Mountain Biking in Portugal

5 Reasons to Unwind in Portugal

Needless to say, the past couple of months have been tough – but we’re saying it anyway. And while for most, the daily grind has switched from arduous commutes and cold cups of morning coffee to working remotely from the comfort of our own homes, it makes it even harder to truly switch off when the time comes to clock off for the evening. We’re all in desperate need of some time to ourselves to unwind and hit the refresh button. The good news is it's not too late to extend your summer plans – there are several fantastic off the beaten track places in Europe where you can go to disconnect. We’re thinking Portugal.

Not only is this country quick and easy to get to from the UK, but it's year-round, blissfully warm, Mediterranean climate means you can still soak up endless hours of sunshine, while also indulging in wine tasting and mastering water sports. Read on for our top 5 reasons to unwind in Portugal:

 

1) Take to a surfboard or SUP and feel the exhilaration of the Atlantic waves

Situated right on the rugged Atlantic coast, Portugal is perfect for every kind of water sport you can imagine. Suitable for complete beginners to water sports junkies, the coastline offers world-class point and reef breaks and wide, quiet beaches. So, why not take one of our surfing or SUP lessons to hone your skills or even pick up some new ones to impress your friends back home. With some regions having an average of 300 sunny days per year, you shouldn’t need an excuse to don your wetsuit and hit the waves to cool down. 

Paddle-board in PortugalPaddle-board in Portugal

2) Channel your inner yogi with a yoga class and much-needed spa session

If the last few months have left you hankering for a detox, the spectacular landscapes of Portugal will definitely put you in a zen frame of mind. Hidden within the pine trees of Portugal's Costa Verde, the 4-star FeelViana hotel is a tranquil oasis, far away from hectic humdrum and worries of everyday life. Greet the day with a hand-palming Namaste and a restorative yoga class, before enjoying a touch of indulgence at the spa, because let’s face it, you’re well due a bit of pampering!

 Try a Yoga Class Try a Yoga Class

3) Explore the cultural and culinary delights of Porto

The second-largest city of Portugal, Porto is a vibrant city with intriguing sights around every cobblestoned corner. Home to some of the most famous street artists in the world, why not soak up the lively atmosphere and get lost in its maze of narrow, medieval streets. Take a boat tour along the charming Douro River or discover Porto's rich history in the Old Town. Porto is undoubtedly famous for its Port wine, so be sure to save time to enjoy a glass or two in their rustic wine cellars, before leaving.

Explore PortoExplore Porto

4) Get energetic with an invigorating bike ride or hike through Portugal’s stunning landscapes

Forests, mountains or coastlines, you don’t have to pick one because Portugal has it all. Breathtakingly beautiful; enjoy it on two wheels, mountain-biking on its rolling paths or hike through its lusciously green valleys. Visit the Serra d’Arga region for rushing waterfalls and tranquil lagoons but invest in some hiking boots as there are some challenging ascents along the way!

Enjoy a Bike RideTake in Portugal's breath-taking views by a bike ride

5) Relax with wine-tasting in the gorgeous Douro Valley

After all that, perhaps it’s time to slow the pace with some wine-tasting. The Douro Valley is renowned for its Port, but also offers incredible red and white wine. The region has many excellent wineries to choose from. Taste, explore and unwind while soaking up the charm of the criss-cross vineyards and winding rivers.

Duro ValleyDouro Valley

If you’re in need of a few days of well-earned rest, relaxation and exhilarating sports, make the most of your time off and take a Digital Detox in Portugal. With opportunities to be as active or as chilled as your mind and body needs, this trip offers the chance to hit the refresh button and return feeling recharged.

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