Lisbon is not a great example of nautical sports (the river has too much traffic and sometimes suffers the agitation of the sea) but it is possible to practice a few water sports, in the Estoril's coast and in the city. In Belem, the Nautical Club has some activity and it seems to have good structuresRelated to:
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5 km from Cascais is a beach popular for windsurfers/surfers. Windsurf gear: wave boards and sails from 3.5 to 5.3 range. Apr. - Sept is best time for wind. Equipment rental/shop on beach. There are also caverns such as the famous Boca do Inferno which is well worth a visit.
Hotel Muchaxo (surf shop)
Praia do Guincho
351 - 917 890 036
Equipment: Site has rental gear
3 mm wetsuit
Currently (Mar 2011) in the second tier of Portugese football, Belenenses play their home games in Belem, just a short tram or bus ride from the city centre.
Lovely stadium high above the river, sadly only around 1000 spectators for the game we saw against Santa Clara (all the way from the Azores).
The result, for the record, a disappointing 0-0 draw but enjoyed our short visit here anyway.
Take a look at their website for much more info.
Want to see the major stars of the tennis world while in Lisbon. In here you can do. Estoril Open in Jamor, really close to the city of Lisbon, is the main tennis event in Portugal. Generally it happens in May and is a WTA and ATP clay court tournament. This tournament has attracted big names of this sport such as Muster, Moyà, Ferrero, Federer, Safin, Kuerten and others. The female side is much weaker in terms of stars it attracts.
This tournament is also a society highlight. Many of the Portuguese high society go to the court to see and be seen.
There is possibility than in future years the tournament will change place to a nearby location.
Equipment: Bring sunscreen and a hat since in the courts it can be really warm if it is sunny
The best climate for golf in Europe
Golf is very good in Portugal. There is a lot of variety, many golf courses are on the coast line, which makes them just beautifull, with astonishing views over the ocean.
The best thing in Portugal is the climate. Winter is the best time of the year to play golf there: no wind, mild climate with temperature around 15-18ºC, the courses are in good shape and hotels are quite cheap at this time of the year.
It is just the place to relax and have some good rounds!Related to:
You have to go to a Benfica match
We were on a Benfica match against Academica in the Luz stadium. It was fantastic, 43 000 fanatics. The eagle before the match is a great performance. The eagle flies down from the highest stand to the field. And Rui Costa is sensational.Related to:
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One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Lisbon’s surrounding countryside is on horseback. The magnificent landscape of the Costa do Estoril, particularly the Cascais-Sintra Natural Park, are best appreciated on horseback, providing a truly memorable day out for visitor riders. One of the best places to hire a horse and go riding for a few hours is at the Quinta da Marinha Riding School in Cascais.
Exploring the beaches of Lisbon
Surfing, bodyboarding, sailing, windsurfing and all sorts of water sports can be found in beaches like Guincho (that has some of the best conditions for surf and windsurf), Cascais and Costa da Caparica. This last one boasts a 15 kilometre stretch of golden, sandy shoreline.
Also not to be missed are the surrounding areas of Setúbal and Sesimbra. Besides having good conditions for water sports, both these regions offer spectacular scenery and are definitely worth a visit.
There are two major soccer teams in Lisbon: Benfica & Sporting Lisbon. The Sporting Stadium is right next to my Grandparents home, and as a young kid my gradfather took me in to see the stadium several times.
Football in Lisbon
Football is the main sport in Portugal. Lisbon has 2 of the 3 biggest teams. They are Benfica and Sporting, the other one is Porto, the winner of last year's Champions League. Those 3 teams always fight for the 1st place on the league table and you can never know which one is going to win.
Watching a game in Lisbon between Benfica and Sporting can be quite interesting, but also an adventure. Be careful.
Lisboetas (inhabitants of Lisbon) are crazy about football and support either of the two major clubs, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (website: www.slbenfica.pt), and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Both are strong first-division contenders. Benfica play at the great Estádio da Luz (Stadium of Light called as the Cathedral by the supporters of Benfica ), where it will be the final of the Euro 2004 and others games of the Euro2004. Sporting play at the Estádio Alvalade XXI, just north of the Campo Grande (website: www.scp.pt). There are others clubs in Lisbon like Belenenses and Alverca but not so important.
Bullfight is a very controvertial subject. I personally enjoy to see it.
Bullfighting was once the sport of Portuguese noblemen. Unlike in neighboring Spain, the bull is not killed--a prohibition the marqu?s de Pombal instituted in the 18th century, after the son of the duke of Arcos was killed in the sport. Bullfights here differ in other respects from the Spanish version. Much ceremony and pageantry attend the drama: The major actors are elegantly costumed cavaleiros, who charge the bull on horseback, and ma?os de for?ado, who grapple with the bull. Many find this face-to-face combat the most exciting component of the bullfight.
There are many aficionados in Portugal and Lisbon presents them a great venue to see a good Tourada - the Praca de Touros do Campo Pequeno. It was inaugurated in 1892 with a neo-Arabic style. It fits about 8.438 spectators.
The bullfighting season in Lisbon runs from Easter until mid-July.
If you like football (aka soccer) Lisbon will satisfy all you cravings!
Lisbon has three teams in Super Liga (I division) - Sporting, Benfica and Belenenses.
The championship follows the normal European schedule, i.e., from end of August until mid May.
Portugal hosts the Euro 2004 championships, and for that occasion it was build 8 new stadiums. Sporting and Benfica's stadium are state of the art stadiums.
Good bye Stadium 1
this stadium will be gone a few months from now. They are building a new one as you can see just beside. the old one was for 70 thousand people. but for the EURO2004 they had to build a new one. hurry up to visit this last times of the old stadium.
Jogging, tennis and golf, etc
Jogging, tennis, swimming, football .... you can do those sports in Estádio Nacional. Estádio Nacional is located in Algés - Cruz Quebrada. Near of the city center.
If you are a golf lover, or a almost-tiger-woods, you can practise golf in these places:
Belas Clube de Campo - www.belasclubecampo.pt
Lisbon Sports Club - located near Belas, too.
Quinta da Beloura - located near Cascais.
Equipment: Check out the website below for further info on golf courses in Portugal....Related to:
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