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Norte Region Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Norte Region Outdoor sports

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

1. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Ride a buggy around the mountains of Porto for a unique and exciting way to discover the territory. Visit Castromil's gold mines, the Castro Mozinho Roman Ruins, and the charming village of Quintandona. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever-surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale. And enjoy views of Serras do Porto Natural Park along the way.

From Porto: Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

2. From Porto: Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

After meeting in central Porto, set off towards the Paiva Walkways where you'll cross the world’s longest suspension footbridge, Arouca 516. Later, walk the scenic trail of the Paiva Walkways, have lunch at a local restaurant, and visit the town of Arouca. The Arouca 516 Footbridge spans 516 m (1,692 ft) across the valley and hangs 175 m (576 ft) above the Paiva River. The walking deck is made of a see-through, open-grid metal mesh, guaranteed to add a kick of adrenaline to your experience. Nearby, the Paiva Walkways offer one of the most beautiful walking trails in the world and are a World Travel Awards winner. It is an 8 km boardwalk zigzagging down along the left bank of Paiva River at Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark. In between your trip, stop for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant with panoramic views. Meat, fish, and vegetarian options will be available. Before heading back to Porto, visit the town of Arouca for a glance at local culture and Portuguese architecture styles. Afterward, head back to Porto to get dropped off.

From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

3. From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Discover the beauty of the Paiva river and gorge on as you hike along the Paiva Walkways and experience the thrill of crossing the 516 Arouca suspension bridge on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto. Indulge in some local fare with the included lunch at a restaurant.  Starting from Porto, you be picked up in an air-conditioned van and relax on the drive through the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a short rest stop in Arouca where you have the chance to purchase a snack in this town that is known for its sweets.  Reach Areinho and enter the Paiva Walkways and start your journey by climbing a stairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca bridge which is at an elevation of about 175 meters above the Paiva River. Learn about local culture from your guide along the way. Admire views of the Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River as you cross this stunning bridge. Continue your journey following the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river. Walk at your own pace, take in the lush vegetation, and try to spot wildlife like birds.  Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca travel to a restaurant in Alvarenga where you can try “Arouquesa” DPO beef (other non-meat options available).End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

4. Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

Chill with the serene waves of Porto during a small-group surfing lesson with pickup from the city. Find the best beach for the weather conditions on the day and get to grip with the basics of surfing. Jump into the water and catch your first wave to the shore. Make your way to the bus stop by Aliados to meet your friendly group for the day. Let your guide assess the weather conditions and start driving to the beach with the best waves. Feel the warm sand under your feet as you listen to a quick introduction to surfing. Follow the instructions of your guide for the basic techniques like paddling and standing up on your board. Now's the time to crash into the water and go with the flow. Paddle out to where the water breaks and feel the adrenaline as you ride the swell back to the shore.

From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

5. From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

Cross the second Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge - the Arouca 516 - and walk the Paiva Walkways, considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Aveiro, the so-called “Portuguese Venice” and traverse the canals on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings, the fish market, and taste one of the city's delicacies, soft eggs. Last but not the least, see the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

6. From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

Explore one of the most unknown treasures in Portugal and discover the nature of Gerês-National Park during a small group tour. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Leave your accommodation in Porto in the morning and travel to the Gerês National Park in an air-conditioned Land Rover. After around 90 minutes, arrive to the heart of Gerês. Imagine fantastic green lagoons where you can swim and relax, hear the sound of the waterfalls and see amazing rainbows. Visit an old village, where you will meet the locals and enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch with local green wine (included). Explore remote areas of the park and enjoy the breathtaking valley. During your exploration, if you're lucky, you might even see the wild horses (Garranos). End your visit to Gerês at one of the most impressive viewpoints in the region.  After a full day enjoying the best spots of Gerês National Park, relax on the trip back to your Porto accommodation, arriving in the early evening.

Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

7. Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

Discover Porto on an exhilarating 4x4 tour. See Roman excavations and visit a charming mountain village. The adventure starts with a free pickup at your Porto accommodation. Next, head to the mountainous regions inside Porto Mountains Park where you will see Roman mines (from the outside only) dating back to 2000 years ago. From the top of the mountain, enjoy panoramic views and numerous photo opportunities. Next, move on to an old and isolated village in the mountains where you can observe the local community in their daily activities and life. Continue the tour by traveling along the River Ferreira where you will see watermills, one of which is still used by local residents to eat and drink in the mountains.

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

8. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Explore the wonders of Gerês National Park on a thrilling canyoning adventure with this tour from Porto. Splash your way through the Park's streams, waterfalls, and boulder formations with high-quality canyoning gear. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in a climate-controlled van.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Porto, set off for the Gerês National Park. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Follow your guide into the Park and begin your canyoning experience.  Navigate downstream by swimming and sliding through natural pools, waterfalls, and chutes that have been shaped by the powerful river. Soar with zip-lines ending on the water, try abseiling, and several have the chance to jump from rocks into the water. At the end of your tour, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Porto. 

Porto: River Douro Cruise with a Fisherman

9. Porto: River Douro Cruise with a Fisherman

Be greeted at Marina do Freixo with a welcome drink or port or sparkling wine together with some local aromatic almonds. Set sail at a leisurely pace to discover Porto and the River Douro through the eyes of a fisherman. See the Palacio de Freixo, just next to the marina. Continue downstream to where you will see the 6 bridges that connect Porto to Gaia. The first metal bridge that you will see is the one designed by Gustav Eiffel, Maria Pia Bridge, followed by Infante Bridge, and the landmark of the city, Dom Luis I Bridge, designed by Teofille Sierig. Admire another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ribeira and Gaia riverside, where the port wine cellars are located. Further downstream, see the picturesque fishing village, São Pedro da Afurada, the nature reserve of Cabedelo, and the very charming Foz Velha. Continue on your route towards the Atlantic Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for local fisherman on their way to the ocean, to start or finish their working day. Reach the highlight of the cruise at the river mouth, Foz, at sunset. Don't miss the chance to watch some fisherman fishing next to the river mouth. Choose to have a private trip with your very own boat and dedicated skipper. Enjoy the intimate and comfortable atmosphere with just you and your group.

Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

10. Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

In small groups of 8 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

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An amazing day !!! Ricardo was the most kindest and professional host. He assisted so much and ran the day so smoothly so our group could see everything. Dinner was fantastic and authentic. My favorite part really was meeting 4 others from different parts of the world and together we spoke about all of our country & cultures. Felt like I was in another part of Canada, but a more spectacular view of Portugal. I would do this again in a heartbeat and so should you !!!

An unforgettable experience!! We got to visit some of Portugal’s most beautiful places thanks to Josué! We thank him so much for his patience and dedication !! We recommend this 11/10!!

Fantastic experience from morning to night! Everything super, from the transfer to the lunch experience! I recommend everyone to have this experience: unforgettable!

What a fantastic experience! It’s a must see. Well worth the money. Traditional Portuguese Lunch was delicious!

Great group activity which is adventurous and allows touring outside Porto. Highly recommend!