Located in the far southwest of Europe with about 3000 hours of sun per year and about 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the right place to take action. This country has a great diversity of landscapes, natural environments, cultural heritage, traditions, leisure activities and amazing food that differ by region.
We offer a different range of activities all around Portugal (including its islands) allowing students to get to know the country. Together with our partner Pestana Hotel Group we provide students and teachers with accommodation in the most historical and iconic properties near to the sights where activities will take place.
North RegionThe Mountain Side
The Mountain Side is the region where Portugal was born as a nation. The north is full of mountains and natural parks, and is known for its historical heritage such as castles, shrines, churches, rural villages and chapels.
The characteristics of this region allow us to offer a set of activities focused on culture and nature.
Flying above a valley while enjoying a stunning view, jumping from canyon to canyon, walking through the forest;going down a roller coaster or taking a hike through the Natural Parks of the north is what you can expect from this adrenaline-pumping experience..
Students will have the opportunity to visit places such as Viana do Castelo, Natural Park of Peneda-Gerês, Ribeira de Pena, Aveiro and Porto. The journey to the different locations where the activities will take place lasts approximately 1 to 2 hours by bus, from Porto.
The CenterVillages & Castles
Coming to the centre of Portugal you will be presented with a region full of history where a few of the places were considered world heritage by UNESCO.
At Berlengas students will be able to go on a camping expedition and learn camping skills, visit the caves while doing Stand-up Paddle (SUP), while learning and contributing to the wealth of this unique ecosystem In Campo Aventura Júnior Park there is no room for annoyance. Guided by professional monitors, students will get the chance to engage with activities such as surfing, karts, laser tag, paintball, orienteering; among other activities, while building strong relationships and team spirit.
In addition, they will be able to travel back in time and visit historical towns and castles like Óbidos - which once defended the Portuguese nation – and stay at Óbidos Walls Pousada, located far from the city centres, which offers amazing conditions to receive youth groups.
LisbonThe Capital City
The capital, Lisbon, is surrounded by amazing and distinct places. The center of Lisbon is full of artists who perform in the streets; to the west is Cascais, characterized by its palaces, small towns, beaches and mountains; to the northwest is Sintra, with beautiful and romantic views; and to the south is Setúbal, an ideal place to spot dolphins.
The programme combines plenty of activities from outdoor and adventure sports, to cultural tours, environmental workshops, and volunteering projects; that allow schools to choose different options among type of activity and location. By participating in these activities, students develop new skills and commit to the environment.
AlgarveThe Nautical Destination
Located in the very south of Portugal, it is mainly surrounded by beautiful beaches, framed by golden cliffs, stunning landscapes, and provides a great variety of accommodation and entertainment.
Artur Watersports Academy challenges you to try different water sports like sailing, windsurf, kayaking, wakeboard, stand up paddle, water sky, and ecological tours guided by professional biologists who will teach you about the importance of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and about the local biodiversity.
If you are looking for something more land based there is also the opportunity to hike or bike through the different routes of Vicentine Coast where the wild and natural beaches, the dunes and cliffs are the main attraction.