Top 10 Activities to do in Portugal after Covid-19
With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, traveling was restricted since mid-March, and the Portuguese found themselves in lock down. This month, Portugal is beginning to return to a bit of normalcy, and the airports and boarders are beginning to open. If you’re considering traveling to this beautiful country, read on as we will share with you our top 10 activities that are both safe AND fun! With most tours and hotels opening this month, Portugal is seeing a gradual lift in its restrictions, allowing tourists to enjoy their time in Portugal, though with caution of course!
You’ll find few other places in Europe offering as wide variety of activities and fun things to do at affordable prices, and in such beautiful natural surroundings. Throughout Portugal, Madeira and the Azores you can be sure of a friendly welcome the locals and the country’s warm, sunny climate offers optimal conditions for you to try new things all year around without getting too cold or damp! Here are our top 10 reasons you should consider visiting Portugal
1. Visit the gorgeous beaches!
Portugal boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Lovely golden sand and clear waters are the perfect way to relax in the sun! Another way to explore is via boat! This summer, there will be measures implemented on the beaches, namely the restriction of large groups and also the number of people allowed on the beach at one time. The great news is that there are soooooooo many beaches to choose from! With over 600 miles of coastline, you won’t lack for a safe spot to sunbathe and take a refreshing dip in the ocean!
2. Taste the local gastronomy – it’s out of this world!
Portuguese cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world! With a wealth of dishes using simple ingredients, you’ll fall in love with the gastronomy in Portugal! From the fresh crusty bread, to it’s fish and seafood, rich meat dishes, decadent pastries… and let’s not forget the inexpensive and yummy wine, you’ll be spoilt for choice at what to eat! We recommend taking a gastronomy tour or even a cooking class and learn all about Portuguese cuisine and its origins. Most tours and classes can also be arranged privately, so you can enjoy with your family and friends!
3. Get to know Portugal on a private tour!
Let’s explore! If you want to get to know the country from an insider’s perspective, there is nothing better than booking a private tour! Whether you choose to travel by car, van or even off road jeeps, there is much to visit and get to know while in Portugal. There are so many tours to choose from, some of which explore the rich history and culture of Portugal, which there are others focusing on food and wine. And the best part is that you will have a guide all to yourself!
4. Go Cycling!
Come and see Portugal by bike! From the fun of exploring all the little back roads, to discovering woodland tracks and breathtaking cliff tops trails, cycling gives you a real insight into the country’s history, culture, outstanding natural beauty and, of course, its fine food and wine! What more could you ask? Serious cyclists can also enjoy excellent training conditions from autumn to spring escaping inclement weather back home. Check out these cool holiday packages!
5. Enjoy the wine!
If there is one thing that most people love about Portugal, it’s the wine! Really affordable and absolutely delicious, wine tasting is one of the most popular activities to do while in Portugal! If you want to focus on wine during your stay in Portugal, we recommend the Douro region or the Alentejo! Both produce spectacular wines and visits are quite easy to arrange on the same day. For the ultimate wine experience, why not spend a weekend in a wine barrel? You heard us right! Quinta da Pacheca in the Douro Valley is a well known winery, now offering accommodation in beautiful wine barrels turned into suites!
6. Get in the water!
With many marinas along the Portuguese coastline, nautical activities are quite a popular… and help you keep your distance from others! Whether you decide to charter a boat, dare your family to try some fun watersports, or even take a sailing lesson, getting in the water can be one of the safest activities you can do in Portugal! New water sports are popping up all the time but some adrenaline junkie favorites are jet skiing, water skiing and wake boarding, canyoning and coasteering, rafting and parasailing as well as powerboats.
7. Fly high in the sky!
Fly high up in the air! How much more social distancing can you practice than 15,000 feet?! Up in the air activities like skydiving, paragliding and paramotor means it’s just you and a certified instructor soaring high above the world! We find these to be some of the most fun and exciting things to do in Portugal! Portugal has a great climate for flying with favorable conditions common all year round so it is ideal for creating unforgettable holiday experiences, as well as an amazing chance to admire the beauties of Portugal from a whole new angle!
8. Get to know the history and culture!
Get to know the cities on your own! There are many ways of exploring the main cities in the country without the normal crowds, and some of our favorite ways are via Gocar, Segway, Twizzy car and VW Beetle! You can rent these electric vehicles out, and take standardized GPS guided tours OR explore your own way! Great forms of transport in which you only share with your own family and zip along cities like Lisbon and Porto!
9. Hike in nature!
Walking or hiking are the perfect way to get away from it all and explore the beautiful natural beauty of Portugal. Portugal is a great walking destination with friendly people, unusual wildlife and an ever changing landscape which gives each region it own unique identity and beauty. The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores Archipelago, with their spectacular scenery and tranquility, also offer a haven for walkers and nature-lovers. So there are plenty of routes to choose from and once you visit Portugal you’ll be sure to come back! You can go off exploring on your own, or even book a walking and hiking package with everything included!
10. Get up on a Horse!
Horse-lovers are spoilt for choice in Portugal with lots of interesting and diverse landscapes to explore. You will find quality riding centers offering holidays, guided hacks out and lessons for all levels. Whether you are a nervous beginner or a competition rider, there will be a stable and horse for you! Children are generally welcome with specialized pony programs!