Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela by John Mitchell
Outdoors enthusiasts will find plenty to appreciate in Portugal. Perfect waves and winds make the country a paradise for surfers and windsurfers, and there’s a seemingly endless range of other pursuits to enjoy along the country’s Atlantic shores: diving, dolphin watching, golfing and kayaking. Inland, landscapes of cork and olive trees, granite peaks, limestone heights and precipitous river gorges form the backdrop for a host of other activities – from walking to birdwatching, horse riding to paragliding. And as you leave the coast behind, the crowds grow thinner and the prices – already among Europe’s lowest – go down. Thanks to Portugal’s geographic compactness, there’s no reason you can’t combine multiple outdoor adventures in a single trip. It’s not unreasonable to plan a hiking/surfing vacation or to spend a few days birdwatching followed by a cycling excursion around the Setúbal peninsula.