Things to do in Portugal

Things to do in Portugal


Our top activities in Portugal

Pedalling perfection

Portugal offers free-wheeling perfection – diverse landscapes, few steep inclines! The Alentejo mixes fertile plains, shady oak forests and duney beaches, while Sintra's lush undulations are scattered with UNESCO architectural gems demanding picture stops. The Algarve hinterland offers gentle hills and woods dotted with ancient villages like Moorish beauty Silves. You want hills? Hit the Serra da Estrela, where wineries flank the ancient university town Coimbra.

Unforgettable sandscapes

Portugal boasts 1,800km of beach-fringed Atlantic coast. Head west beyond the crowds clinging to the resorts around Faro and the Algarve morphs into secluded white sand bays and eye-catching rock formations culminating in the rugged drama of Cape St Vincent, Europe’s most southwesterly point. Heading north, the Costa Vicentina enthrals with miles of wild, deserted beaches, while above the shoreline the Fishermen's Trail is the 120km single-track ocean section of the 350km Rota Vicentina, one of Europe's most breathtaking walks. Among Lisbon's Blue Flag beaches (a short ride from the capital) the dune-backed Guincho is a wide golden local legend. Reaching towards Spain's Galician border, the Costa da Prata (Silver Coast) and Costa Verde combine timeless fishing villages with atmospheric waterfront restaurants and surf spots like Peniche and Nazare - where 2013 saw the tallest wave ever surfed come rolling in.

Gentle bends

Bendy unwinding in Portugal is about drawing in scented forest air and tangy ocean breeze as much as dynamic breathing practice and choosing from Iyengar, Hatha or Pranayama. Add the choice between connecting to ocean power in the surf or communing with hill spirits during mountain river dips. Tap into Portugal's timeless human fabric too - caress Neolithic standing stones, reflect in timeworn monastic retreats. Then slumber beneath magical starlit heavens. See our Portugal yoga vacations

Walking in an anytime wonderland

The 2013 opening of the 350km Rota Vicentina gave Portugal one of the world's finest walks. 120km hugs the Atlantic on the Fishermen's Trail, while the Historical Way crosses tranquil wildflower valleys, cork forests and Alentejo uplands still paced by shepherds. This old pilgrims' trail is stamped with history – churches, old country houses, time-warp villages where locals delight to chat about their lives and your journey.
Inland from the Algarve beaches, the Serra de Monchique's ancient paths track through orange and almond groves, and woods scented with eucalyptus and arbutus. Long valley views provide ready-made pauses. For geo-drama, the Serra de Estrela constitute Portugal's highest mountains, a north-east national park mixing limestone peaks, mossy waterfalls, granite caves and rippling rivers. In winter, this is also ski country – though luxury retreats offer relaxation amid beauty year-round.
Photo credits: [Pedalling perfection: francois schnell] [Unforgettable sandscapes - Guincho beach: Montserrat Labiaga Ferrer] [Gentle bends - Yoga at Vale de Moses: Mirte Ruesen] [walking in an anytime wonderland - Serra de Estrela: Luis Ascenso]
Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided

Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided

A leisurely cycling vacation in the Algarve

From €539 7 Days ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal

Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal

Eco-friendly B&B, in Sintra Natural Park near lovely beaches

From €80 per room per night
Algarve vacation accommodation

Algarve vacation accommodation

Enchanting manor in a 6 hectare rural estate close to beach

From €45 per accommodation per night
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat

Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat

Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreats Algarve, Portugal

From €600 7 Days ex flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal

Yoga vacation in Portugal

A stunning Yoga retreat in the Portuguese mountains.

From €800 7 Days ex flights
Yoga & relaxation vacation in Portugal

Yoga & relaxation vacation in Portugal

Yoga, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains.

From €800 7 Days ex flights
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