Central Portugal stretches from the capital Lisbon in the South to the university town of Coimbra in the North and includes the regions traditionally known as Estremadura, Ribatejo, Beira Litoral, Beira Baixa and the Alto Alentejo.
Lisbon itself is a captivating city with narrow winding streets, beautiful architecture and views, lots to see and do, good shopping and restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. As you drive further along the 'marginal' road from Lisbon to Guincho you'll come across lovely beaches which are extremely popular for watersports and host international sailing, windsurfing and bodyboarding competitions.
The enticingly named silver coast (costa de prata) above Lisbon is increasingly popular with visitors and home buyers. The sea side towns of Ericeira, Peniche, Nazaré and Figueira da Foz are renowned for top quality surfing, body boarding, diving and other water-sports and excellent fish restaurants.
In recent years a selection of luxurious and championship golf courses have been created in central Portugal to take advantage of some spectacular views and the area was named European golf destination of the year 2007.
Walkers, staying in the Lisbon area, should be sure to visit the romantic woodland town of Sintra. Lord Byron once wrote that it was a 'glorious Eden'. Further inland you can unwind in tranquil countryside from the distinctive mountains of Serra da Estrela to the gently rolling hills of the Alto Alentejo. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and nature lovers its an opportunity to sample the traditional way of life in medieval towns and spot rare or beautiful wild life in the natural parks.
Hire a Campervan Looking to explore Portugal? Our cool, modern and nippy campervans are a great option for independent, adventurous and budget travellers!
Cycling Tours of Lisbon Join us on a guided cycling tour of Lisbon's historical city centre and waterfront - an easy ride downhill and along the flat and a great way to visit many of Lisbon's most famous monuments and get a feel for the city. Or if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city explore the lush and picturesque woodland of Monsanto by mountain bike.
Lisbon Go Car and Beetle Tours Forget tour buses this is the coolest way to effortlessly explore the city! Cruise around town in a GoCar or a 70s convertible VW Beetle! The GoCars are self guided with GPS and the Beetles are available for both self guided and guided tours of Lisbon, Sintra and Arrábida.
See also the bike tours in Lisbon listed above.
Cycling Tours of Sintra Sintra bike tours - join us on a guided cycling tour and discover the romantic woodland scenery and fascinating history of Sintra a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestling in a protected Natural Park
Diving in Lisbon and Cascais Our PADI registered Cascais diving centre offers you the chance to explore the Lisbon and Cascais coast, meet the fascinating local marine life, investigate intriguing wrecks and take PADI diving courses at all levels. Diving all year round
Sea Fishing in Lisbon and Cascais We now offer an exciting fishing trip that is suitable for both beginners and those who fish regularly. The Lisbon and Cascais coast is a fantastic place to fish with catches ranging from octopus to eel, sea bream to shark and our experienced local guides will ensure you have a rewarding and fun day out.
Hot Air Balloon Rides Join us for a trip you'll never forget. Take to the skies and soar over the green and tranquil countryside, historic villages and bustling towns... A romantic, exhilarating, extraordinary experience! All ages are welcome and VIP flights are available.
Horse-Riding Holidays in the Heart of Portugal. Join us for a fabulous riding holiday at our beautiful farm in the undiscovered green heart of Central Portugal. Stunning scenery, lovely horses, great home cooked food. All riding standards catered for including families.
Lusitano horses riding centre and horses for sale. Portugal's lusitano horses are famous for their beauty and ability. At our equestrian centre and manor house you can ride and learn more about these stunning horses and relax in truly tranquil countryside. Experienced riders, beginners, children and non-riders are all welcome. We sometimes also have a selection of Lusitano horses for sale
Kayak Tour of Arrabida A kayak tour is a fun and memorable way to explore the dramatic coastline of the Arrabida Natural Park with its towering cliffs, secluded beaches, spectacular rock formations and hidden coves. Transport from Lisbon can be provided.
Sailing and Boat Trips
Come sailing in Lisbon Our sailing school offers everyone the opportunity to experience life on the ocean wave. We organize sailing baptisms, cruises from a romantic afternoon's sailing to one and two day cruises, courses for beginners and experienced sailors and team building activities for companies.
Dolphin Watching in Setubal Our cruises offer you the chance to discover an area of spectacular natural beauty and see mainland Portugal's only resident dolphin population playing, hunting and socialising in their natural habitat!
Cruises in Lisbon Coming in a large party? We have a fantastic restored historical sailing ship available for charter for day, half day, sunset and night cruises, weddings, birthday parties, dinner cruises, corporate events and workshops and more. Meals, an open bar and entertainment can be arranged.
If you want to surf in Central Portugal... ...have an adventure, fun, parties, enjoy peace, quiet and comfort, try new food and meet new friends. We offer all ages the opportunity to learn to surf on the beaches of central Portugal, where you can feel close to nature. After a day's surfing, you can relax over a nice dinner in a friendly family atmosphere.
Multi-Activity Holidays and Days Out
Adventures in Arrabida! Adventurous days out in the beautiful Arrabida natural park: climbing, abseiling, caving, mountain biking, canorafting, paragliding, diving and more...The park is located one hour south of Lisbon.
See the real Portugal and have fun doing it! We offer everything from adventure sports to cultural days out in central Portugal. We are based in the Beira Litoral - ideally placed for exploring the nearby mountains, natural parks, rivers and historical towns. Our aim is to preserve and promote the natural beauty of the local countryside while offering you an experience you'll never forget.
Serra da Estrela Adventures The Serra da Estrela national park could have been tailor made for adventure! Join us climbing, kayaking, hiking or for a multi-activity expedition in this stunning wilderness. Specialist guides and equipment are provided to ensure a truly memorable experience.
Walking in Sintra Join us on a guided Sintra walking tour and discover the romantic woodland scenery and fascinating history of Sintra a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestling in a protected Natural Park. See for yourself why Byron called Sintra a 'glorious Eden' and it was a favoured summer haunt for Portuguese aristocracy and royalty.
Walking Tours in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores Our walks are designed and led by experienced, enthusiastic walkers who want to show you each region's most beautiful scenery and give you a taste of its history, culture, wildlife and gastronomy. We offer day tours in Lisbon, the Algarve and Madeira and relaxing guided and self guided walking holidays throughout Portugal, Madeira and the Azores.
Yoga Retreats in Sintra Get away from the stresses of day-to-day life and join us for a yoga and meditation retreat. Indepth practice yogis of all levels in a truly magical setting! Short breaks and week long retreats available.