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Outdoor Activities in Portugal

Golfing

The Algarve, only two to three hours flight from most of the European capitals, has been a magnet to many a golfer for almost three decades. Golf is the most popular of all of the Outdoor Activitities in Portugal. Portugal’s southernmost province “The Algarve” is justly famous for its spectacular scenery which lies alongside its fabulous coastline. The main golf season is from late autumn time to late spring time. Winters are mild and golfers from northern European countries can enjoy warm, sunny days out on the green whilst at home their courses are unplayable. Despite southern Portugal’s appealing sunshine statistics, rain does fall from time to time and nearly all of it during the main golfing season. It was the legendary Sir Henry Thomas Cotton who put the Algarve on the golf globe. In the mid-sixties, at Penina, he designed the first proper grass course. It was the first of three he designed in the Algarve, a place he loved and lived for almost 30 years.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s and even alot of the 1990’s, golf courses appeared all along Portugal’s southern coast. Although none of the existing courses are more than 15km from the coast, the terrain varies from the steep hillsides of Parque da Floresta to the near sea-level flatlands of Vilamoura III and Salgados, which in common with Palmares, includes links holes. The mainly desert looking Algarve countryside, familiar to summer visitors, gives way to beautiful green golf complexes thanks to large, state-funded water catchments and distribution schemes, as well as private boreholes which tap into water sources for irrigation. Holes made tricky by water hazards are, therefore, not an infrequent feature on the Algarve courses. In general, you will find that the Algarve, with its sunny days and mild climate, breathtaking scenery, fine retaurants, friendly people and excellent golf courses, all combine to make golfing in portugal a lovely relaxing holiday.

See Here for information on Golf Courses in Portugal – http://www.portugalgolfcourses.com/

Theme Parks

Krazy World

Official Website – https://krazyworld.com/

  • Lagoa De Viseu-PO Box 3
  • Algoz-Messines Road
  • 8365-907 Algoz, Algarve, Portugal

Bracalandia

Official Website – http://www.bracalandia.com/

Avenida João Paulo Ii (Antiga Rodovia)
P-4710-399 BRAGA

Water Parks

Zoo Marine

Official Website – http://www.zoomarine.pt/pt/

  • EN 125 – Km 65
    Guia
    8201-864 Albufeira

Aqua Show

Official Website – http://www.aquashowpark.com/pt

  • Semino E.N 396
    P-8125-303 QUARTEIRA

Slide and Splash

  • Estrada 125 – Vale De Deus
    Estombar
    P-8400 LAGOA
    PORTUGAL

AquaLand (The Big One)

Official Website – https://www.aqualand.pt/

  • E.N. 125 – Apartado 11
    8365-908 ALCANTARILHA
    PORTUGAL

Cycling and the EuroVelo

Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020

Eurovelo

Eurovelo Information Guide

EuroVelo incorporates existing and planned national and regional cycle routes into a single European network. It currently consists of well over 45,000 km of bike paths

Eurovelo

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