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Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

1. Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

Start your cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route according to your preferences. Enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat.  Sail to Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Drop anchor, enjoy the sun and swim in the clear blue seas. Another suggestion is to sail along Cascais Coast up to Lisbon and visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From the sailing boat, you will have the opportunity to see Lisbon´s most famous monuments and views.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

2. Lisbon: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

Master the basic techniques of surfing at a 2-hour surf lesson on Praia de Carcavelos in Lisbon. Get a safety briefing on arrival and put on the provided wetsuit to start your journey to becoming a confident surfer. Practice pushing yourself off the board and find your balance on the beach before taking to the water with your tutor. Learn in a small group of no more than 15 participants to get personalized attention from an instructor accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation. Face up to the challenge and try to ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as they rush in! Feel free to ask your instructor for tips, or revitalize on a shaded sun lounger before returning to the water.

Lisboa: Surf Lesson

3. Lisboa: Surf Lesson

Meet with your professional instructor at the surf school in Carcavelos. Get equipped with your surfing gear, including a wetsuit and board. From here, travel to the beach of Carcavelos or Guincho beach, depending on the most favorable weather conditions on the day. Enjoy a surfing lesson and learn the basics of surfing. Discover essential skills related to safety, how to read the ocean, and how to choose a wave. Learn the practical movements of paddling and standing up on your board to catch the perfect wave. Benefit from personalized instruction with an expert instructor throughout the lesson.

Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

4. Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

Experience the beautiful coast of Lisbon and see its historic coastal castles by kayak. Learn the basics of paddling and other techniques to make your experience as fun as possible. Paddle from Oeiras Harbor in the western part of the metropolitan area and see some of the most famous beaches, such as Praia de Carcavelos. Marvel at Saint Julian's Fort and the castles of Santo Amora and São João das Maias from the water. Discover the sheltered beach of Praia das Fontainhas along the way. Cool down with a dive in the crystal clear waters. Choose the length of your tour to suit your schedule, subject to the weather conditions, and benefit from the services of experienced guides, certified by the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation.  

Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

5. Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

Start your surfing adventure in convenience with a pick-up from the pre arranged meeting point in Lisbon. From here you will take a short, scenic drive to either Carcavelos or Caparica, whichever has the best surf conditions on the day! Once you arrive at your destination, have a short meet and greet with your surfing instructors. Your professional instructors will give you a 2-hour surfing lesson - perfect for anyone just starting out! You will be given all the appropriate equipment you need to enjoy your surfing experience. Lessons will be tailored for all levels of surfing experience from complete new comer to experienced surfer. Enjoy the benefit of small groups meaning you will have plenty of time to spend with your instructor to learn everything you need.  In Summer you will be able to cross the "golden gate" bridge to go to the golden sandy beaches of Caparica (Praia do Infante) and in Winter time you will surf at Carcavelos, famous for hosting surfing events. Both beaches are only 10 to 20-minutes away from the city centre and your meeting point. After you've had plenty of time in the surf and put your lessons into practice you will be transferred back to your original meeting point, allowing you to end your day of fun in the sun in complete convenience. 

Lisbon: Sailboat Beach Tour

6. Lisbon: Sailboat Beach Tour

Feel the pleasure of taking a few dives along the magnificent coast between Lisbon and Cascais on this private sailboat tour. This experience is perfect for spending time with friends and family and celebrating birthdays or other special occasions. Board the luxury sailboat, enjoy a welcome drink, and set sail from Lisbon’s port, Doca do Bom Sucesso. Depending on your chosen tour length, you can anchor in front of the beach in Caxias, Oeiras, or Cascais Bay. Choose to swim, dive, or just relax on board and soak in the rays. On the way to the area’s most scenic places, take in the view of the coastline and enjoy the fresh air.

Lisbon: Half-Day Group Surf Lesson

7. Lisbon: Half-Day Group Surf Lesson

Learn the sport of the moment with fully passionate, experienced and certified instructors. The Lisbon area is a true surf arena with all the natural ingredients to provide you a stunning experience no matter your age or surfing level. If you really want to learn or improve your surf skills, the surf school will offer you lessons for all levels and ages, from beginners to advanced. Everything you may need for your perfect surf vacation will be included such as the surfing equipment and amazing surf conditions to improve and develop your skills.  These 2-hour based surf lessons will take place in Costa da Caparica, always looking to the best and safest conditions for you. You will have the first session in the morning, followed by lunch and then another 2-hour lesson to finish the day.

Lisbon: Full-Day Group Surfing Lesson

8. Lisbon: Full-Day Group Surfing Lesson

Learn the sport of the moment with fully passionate, experienced and certified instructors. The Lisbon area is a true surf arena with all the natural ingredients to provide you with a stunning experience no matter your age or surfing level. If you really want to learn or improve your surf skills, this surf school will offer you lessons for all levels and ages, from beginners to advanced. With friendly, highly qualified and certified surf teachers, you will learn how to surf the right way, in a safe and fun learning environment. Everything you may need for your perfect surf vacation will be included such as surf equipment and amazing surf conditions to improve and develop your surf skills.  These 4-hour based surf lessons will take place in Costa da Caparica, always looking to the best and safest conditions for you. You will have the first session in the morning, followed by lunch and then another 2-hour lesson to finish the day.

Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

9. Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

Have an expert assess your surfing level on shore to see if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer. Set targets according to the surfer's levels and the conditions of the sea/surf. Practice some technical and specific work according to the group or surfer's level on the sand. Work on the acquisition of skills and the necessary technique to progress in different levels. Get expert instruction from high-quality coaches that know how to work according to the characteristics of the beach, the surf, and the safety rules. Experience a 2 hours Surf lesson in the amazing Sintra beaches. An Experienced Coach will manage a small group with a maximum 5 surfers, each surfer will be included in a group formed according to ages and levels, to make sure all the group evolutes in the same context. All the equipment will also be adapted to your level in order to turn the experience as easier and fun as possible. The beach and time of the lesson can also be adapted to each group, to make sure you can take the best profit of each lesson in a safe un fun experience. If we need to move to a different beach we will take in our van with no extra cost. We are locals from Sintra beaches Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs, but we are also licenced to Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica. This way we can always have good conditions to all surfers.

Lisbon: Private Tour full day

10. Lisbon: Private Tour full day

Get to know the city of Lisbon on a private excursion to its biggest landmarks. Learn about local history as you encounter meaningful locations, including parks, monuments, and iconic buildings. Take in panoramic views of the cityscape and the Tejo River. Get picked up at your accommodation in the city or its surrounding areas and travel aboard an air-conditioined vehicle with free WiFi. Start the visit at the emblematic Belém Tower, on the edge of the Tejo River. Pass by the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Jerónimos Monastery. Continue towards Almada over the 25 de Abril Bridge, toward the Cristo Rei monument. Admire one of the most breathtaking views over the city of Lisbon from the other side of the Tejo River. Return to Lisbon, heading to one of the oldest neighborhoods in the capital: Alfama. Stroll through its beautiful streets and alleys full of colorful homes. Explore a dynamic gastronomy with the chance to purchase lunch. Stop by different viewpoints, as well as several buildings that help tell the story of Portugal. Move on to the Cathedral of Lisbon and gaze at its ancient facade. Head toward the Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte, overlooking the city. Contemplate the landscape before ending your tour by passing the Parque Eduardo VII, with views of the Marquês de Pombal Square and Avenida da Liberdade, all the way to the south bank of the city. Sit back on the return drive to your accommodation.

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based on 190 reviews

A different view of the coast of Lisbon, you can check the immensity of the Tagus and gaudint at the time of nature, and if you have a sort you can see some good props (we will not have the sort)

It was great fun!! The basics were explained well and everyone could go home with a sense of achievement. Thank you for the experience! Pickup was in Almada.

The captains were really great ! They were nice and we had great conversations. I did wish we got to go swimming. Other than that we would do again!

A great time spent! Our guide was great, listening patiently and very smiling ☀️ I recommend!

lovely staff and guide, very enjoyable kayak along coast.