking of Portugal’s national football coach Carlos Queiroz

The nation is split over the future of bull fighting in Portugal with passionate campaigns for and against the fights.

Autumn is the peak time for observing the flocks of migrating birds and the Algarve’s west coast is on the flight path for thousands upon thousands of interesting birds so nature lovers should head to the first Sagres Birdwatching Festival from 1st-3rd October.

Portugal and Spain are promoting their joint bid to host the football world cup in 2018 or 2022.

The Comboios de Portugal train company has announced that as well as bikes surfers are now welcome to bring their boards on board! So if you’re planning a journey round Portugal the train is a convenient, cheap and eco-friendly way to travel.

Looking for an unusual present? How about a Portugal Sport and Adventure gift voucher? Starting at only €10 they are redeemable against any activity on our site.


Whether you’re up for a challenge or would rather watch other people get hot and sweaty don’t miss these upcoming sporting highlights:

26th September: Lisbon Half Marathon- athletes and amateurs pound the streets along one of Europe’s most picturesque and popular half marathon routes

10th October: walk or run the Mamamaratona a 8km or 5km Race for Life to raise money for cancer research, starts 10am at Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão

14th-17th October: Portugal Masters Golf Tournament, Vilamoura, Algarve

19th-24th October: Quicksilver Pro Portugal Surfing watch international surfers battle it out at this ASP's Men's Star Event, Ericeira

31st October: Portuguese MotoGP Estoril near Lisbon- one for the petrolheads amongst you!

More Events in Portugal

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