Portugal Sports & Outdoors

  • Estádio da Luz
    Estádio da Luz
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  • Stadiums and sports venues
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  • The fans having a good time
    The fans having a good time
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Portugal Sports & Outdoors

  • Stadiums and sports venues

    Lisbon Sports & Outdoors

    Lately during my travels I usually attempt to watch a match of the locals favourite sport. In Lisbon it is football (or soccer to us North Americans). In planning my trip to Portugal, I planned ahead to find a match I could attend. This proved to be more difficult than I imagined for most of the important teams (we will say Sporting, Benefica,...

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  • EURO 2004

    Porto Sports & Outdoors

    The stadium of the “checked shirts” ..... but there’s no puzzle!! Did you know that Boavista Futebol Clube was the only club that never stopped playing at its own ground, even when the new Bessa XXI Stadium was being built? Well, it’s true! In fact, in keeping with its traditions, Boavista is the only Portuguese Club whose ground has always been...

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  • Various

    Évora Sports & Outdoors

    Well, very nice picture from the Public swiming pools. I didn't make this photo, actually I don't even know who took it, i found it on a internet cafe computers hard drive here in Evora.There's 3 more swiming pools besides these one in the same complex. Olimpic also. Have to pay 1.5€ to get in. Be careful, keep an eye for your bags due to some...

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  • Running

    Lisbon Sports & Outdoors

    We happened to be in Lisbon when the Lisbon Marathon was being run. It was a lovely morning for it, at least it was for watching it. The route took the runners down the seafront, finishing in the Praca de Comercio. It looked very good, though we didn't stay to see them finish as we were off to Sintra for the day. We saw some of the half marathoners...

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  • Martial Arts

    Évora Sports & Outdoors

    Kung-Fu Lotus Flower. Internal Kung-fu. This portuguese style of kung-fu gives strenght to your body and soul, by developing yourself as one, different from anyother. also weapons practicing. just sport trousers and t-shirt. no shoes. This is now located outside the city walls on the way to Juventude on the Gymnasium callse FITNESS M. it on the...

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  • Portugal and Football

    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...

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  • Golf

    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...

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  • Hiking abandoned train lines

    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...

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  • Motorcycling

    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...

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  • Day Eleven - Padron to Santiago de...

    Distance 23.9kAccrued ascent 340mThe 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...

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  • Day Ten - Caldas De Reis to Padron

    Distance 19.2kAccrued ascent 220mAn 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 !!

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  • Day Nine - Pontevedra to Caldas De Reis

    Distance 23.1kAccrued ascent 140mA 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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  • Day Eight - Redondela to Pontevedra

    Distance 18,2kAccrued ascent 320mA 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 PontevedraArcade makes the obvious lunch stop, a great days walking on paths and minor roads with only a couple of kilometres on...

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  • Day Seven - Tui to Redondela

    Distance 30.7kAccrued ascent 280mA 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...

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  • Day Six - Sao Roque (Rubiaes) to Tui

    Distance 21.1kAccrued ascent 200mThis 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...

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  • Day Five - Ponte De Lima to Sao Roque...

    Distance 17.1kAccrued 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...

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  • Day Four - Barcelos to Ponte De Lima

    Distance 33.6kAccrued 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...

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  • Day Three - Rates to Barcelos

    Distance 16.4kAccrued 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...

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  • Day Two - Vilar Do Pinheiro to Rates

    Distance 20.2kAccrued 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 “...

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  • Day One - Porto to Vilar Do Pinheiro

    Distance 17.9kAccrued 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...

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  • “The Camino Portuguese” split into 11...

    On the following tips in this section I have broken down “The Camino Portuguese” into the 11 daily stages that we split the walk into, It is entirely up to the individual how you chose to split the walk up, some people will no-doubt want to do the walk faster and equally some people will want to take more time over it.The following tips are just...

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  • Cabo Pontal - Praia Bordeira

    We briefly stopped for a snack on our own at Cabo Pontal which is accessible from the town of Carrapateira, north of Vila do Bispo. A narrow road through sand dunes takes up to the rocky point overlooking Praia Bordeira. A few surfers were already afloat when we got there early in the morning, but more cars quickly came in and the small parking lot...

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  • Football (soccer)

    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.

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  • Portuguese Football

    If there's one thing the Portuguese love it's football! While in Lisbon, it is very easy to take in a football match, and in my opinion, well worth it! We went to see the hometown Benfica vs Scolastica while in Lisbon. The tickets are fairly reasonable and the metro drops you right off by the stadium. Games are usually held on Sundays.

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  • Sailing

    If you are a sailing fan, then Belem is your disired destination to enjoy it as a wonderful seasport, not only for the pleasure of the eye, but also because of the big variety and choices of boats in the shore!

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  • Sailing

    If you are a sailing fan, then Belem is your disired destination to enjoy it as a wonderful seasport, not only for the pleasure of the eye, but also because of the big variety and choices of boats in the shore!

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  • Bullfighting in Portugal

    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...

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  • Enjoy the snow Sports

    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...

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  • Surf and Windsurf

    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...

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  • Tennis

    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...

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  • Golfing

    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...

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  • Sailing

    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...

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  • Paragliding

    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...

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  • Skiing

    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...

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  • Lisbon Marathon

    We caught the tail end of a marathon in Lisbon. It was a Sunday morning, we remarked how traffic free the streets were. A jogger went past us, then another & another.................It finally clicked (~_~), there was a marathon going on!

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  • Water Sports

    with Portugal being surrounded by the Atlantic on 2 sides, it is obviously a great destination for watersports.Surfing is very popular here particularly on the west coast, It can be too rough with dangerous undercurrents. So to take on board local information about sea conditions.

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  • Sportugal

    The province of Algarve has gained the nickname of 'Sportugal.' Portugal is now one of Europe's top golf destinations. Its world-class golf courses around Lisbon and Algarve now attract visitors from all over the world. Just as popular, but among surfers, are the beaches on the western Atlantic coast. The beaches of Ericeira for example, have held...

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  • sport lisboa e benfica

    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...

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  • Roller Hockey

    Another great game that has a great tradition in Portugal is Roller Hockey.This year Portugal won one more World Cup in Roller Hockey (15 world cups).

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  • Goal!!!!

    Soccer is a national obsession like it is in most European countries. With the Euro2004 tournament coming up, the country was particularly interested in the sport during my visit. The two most well-known teams are Benfica in Lisbon and their rivals from the north pictured here, FC Porto. The season runs from September to May.

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  • Golfer's dream

    Although, I didn't visit the Algarve, Portugal's southern coast is full of beautiful golf courses and resorts. Check out the web link for more information.

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