Where to eat in Coimbra – Restaurants for all kind of tastes
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Get to know our top 5 recommendations for traditional food lovers and other 5 suggestions for vegetarians!

In the city of Coimbra, the traditional taverns are still very much alive and in them you can find the most varied snacks, such as the gizzards, bones, woodpecker and ray of pitau, among many other specialties, accompanied by a good regional wine. In restaurants, typical dishes such as chanfana, roasted suckling pig Bairrada style or lamprey rice stand out. Here are some suggestions for good places to try.
Let’s start with the traditional food restaurants:

  1. ZÉ MANEL DOS OSSOS

This restaurant has existed for over 50 years in a narrow alley in Baixa and is one of the best known and traditional taverns in Coimbra. It’s a small and picturesque space whose walls tell its story: they are decorated with drawings and messages from customers and friends who pass by, pieces of covers and robes from students and some other objects. Good atmosphere, excellent food. Very small, only 7 tables, people line up to eat, so you have to arrive early.

Address: Beco do Forno, 12, Coimbra

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12:30 to 15:00 and from 19:30 to 22:00; Closed on Saturday night and Sunday. Does not accept reservations.

Contact: 239 823 790.

 

  1. DUX – SNACKS AND WINES

Valuing tradition, but also introducing many modern elements, Dux restaurants are contemporary taverns. With many snacks and good wines, we can find here traditional Portuguese specialties (such as cod pataniscas or woodpecker), but also original creations and influences from the world (such as chicken tempura and farinheira with caramelized pear).

And, like any other tavern, it has a large wine list which reflects the variety and quality of Portuguese wines.

Address: R. General Humberto Delgado nº 448, Coimbra

Opening hours: Lunch: Every day from 12:00 to 15:00 Dinner: Sunday to Thursday from 19:30 to 22:30; Friday and Saturday from 19:30 to 23:00

Contact: 913 946 079

 

  1. TAPAS NAS COSTAS

This restaurant is located in one of the most emblematic areas of the city, so it is  frequented by many tourists and it’s very lively at any time of the day. It’s often possible to enjoy a meal to the sound of music played by street artists.

This restaurant is specialized in snacks and the Tapas nas Costas Menu can be consulted on the restaurant’s web page.

At Tapas nas Costas, you can either have lunch in a formal setting, in the restaurant’s interior rooms, or in a kind of relaxed bar / cafe at the entrance of the restaurant or even choose the terrace, which allows you to have a very beautiful view over one of the oldest areas of Coimbra.

Address: Rua de Quebra Costas, 19, Coimbra

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 11pm

Contact: 239 157 425

 

     4. NACIONAL

Located in the historic area of the city of Coimbra, in an old and cozy building where we feel at home, this restaurant is very famous for the quality regional cuisine it serves.

The menu includes excellent options, such as seafood rice, lamprey rice or monkfish fillets with cockle rice, old-fashioned duck rice, capon rice or roasted kid.

Address: Rua Mário Pais, 12, 1.º, Coimbra

Contact: 239 829 420

(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)

 

      5. MUNICH BREWERY AND SEAFOOD

Unmissable brewery in the city of Coimbra, with two restaurants, both on Rua do Brasil. The Cervejaria Marisqueira Munich Restaurant opened in the 1970s, by the hand of a former emigrant in Germany returning to the city. The emphasis is on fresh seafood, wild fish and selected meat. It is difficult to resist.

Beer is also a specialty, with fresh mugs that come directly from the refrigerator, and local brands such as Onyx and Topázio, and the artisanal Cinco Chagas.

Address: Rua do Brasil, nº258 and nº344 (Munich and Munich II)

Opening hours:
Munich – closed on Wednesdays; on Tuesday, it opens from 12pm to 5pm; on the remaining days, it is open from 12 noon to 1 am.
Munich II – closed on Monday; on Sundays, it opens from 12h to 16h; on the remaining days, it is open from 12 noon to 1 am.

Contact: 239 701 577

 

Now let’s go for 5 recommendations for vegetarians!

Eating vegetables with sacrifice is a thing of the past. No dull tofu, unsalted vegetables, or being left without the option of a delicious, healthy, meatless meal. We have prepared a list of places where you can eat with pleasure following a vegetarian regimen.

 

Menu at Cozinha Consciente


1. Greenside

Greenside is a great option when you want healthy and fast food. The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. With a pleasant space, excellent service and wonderful food, this is our tip for those who have never tried vegetarian food and want something fast.

Address: Rua das Parreiras 31, Coimbra

Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM


2.
Cozinha Consciente

Cozinha Consciente is kind of hidden in the Topázio Galleries, but it’s worth going there. The products are all organic and the options vary between vegetarian and vegan. At the Cozinha Consciente restaurant, macrobiotic lines dictate the rules in the kitchen.

Address: Galerias Topázio, R. Olivença nº 9, 2nd floor, Coimbra

Monday to Friday from 12:30 PM to 03 PM 


3.
Gul & Guls

Gul & Guls is a typical Indian restaurant, therefore, it has vegetarian dishes, with very well served, well-seasoned portions and at an affordable price. It’s  an option that you will not regret trying.

Address: Avenida Emídio Navarro, nº 37, Coimbra

Monday to Friday from 12:30 PM  to 03 PM

4. Hamburgueria de Coimbra 

Who doesn’t like hamburgers? When you are a vegetarian, the options are reduced, but in Hamburgueria de Coimbra you can always replace the beef burger with a delicious quinoa burger. The space is very pleasant and with great quality fast food.

Address: Rua Manso Preto 5, Coimbra

Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM and 07 PM to 11 PM and on Sundays from 01 PM to 09 PM

 

Quinoa Hamburger

 

5. Peculliar

If you want to eat Japanese food, Peculliar has a vegetarian option. According to Diogo Marta, one of the restaurant partners, what the customer asks for is done: vegetarian, vegan, for pregnant women, among others. The restaurant does not follow the traditional, “we make sushi in our own way”, says Diogo.

Address: Rua Dom Ernesto Sena de Oliveira 49, Coimbra

Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 PM to 03 PM and 07 PM to 11 PM and on Sundays from 12:30 PM to 03 PM

 

Veggie Sushi

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Eight of March
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Awareness is the best gift.  

March 8, the date that is not to celebrate female beauty, but rather the fighting for equity rights. Inlife supports this cause.   

What are the origins of this day?  

February 26 of 1909 was marked by thousands of women protesting in the streets of New York. They wanted the right to vote, in addition to better working conditions.  

In August 1910, a German woman started a demonstration calling for equal gender rights in Europe.  

Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on March 19, 1911. However, demonstrations for women’s rights continued to take place. 

Six years later in Russia, on March 8, a group of female workers took part in a demonstration against hunger and World War I. Thus, March 8 has become known as Women’s Day in many countries.  

Only in 1975, the United Nations formalized March 8 as the official International Women’s Day. This date has historical importance, which reveals a problem that still exists today: gender equity.  

How is it celebrated?  

Around the world, the 8 of March honors all women. Some honor them in the form of protest and promotion of gender equity, while others celebrate all the advances already made in favor of women.  

Today? Have all the goals been achieved?  

Definitely not. Even after so many efforts, today, in only one of ten countries women have been elected as Head of State. One in three women in the world is a victim of violence, usually by her partner, and it is not considered a crime in more than twenty countries. About 200 million women and girls alive have experienced genital mutilation. More than 100 million women do not attend school. At least in 117 countries, there are still no laws to protect girls from childhood marriage.  

At all times, remember that this day exists to honor those who dedicated themselves to the struggle. Also, remember that we all can, and must change the world. Be aware that you can always count on our sorority and empathy. Happy International Women’s Day!


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Five Places That Inspired J. K. Rowling to Write Harry Potter
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Follow the footsteps of the author and make a magic itinerary in Porto.

 

J. K. Rowling moved to Porto after the death of her mother, Anne, in 1991. The author went to teach English classes, got married, had a daughter and it was here that she wrote the first three chapters of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Many of the places in this charming city served as a source of inspiration for the author.

We suggest you 5 magnificent places to visit, where you can recreate the magic of the books of the famous saga.

 

1. Café Majestic

The front door of Majestic

The old Café Majestic (dating from 1921) is one of the emblematic establishments in the city and it is in the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. How about starting the day with breakfast at this beautiful cafe with marble tables, where J. K. Rowling wrote his favorite chapter of the book, “The Mirror of Erised”?

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 112, Porto 

Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 11:30 PM                        

2. Livraria Lello & Irmão

Inside stairs in Livraria Lello

A high moment for the fans is the entrance to the emblematic Livraria Lello. The central stairs of the bookshop, so emblematic, give us the feeling of being teleported directly to Hogwarts. Founded in 1906, this bookstore is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Tip: Buy the ticket on the website before the visit, to avoid waiting in line for a long time.

Address: Rua das Carmelitas 144,  Porto

From 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM – Every day

Ticket: €5                              

3. Universidade do Porto

The Porto University greatly influenced the author of Harry Potter, not only because of its monumental building, or because it is one of the oldest universities in the country, but mainly because of the university students’ attire. This is composed of a black suit, a white shirt and the typical black cape, a great source of inspiration for the uniforms of Hogwarts students.

Do not be surprised if you see several students dressed like that during the day, walking the streets: it is a student tradition that happens in the various universities in the country.

Address: Praça de Gomes Teixeira, Porto

From Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM     

4. Escovaria de Belomonte 

Brooms Store Entrance

Opened in 1927, this friendly handmade broom shop inspired the existence of flying brooms in Harry’s universe.

Address: Rua do Belomonte, 34, Porto

Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM

5. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Garden view

To close this magical tour, nothing better than visiting the enchanting Gardens of the Crystal Palace, a source of inspiration for the Black Forest of the saga, with the added privilege of enjoying the magnificent view of the Douro River.

Address: Rua de Dom Manuel II, Porto

From 08 AM to 09 PM – Every day   

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It’s Carnival Time
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Have an amazing typical Portuguese Carnival

This year, on the 25th of February, dressed up as a princess, superhero, clown or witch to celebrate the most wanted party, the Carnival. In Portugal, many cities are also dressed in different colors and costumes.

Woman in Carnival

TORRES VEDRAS, the most Portuguese Carnival in Portugal

It is in Torres Vedras that, every year, due to the magic of the Carnival, the “most Portuguese Carnival in Portugal” happens. This party is known for the Carnival parades as well its variety of programs during 5 days. This city offers a lot of fun.

Our planet also deserves the opportunity to dress up, and to join the party so this event has been decreasing its environmental impact toward sustainability. 

 

SESIMBRA, Carnival at the beach

If you do not want to stay far away from Lisbon and the beach, you can not miss the pure fun of Sesimbra’s Carnival. In the streets, you will see a lot of adults and children parade with their costumes, costume contents and also people dancing the famous Samba. The program is planned by local people which makes it so unique. You can also enjoy the bars close to the beach, and when you are hungry you can eat tasty grilled fish.

 

OVAR, the Carnival which lasts more than 10 days

It started on the 1st of February, but you still more than in time to join the party. You will need to be full of beans in case you want to face this Carnival. Ovar is located in Aveiro district and during these days it is marked by its parades and costume contest. It also has a building called “Aldeia do Carnaval” (“Carnival Village”). There, entertainment is promised from the day to the night, or, maybe, from the night to the day.

 

FUNCHAL, a flight to a warmer Carnival

For the ones who like to be challenged, a flight Lisbon-Funchal means a lot of fun and a warmer Carnival. More exactly in Santa Cruz, the party is certain. All the happiness of the people in the streets, all the colors and a wide variety of costumes and local gastronomy mark these days.

In Funchal, moments of joy and good disposal are dominant everywhere.
As we are used to saying in Portugal “A vida são 2 dias, o Carnaval são 3”, which means “Life lasts 2 days, Carnival lasts 3”, in our country the traditional Carnival parties last even more days.

Princess, superhero, clown, witch, … Have you already chosen your costume? Don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal  in stories when you follow our tips 😉.


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Be my Valentine, Lisbon?
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February is the month of love. With it comes the most wanted Valentine’s day.

Did you know that the 14th of February is the day of the death of Saint Valentine? Valentine was a saint who was killed in the 3rd century because he secretly married couples after the marriage had been forbidden by the Roman emperor.

And what about the well known postcards and sentence “Would you be my Valentine?”? These were born in the 19th century in England.

Woman Writing on a Postcard

In Portugal and in many countries, Valentine’s day is celebrated on the 14th of February but, for example, in Brazil, this day happens on the 12th of June, Saint Anthony’s day which is also the saint of the weddings and Lisbon.

Couple Running Together

What if you celebrate this day contributing to the health of your heart and your soulmate’s heart? Love Run challenges all couples. It will be a 6km running in Estádio Universitário de Lisboa in which you have to cross the finishing line with your other half. If you are single and you love running you can participate too. If you are lucky, with the help of Saint Anthony, you may find your soulmate there. In case you prefer calmer sports you can walk instead of run.

This running will happen on Saturday, the 15th of February. If you want more information click here.

In addition, Lisbon is an amazing city for you to enjoy romantic walks close to the river, to have a picnic in viewpoints, to go on a sailboat trip in Tagus River… For those who want to spend more money, on this day, in Lisbon, you can find several restaurants with special menus dedicated to the love’s day.

Tagus River Sunset

Well, have you already thought about how are you going to surprise your other half? What are you waiting for?


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Lunar New Year in Lisbon
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Today, January 25, the New Year of the Rat begins.

Traditional Chinese Dragon Parade

According to the Chinese zodiac, each year is governed by an animal and an element. This year will be the Metal Rat Year. That means we will have a year that favors quick action, financial life, and mental agility.

According to tradition, it’s good to eat foods appreciated by rats, such as nuts and cheese. A good reason to meet friends and celebrate.

After that how about going with your friends to the Orient Museum and attending the workshop to make Chinese lanterns. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the new year’s celebrations.

Address: Doca de Alcantara Norte, Av. Brasília, Lisboa

From Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, except Saturday from 10 AM to 10 PM

Happy New Year and don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal in stories when you follow our tips 😉.

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Ball in front of the goal on a soccer field - Bola à frente da baliza em um campo de futebol

Where to play football/soccer in Lisbon
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Do you want to play football – or soccer, if you prefer – in Lisbon and don’t know where to do it? To help you organise a football match with your friends, here are 5 suggestions for fields that you can rent in Lisbon!

 

At Lisbon University Stadium (see on the map), next to Cidade Universitária metro station, you can practice various sports. The stadium has 6 synthetic grass football fields, and you can rent them from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am until 11:30 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the reservation time is from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. The price is 100€ per hour to rent the entire field or 70€ for only half of it. If you are a higher education student, you have a 50% discount on these values.

 

People playing soccer at night - Pessoas a jogar futebol à noite

People playing soccer at night.

 

In Restelo you can find Campo Vicente Lucas (see on map), a 7-a-side football field that forms part of the Restelo Stadium complex. Space can be rented from 35€ per hour.

 

If you prefer the Parque das Nações area, you can head to Its Sports (see on the map) for futsal or 5-a-side indoor football. Fields are available for bookings from Monday to Sunday from 8 am to midnight. The price varies between 37€ and 55€, according to the desired time.

 

Woman playing soccer - Mulher a jogar futebol

Woman playing soccer.

 

There is also It Sports in Telheiras at Colégio do Planalto (see on map). Here, in addition to futsal and 5-a-side football, you can also play 7-a-side outdoor football. Fields are available to rent during the week from 6 pm to midnight and on weekends and holidays from 9 am to midnight. Prices per hour: between 40€ and 53€ for futsal, between 35€ and 45€ for 5-a-side football, and 60€ to 65€ for 7-a-side football.

 

Another place to go with your friends to play football is Urban Fut 5 (see on the map) in Agualva-Cacém. This space is exclusively for 5-a-side football and operates every day from 10 am to midnight. The hourly price is 20€ until 5 pm, 35€ between 5 pm and 7 pm and 40€ after 7 pm.

 

If you are from Alfragide, you also have where to play. Go to Funsports, a sports complex on Seminary Road (see on map). Here you can find a football field of 7 and two of football 5. For 7-a-side football, the value is 63€ on weekdays and 56€ on weekends. For football of 5, you pay 40€ during the week and 35€ at the weekend. There are promotions for members.

 

Soccer field from above - Campo de futebol de cima

Football field from above.

 


 

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View of the Douro River and Cais da Ribeira in Porto, Portugal. - Vista do rio Douro e Cais da Ribeira, no Porto, Portugal.

Best things to do in Porto
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Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal and is very rich in history, culture and architecture. Besides the world-famous Port wine, the city is also known for its excellent gastronomy and hospitable people.

Lately, it’s becoming a reference for entrepreneurship and technology, as several international startups are settling here. Porto is only 3 hours away from Lisbon, so if you’re in the Portuguese capital, you can quickly get here by train, bus or even a car.

Despite being hilly, the best way to get to know the city is still on foot. The truth is, you shouldn’t worry about following a strict plan. Read our tips and lose yourself in the narrow streets and alleys of Porto – you won’t regret it!

 

1. Go back in time at São Bento Train Station.

Even if you’re not taking the train, you shouldn’t miss São Bento station. It has been in operation since 1916, and it’s considered one of the most beautiful trains stations in the world.

The outside is already fascinating, but the interiors will amaze you. 20,000 azulejos tiles, portraying events of Portuguese history, cover the walls of the main hall.

 

D. Luis I bridge, connecting Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. - Ponte D. Luis I, que conecta Porto a Vila Nova de Gaia.

D. Luis I bridge, connecting Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.

 

2. Drink port wine in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Porto is most famous for Port wine, which has been part of the city’s commerce and heritage since the 17th century.

You can take a guided tour at one of the many wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and learn about their history and the production of the wine. And the best part? In the end, you will be able to taste different varieties of port wine.

 

3. Chill at Cais da Ribeira.

One of the postcards of the city, Cais da Ribeira is always bustling with both tourists and locals. It offers a spectacular view of the D. Luís I bridge and the wine cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Notice the typical Rabelo boats parked at the other side of the river. These boats used to transport the casks of Port wine from the vineyards in Alto Douro to the wine cellars.

Walk along the riverside and take your time exploring the narrow medieval streets, typical of this area. If you need a break, sit on one of the terraces and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

 

Typical rabelo boats that transport the casks of Port wine. - Barcos rabelo que transportam os barris de vinho do Porto.

Typical rabelo boats that transport the casks of Port wine.

 

4. Cross the D. Luis I bridge.

D. Luis I Bridge is one of those places that everyone quickly associates with Porto. The German engineer Théophile Seyrig designed this iconic bridge that opened to the public in 1886. He co-founded the Eiffel Company with Gustave Eiffel – the one that designed and built the Eiffel Tower!

From the upper deck, you have a privileged view of the Douro river curves, the colourful houses of Cais da Ribeira and the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

Here’s a tip: walk to Jardim do Morro, at the end of the bridge – the view from there is also spectacular!

 

5. Get a new book at Livraria Lello.

Opened since 1906, Livraria Lello is well-known to have inspired J. K. Rowling when she started writing the Harry Potter books. You are likely to find several visitors waiting for an opportunity to take a photo on the red spiral staircase.

But even if you’re not a fan of the saga, Lello is definitely a must-see. The building itself is a work of art, combining three architecture styles: Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. You have to pay 5€ to enter the bookstore, but this amount is discounted from any purchase.

 

Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal. - Livraria Lello, no Porto, Portugal.

Interior of the Lello bookstore.

 

6. Take a walk in the Crystal Palace Gardens.

The gardens of the former Crystal Palace (replaced by the Rosa Mota Pavilion in the 1950s) date from the 19th century. Many locals come here to spend a pleasant morning or afternoon.

You will find several viewpoints with a fantastic view of the Douro river. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into one of the peacocks that live here.

 

7. Go to the top of Torre dos Clérigos.

Another Porto landmark, Torre dos Clérigos was built in the 18th century, between 1754 and 1763. The baroque bell tower is 75 metres high, giving amazing 360º views over the city.

To reach the top, you will have to climb 225 steps, but the view is sure rewarding. The ticket costs 5 euros, and the tower is open every day from 9 am to 7 pm (some days, it stays open until 11 pm).

 

Clérigos Tower in Porto, Portugal. - Torre dos Clérigos no Porto, Portugal.

Clérigos Tower in Porto.

 

8. Have a picnic at Parque da Cidade.

Parque da Cidade is the largest urban park in Portugal. It has about 83 hectares of green areas rich in fauna and flora. The city park is fantastic for strolling, exercising or having a picnic with family and friends. You will find all kinds of animals, including ducks, swans and rabbits.

The park has a direct connection to Matosinhos beach and is the venue for the Primavera Sound music event.

 


 

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Two girls on a beach with surfboards - Duas meninas na praia com pranchas de surf

Water sports you can practice in Portugal
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Do you like the sea and a little adventure? Get to know the many water sports you can practice in Portugal.

One of the best known and practised sports in Portugal is surfing. You can find the ideal conditions for surfing on various beaches across the country, such as: Espinho (Aveiro), Cabedelo (Figueira da Foz), North Beach (Nazareth), Peniche (Leiria), Ericeira (Mafra), Carcavelos (Lisbon), Sagres (Algarve), as well as Arrifana and Amado beaches on the Vincentian Coast. In Madeira, you also have the Paúl do Mar beach.

 

Two girls on a beach with surfboards - Duas meninas na praia com pranchas de surf

Two girls on a beach with surfboards.

 

For many of the beaches located in Nazaré, Viana do Castelo, Algarve and Azores, in addition to surfing, is also common to practice kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding.

Along the Algarve coast, the practice of tubing is very common. The buoys and mattresses pulled by boats or watercraft are present in almost all concessioned beaches. On these sides, you can also find people parasailing and flyboarding!

 

People kitesurfing - Pessoas praticando kitesurf

People kitesurfing.

 

It is also possible to do paddle, wakeboarding and water skiing on beaches, lagoons and dams all over the country. In Azenhas da Seda – Aquaturismo, you can do sports like canoeing, canoe raft, hydrospeed and soft-canyoning in a river surrounded by field and rocks.

Recently came the Jet Boat, a high-speed jet boat that dives slightly into the water and makes everyone wet. It already exists in some places such as the Lagos and Albufeira marinas and the Porto pier.

 

Canoes on a beach - Canoas na praia

Canoes on a beach.

 

Finally, for those who prefer the depths of the sea to the surface, you can also go scuba diving to observe marine life with fantastic landscapes and even some treasures. You can do it on the Azores and Madeira islands, or the mainland. The best continental locations are Matosinhos, Berlengas, Sagres, Portimão, Portinho da Arrábida and Ria Formosa.

Explore our country, there is so much to know and fun guaranteed for all tastes!

 


 

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