Extreme Activities To Try In Portugal

A Note From Greg: Although I don’t really consider myself an extreme sports lover, I have had a great time skydiving, scuba diving, white water rafting, skiing, and paragliding.  So, I guess that means that I now have to go to Portugal… at least that’s what this new guest post from my buddy Tom suggests :)

 

If you have a love of high octane, adrenaline pumping sports then it’s worth considering holidays to Portugal in 2013. There are a wide variety of groups that organize land and water based activities in this part of the world. They have experts who can show you the ropes and ensure maximum safety while you try the pursuits outlined in this article.

 

Rock Climbing in Portugal - photo by Jorge Bras - http://jorgebras.com/
Rock Climbing in Portugal – photo by Jorge Bras – http://jorgebras.com/

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Skiing in Portugal

It would be fair to say that the level of provision for winter-sports isn’t as great in Portugal as some of the other European holiday destinations. However, it is still possible to have an enjoyable day of skiing on the slopes of Torre. You might also be interested in perfecting your parallel turns at the indoor skiing center  high on the mountains of Serra de Estrala.

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White Water Rafting on the Pavia or Tamega

Those of you with a fair degree of confidence in the water may like to have a go at rafting along the relatively fast flowing Rio Pavia or Rio Tamega rivers. Just remember the old adage that if you don’t clip in then you’ll go for a swim.

White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting

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Canyoning in Madeira

You may continue the adventure on holidays in Portugal with a guide-led canyoning trip to the picturesque islands of Madeira. You will most definitely want to bring a good supply of food to eat after long days of swimming, climbing and scrambling your way past the magnificent waterfalls.

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Paragliding Above Portugal

If you have a head for heights then why not book a place on a paragliding excursion during holidays to Portugal in 2013?

You will feel as free as the native birds and have the opportunity to see miles and miles of the pretty rural environment while gliding on a clear day. It is even possible to paraglide over the beautiful white sand beaches of Falesia, Albuferia and Porto de Mos.

Paragliding high above Dharamasala and McLeod Ganj is a popular leisure activity in town and costs less than $100
Paragliding high above Dharamasala and McLeod Ganj is a popular leisure activity in town and costs less than $100

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Mountain Biking the Portugese Countryside

You can hire good quality mountain bikes from a number of city stores in Portugal. From there you can explore the dirt tracks and try some of the tricks showcased by European riders such as Hans Rey and Andreu Lacondeguy. You are encouraged to stop off at one of the many local cafés for a refreshing drink and bite to eat during full days of off-road action.