Many people thinks that Portugal is just sun and beaches, well we have Ski resorts too , take a look to my Serra da Estrela page :)
Serra da Estrela has two ski resorts. The main resort is just on the top of the mountain, on Torre, when I was there I couldn’t see it because of the heavy snowfall and the road to Torre was closed.
The other ski resort is an artificial one, which you can see on my photo. It is located in Manteigas. It has a small area to learn ski and other to practice.
Watching Bullfighting is one of the cultural things enjoy in Portugal (for the ones who like it).
You will find Bull Squares, the place for the traditional running of the bulls, all over Portugal.
On my photo you can admire the great architecture of the Bull Square in Campo Pequeno, Lisbon.
I have to tell you that the Bullfighting in Portugal is rather different than in Spain, here there is no tradition to kill the bull on the square during the spectacle.
As I mentioned before, Portugal has a wonderful coastline providing excellent conditions for water sports, and sailing is one of them. All through the country you will find marinas. But I'd say that the "biggest" concentration of marinas is in Lisbon area and Algarve, where there are quite a lot (I mean, for the size of country).
For further information about sailing in Portugal or arriving in Portugal by yacht check the website: www.portugalinsite.pt/canal/defaultR.aspx?idc=739&idsc=834&lang_id=2
Portugal is often visited by golf lovers. All through the country there are golf greens to suite every taste. Most commonly visited, though, are those in the Algarve area, which allow visitors to enjoy beach and golf in the same trip, apart from the fact that the weather is milder in Algarve all year round.
For further information about golf facilities in Portugal check the website: www.portugalgolf.pt
All through the country there are good facilities for tennis players. Near Lisbon there are the Estádio Nacional courts, where the annual tournament Estoril Open takes place every year in the beginning of April. It is the biggest event about tennis in Portugal. During summer there are also some tournaments in the touristy zones such as in the Algarve.
Those courts where the tournaments take place are open to public. Apart from weekends and bank holiday you can easily book a court in Estádio Nacional. I'm not sure about prices nowadays, but I used to play there and courts were not expensive.
Portugal has a marvelous coastline. Some beaches are ideal for surfers and windsurfers, both in the north or the south of the country.
In Lisbon area, the Cascais beaches are those which are best for that sport - mainly the Guincho beach being windy, there are kite surfers and windsurfers there frequently. Also, near Lisbon are the Ericeira beaches, also pretty good for this sport. Ribamar, a beach in Ericeira area is amongst the most famous in Portugal for surf.
On the south, the coastline near Sagres is the one that gathers more windsurfers and surfers. Being windy, the beaches here provide some good conditions for those sports.
I'm not so familiar with the beaches on the north of Portugal, there I've heard about good beaches there for surf and windsurf as well.
In Serra da Estrela you will find the only 2 ski resorts existing in Portugal. One of them is located on Torre and it is a "regular" ski resort which is opened when there is snow. When we visited, as there was no snow, skiing was not possible. Nevertheless the chairs were working and some visitors we using it to enjoy the view from up there. The other ski resort is in Manteigas and it is an artificial ski resort, therefore usable during year-round.
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In Serra da Estrela you may find good spots for paragliding. One of them is Linhares da Beira, considered the best in Portugal. I didn't visit this village, though. Near Manteigas they also do paragliding. If you're not familiar with paragliding you may jump/fly with an instructor. For further information contact the Paragliding School in Linhares da Beira.
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from my point of view, the best soccer club in the world. like a disease. once born benfica one must die benfica.
if yu came to portugal, lisboa, a soccer game at the CATHEDRAL, is the breathtaking experience to take. the new (estadio da luz) stadium of light is the gattering spot for benfica supporters to suffer and rejoy every week. it's a religion.
Football is a great tradition in Portugal. Portuguese's are really fans of this sport.
I love football.
Euro 2004 Championship was realised in Portugal, and it was a great success. Portugal fought on the final with Greece but Greece won the Championship.
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.
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 !!
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.
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
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 !!
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