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    Portugal and Football

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 14, 2013

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    Portugal is also a football country (it was introduced to the country in 1875) and football is like a religion for this country, with Lisbon having 3 football teams which hold a total of 109 titles (maybe more now). The Sporting Clube de Portugal (also known as Sporting), Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Commonly known as Benfica) and the C.F. Os Belenenses. The main domestic football competition is the Primeira Liga.

    The first organized game in 1875 was in Camacha, Madeira. And then in October 1888 Guilherme Pinto Basto organized an exhibition. It has been said that his brothers Eduardo and Frederico brought the ball from England. And from then on, the game has appealed to the masses.

    The Euro 2004 football games were held in Portugal and it was full of excitement. Portugese-Canadian singer Nelly Furtado sang the Official Tournament Theme "Força". And there was a lot of surprises during the games itself which I will not elaborate on (will just mention that France who were the defending champions got eliminated by underdog Greece).

    And from Wikipedia: "The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Nacional de Futebol de Portugal) represents Portugal in association football and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home ground is the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras."

    Other sports: indoor football, handball, basketball and roller hockey.

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    Golf

    by salinhopt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    All around Lisbon area, no more than half an hour by car from Lisbon, are some of the most prestigious golf destinations in Portugal: the Estoril & Sintra Golf Coast and Oeste Golf, to the west and north of the city and close to the coast, and Costa Azul Golf, on the south side of the River Tagus, whose courses were designed by such famous architects as Robert Trent Jones, Mackenzie Ross and Rocky Roquemore.

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    Hiking abandoned train lines

    by berenices Updated May 25, 2010

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    In 2001, the national train company REFER, decided to convert abandoned train lines all over the country into trails for hiking called ecopistas. To date, nine (9) lines have been converted and rehabilitated to serve as areas of leisure and sports activities in the countryside. They are from between 9 to 28 km at present, and most of them are just partial of the length of the total line formerly in use. Being rail lines and thus flat, and mostly running on a straight course, these trails are very easy for hiking. Moreover, the routes show fantastic views of the inner countryside of regions that is not accessible by motor transport. The ecopistas are in the following former lines: Rio Minho, Ramal de Famalicao, Guimaraes-Fafe, Corgo, Sabor, Vouga, Dao, Mora, and Montemor-o-Novo.

    Along these routes are constant reminders of what they formerly were -- the old stations are still there, the raildroad signs, some equipment among others, evoking a bit of romance and a lost time. New signs have been put up explaining the wildlife found in that area, and containing other interesting information of the locality. In some places, benches have been put up for those wanting a bit of rest.

    Hiking these trails is easily the best way to see and enjoy the countryside and a bit of wildlife of Portugal.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, drinking water

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  • Motorcycling

    by Sylvia101 Updated Apr 24, 2008

    Motorcycling in Portugal is great. We stayed in central Portugal, the rural roads were a delight with sweeping bends, good surfaces and few cars. If you can get off road it just gets better and opens up access to the extensive network of woodland and mountain tracks. We went on a guided tour and were delighted with the opportunity to experience off road riding for the first time. In common with much of Europe, Portugal is very biker friendly.

    Equipment: Bring your own bike or we went on a fly ride trip and stayed in a lovely villa with daily rides out. Bring your own helmet, gloves and waterproofs.

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    Day Eleven - Padron to Santiago de Compostela

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Distance 23.9k
    Accrued ascent 340m

    The last day of your Camino and one with a fair amount of height to gain (It is possible to split this day differently and stay at the Albergue at Teo, thus leaving you a short day into Santiago de Compostela)
    Quite a lot of road walking, some on the busy N-550 so take care, but also some pleasant stretches of footpaths and some walking on minor roads.
    There are a couple of opportunities for coffee / lunch breaks – All in All a Pleasant final day !!

    Early Gothic Cross, One of the earliest in Galicia The route passes through the Hamlet of Romeris Crossing the railway line at Picarana Abaixo Just over 4k to go to Santiago de Compostela The southern doorway of the Cathedral at Santiago
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    Day Ten - Caldas De Reis to Padron

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Distance 19.2k
    Accrued ascent 220m

    An Excellent days walking, mainly on paths through beautiful woodland, a bit undulating but very pleasant under foot !!
    One or two cafes to break your day for coffee and lunch, however the one for our chosen lunch stop at San Miguel de Valga was closed when we got there ;-(
    All in All another very Pleasant day !!

    The Magnificent Puente at San Xulian The Fuent at Capilla de San Roque The climb out of the Bermana River Valley The ���Way��� after O Pino The Punte crossing the Rio Sar at Padr��n
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    Day Nine - Pontevedra to Caldas De Reis

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Distance 23.1k
    Accrued ascent 140m

    A very gentle day with hardly any climbing, and the small amount that there is, is barely noticeable.
    Walking on a good mixture of paths and minor roads with only the odd section on the busy N-555, Good choices of cafes for coffee and lunch so another pleasant day !!

    Ponto de Burgo, leaving Pontevedra The Basilica de Santa Maria A Grande (Closed) Path follows then crosses the railway line The Rakishly angled Cruceiro de Amonisa The Handsome drinking fuente at Tivo
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    Day Eight - Redondela to Pontevedra

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Distance 18,2k
    Accrued ascent 320m

    A day with two up and over’s Starting off at sea level, over the Alto de Lomba, back to sea level at Arcade then up and over The Alto de Canicouva and then back once more to sea level at Pontevedra
    Arcade makes the obvious lunch stop, a great days walking on paths and minor roads with only a couple of kilometres on the main N-550 approaching Arcade.

    Excellent view ahead towards Arcade Good signing after leaving Redondela Useful Fuenta e after Rua de Torre Crossing the Punta leaving Arcade Perigrino crossing Alto de Canicouva
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    Day Seven - Tui to Redondela

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Distance 30.7k
    Accrued ascent 280m

    A slightly longer day than you have been walking (But with opportunities to split it should you chose, Please see accommodation tips)
    The first 20k are fairly flat, then you have a fair pull up to Monte Cornedo, but the views from here more than compensate for your efforts.
    Quite a bit of road walking, sometimes on fairly busy roads so take care.
    Again, Quite a few of opportunities for coffee / lunch breaks – All in All another Very Pleasant day !!

    The L O N G road through industrial area Wayside Crosses en-route The route through Orbennle Pleasant wooded stretch Scallop Shells approaching Redondela
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    Day Six - Sao Roque (Rubiaes) to Tui

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Distance 21.1k
    Accrued ascent 200m

    This is your last days walking in Portugal as you cross the border into Spain at the end of this days walking.
    It is a much easier day than the previous one as it is predominantly down hill, Mainly on good paths and minor roads and only a couple of kilometres on a main road as you walk into Valenca.
    There are a couple of opportunities for coffee / lunch breaks – All in All a Very Pleasant day !!

    Pons Romana just after Rubiaes Uncompleted Albergue at Sao Bento da Porta Aberta Small Chapel approaching Valenca International Punta crossing The Rio Minho Tui and The Rio Minho
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    Day Five - Ponte De Lima to Sao Roque (Rubiaes)

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Distance 17.1k
    Accrued ascent 450m

    To follow your long day you now have a nice short one, However it is on with a bit of a sting in it as today you encounter the long steep pull up to Portela Grande, and as the name suggests it is a fair pull !!
    But the day is dominated by good paths through very pleasant countryside with a few villages with cafes for you to break your journey at !!

    Perigrino approaching handy caf�� Crossing the Punta Leaving Ponte De Lima Pleasant Countryside New motorway to negotiate Wayside Cross approaching Sao Roque
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    Day Four - Barcelos to Ponte De Lima

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Distance 33.6k
    Accrued ascent 440m

    A Long but Very Pleasant day, Lots of the route is on pleasant paths but still with some road walking along minor roads.
    Two up and over’s but nothing overly taxing, The route takes you through plenty of villages so quite a few chances of lunch / coffee stops. We stopped for our luch at Café Viana, just over half way and before starting the second Two up and over
    All in all a Very pleasant day, with a walk along the river bank of the Rio Lima into the beautiful old town of Ponte De Lima

    The ���Way��� after  Barcelos Handy Fuente on the ���Way��� Good signing Approaching Ponte De Lima
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    Day Three - Rates to Barcelos

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Distance 16.4k
    Accrued ascent 220m

    This is the shortest day of the entire walk, There are some nice wooded sections on pleasant paths and although there is again a lot of road walking, it is again on quiet country roads with little traffic and good views.
    There is a chance of a lunch stop at Igreja.
    All in all a pleasant day, If a short one ;-) But the advantage is that you will have plenty of time to explore the old and interesting town of Barcelos

    The Old Ponte into Barcelos Early morning traffic on the ���Way��� Take Care on this busy section of the N-306 Good signing Beautiful countryside on the ���Way���
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    Day Two - Vilar Do Pinheiro to Rates

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Distance 20.2k
    Accrued ascent 210m

    Another relatively short and easy day, Again a lot of road walking on the cobbled side roads so again, Hard on the old feet.
    As we had a very good breakfast at Vilar Do Pinheiro we only stopped once for a quick snack – there are several possibilities en-route.
    We had to take care whilst crossing “The Newly Restored “ bridge, da Ponte Zameiro, which crosses The Rio Ave, This bridge might well have been restored but it is now in Very Poor condition, See photo !!
    You start to feel like you are getting out into the country as although there is a lot of road walking today, it is mainly on quiet country roads with little traffic and good views.

    Approaching  the ���Restored��� Ponta de Zameiro Good signing Crossing  the ���Restored��� Ponta de Zameiro Perigrino (Birgit) on the ���Way��� The Church of Saint Pedro de Rates
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    Day One - Porto to Vilar Do Pinheiro

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Distance 17.9k
    Accrued ascent 220m

    A fairly leisurely start to the Camino – As the desk in the Cathedral that issues you with your “Credentials” doesn’t open until 09.00, we had a fairly relaxed breakfast before setting off, Then collected our Credentials, Had a look around the Cathedral and got under way.
    We stopped in the outskirts of Porto to pick up some supplies for our lunch break to save stopping en-route,
    The “Way” was Very Well marked, however this day does have a Lot of road walking and a lot of it is on cobbled side roads so hard on the feet.
    Never-the-less it was a pleasant days walking to Vilar Do Pinheiro and easy to find our hotel once we arrived there ;-)

    A confusion of yellow arrows !! The first yellow arrow next to the cathedral at Po More good signing leaving the centre of Porto Nice old water mill en-route Fuente de Godim
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