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Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

1. Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

If you would like to try surfing or improve your skills on it, this is your experience. I will take you for a ride around , searching the best conditions for your level in the area of Porto. This experience starts with pick up in our meeting point . Than i will take you to the place with the best conditions, to make this experience memorable, giving all the feedback and tips so you can improve your skills and some pictures inside the water with a GOPRO as a souvenir. As last we will drop you off where we picked you up :) Outras observações Before we start the experience we will need your height and weight to know the size of the wetsuits and the location to prepare the pick up.

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

2. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Experience one of the most challenging and adrenaline-filled experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland. After being picked up from your accommodation in Oporto, set off for the Gerês National Park to start your adventure. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Start to navigate your way downstream including splashing through natural pools, chutes, and waterfalls carved out by the powerful river. Make the most of zip-lines ending on the water, small and medium nice abseiling, guided abseiling, and several possibilities of jumping into the water. At the end of your 3-hour experience, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Oporto. 

Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

3. 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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

4. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

From Porto: Povoa de Varzim Morning Surf Lesson w/ Transfer

5. From Porto: Povoa de Varzim Morning Surf Lesson w/ Transfer

Discover the stunning beaches north of Porto and join a thrilling adventure away from the city crowds. Start off your day by getting active with a surf session in the company of a certified instructor. Hop on your board and paddle out for a refreshing learning experience in the water. Take advantage of the complimentary transfer to the Povoa de Varzim beach and get picked up at your beachfront hotel early in the morning. Head over to the chosen beach for the day, which might vary depending on weather and wave conditions, and get started. Enjoy a quick but thorough introduction and go over all the basic techniques you need to know, then dive right in. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned amateur, you'll surely learn something new while having a blast in the warm Portugal ocean.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

6. Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

Enjoy a unique experience that will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful nature routes in the water in a Kayak: the Açudes section. Discover the route that connects Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima. Cross safely fast dams with a low degree of difficulty, inserted in a pollution-free valley, allowing you to enjoy nature in its pure and relaxing state. During this experience, you will be accompanied by a monitor in the water and a support vehicle outside the river, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and pros.

Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

7. Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

After meeting with your skipper and boat at the pier, your sailing adventure will begin. Throughout your experience various maneuvers and functions will be presented to you, as you coast along the magnificent scenery that is the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the lesson, your skipper will tell you everything you need to know about sailing a sloop boat. You'll get to try various functions on board, learning how to sail against the wind (upwind), with wind from the side (reaching), and downwind. All the while, you will be enjoying the beautiful landscape around you and the unforgettable scenery of Porto and Gaia. It is never too late to start learning, and Porto is surely the ideal place to embrace this new passion.

Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

8. Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

Enjoy the opportunity of participating in sailing maneuvers and steering Inca, a catamaran specially designed for people with special needs. A one-of-its-kind boat, this catamaran is fast, fun and perfect for sightseeing with plenty of room to have you and your guests on board. During your picturesque sail, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto from the water. Depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken towards the open water to enjoy the pleasure of sailing and experience the sense of freedom that can only be delivered by the ocean.

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What people are saying about Porto

Great organization from the provider; the confirmation email from GYG was a bit confusing as our pick up location might be outside of the pick up area. However, our guide Paolo arrived on time. The introduction and info were just the right length to always feel safe. During the tour there were further safety instructions. Both guides were always attentive and always kept an eye on all 8 participants. Important: The fun did not fall by the wayside with all the safety. It was a really great experience, anytime again! We are already looking forward to the many photos that Paolo took of us. If you hesitate: definitely do it.

Miguel arrived promptly at our accommodation in his air conditioned van - we drove about an hour to the activity centre to get briefed and kitted up. What followed was a fantastic day of fun and activity with Miguel and Andrea fantastic guides. We felt in the best of hands. Such a beautiful valley too! Finishing the activity we went home via a sandwich shop for a little post-activity pick me up, great options and a good price. Miguel then drove us back to Porto! 10/10

Perfect pick up service from hotel to park and back. Activity was organized very well and super fun. Miguel and Bruno were great, we felt super comfortable and safe. Highly recommended. Jente and Pieter

Highly recommended! Super guides who speak good/easy English. Picked up and brought back to our hotel. Pleasant people and everything was well taken care of and prepared.

The instructor and staff were very helpful. Enjoyed catching the waves