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Beach Soccer, also known as beach football, sand football 
or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand. The game emphasises skill, agility and accuracy in shooting at the goal. The sport has rapidly growing in popularity.

The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to a totally different style of play than is used in football, with a greater degree of improvisation.

The 2019 Euro Winners Cup was the seventh edition of the Euro Winners Cup (EWC), an annual continental beach soccer 
tournament for men's top-division European clubs. The tournament was held in NazaréPortugal 2019.

Source: beachsoccer.com & wikipedia.org

Beach soccer

Beach Soccer, also known as beach football, sand football 
or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand. The game emphasises skill, agility and accuracy in shooting at the goal. The sport has rapidly growing in popularity.

The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to a totally different style of play than is used in football, with a greater degree of improvisation.

The 2019 Euro Winners Cup was the seventh edition of the Euro Winners Cup (EWC), an annual continental beach soccer 
tournament for men's top-division European clubs. The tournament was held in NazaréPortugal 2019.

Source: beachsoccer.com & wikipedia.org

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. The objective of the game is to send the ball over the net and to ground it on the opponent's side of the court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent.
 

Beach volleyball is a fast and exiting game that achieved worldwide popularity as a summer sport, attracting both male and female fans. It’s an Olympic sport that continues to gain fans.

Here in Portugal you will often see groups of people playing just for fun and enjoyment on the many gorgeous beaches . Its an activity for all the family to enjoy and participate in, watching or playing its a Portucool activity.

Source: Portucool & wikipedia.org

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Biking is extremely popular here with the Portuguese and visiting tourists, you will definitely encounter cyclist of all ages clad in lycra pushing the pedal power. The climate in Portugal is great for cycling. The scenery and views you will encounter are stunning and jaw dropping, mountain hillsides and forests a wonderful range of scenery truly spectacular. Many people here cycle together and in clubs it's a great social activity enjoyed by many people of all ages and capabilities amongst us. Start exploring and see what you discover in this charming country, with hilltop villages with local cafes. 

 

Portugal beat off strong competition to be named "Europe's Leading Destination" in 2018 and 2017.

Photo: Chris Condor

Biking

Football

Football in Portugal is a very serious business and simply adored by most Portuguese people. The country host several top football stadium across the country giving the fans top facilities to enjoy this very sociable sport. Portugal has a very good reputation as being a strong competitor in the world of football. Portugal have won many international competitions and has become known for its offensive and crowd-pleasing play and is sometimes called Europe's brass.

 

The best know stadiums in Portugal are:

1. Estado do Dragão – Futebol Clube do Porto 

2. Estado da Luz – Sport Lisboa e Benfica

3. Estado José Alvalade XXI – Sporting Clube de Portugal

4. Estado Nacional do Jamor

5. Estado da Pedreira - Estádio Municipal de Braga

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Golf in Portugal has a strong presence and has numerous courses up and down the land. Of course the Algarve is the most well known as the climate here is never to cold, so it allows the avid follower to enjoy their passion all year long. Golfers come all year to Portugal, with rolling hills and stunning locations with the backdrop of Azul blue skies its must fill their hearts with joy as they step on to freshly manicured and extremely well maintained greens. Hopefully it will produce that most magical round of golf only in Portugal, a country with atmosphere, Atlantic prevailing winds and a large dash of charm.


Tee off and enjoy Portucool golf.

Photo: Chris Condor  

Golf

Gym

Exercise in Portugal is very popular and most towns or cities have a varied range of Gyms and health clubs. It's a great country to participate in activities indoors or out especially as the climate is normally kind. Portucool supports healthy activities and as a keen runner myself (Ashley) I'm always looking for other innovative ideas around exercise. What ever your goal is enjoy and keep it varied as this will help keep you motivated. My favourite saying around keeping healthy is mix it up and have fun.

 

Portucool is all about healthy innovative ways of keeping healthy and fit ENJOY and if you visit Portugal and wish to participate in going to a gym in the area your staying, Google or ask at the local tourist centre for advice in this area.

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Riding in Portugal is exciting and interesting as the countryside is so varied, with undulating hills to dramatic beaches and forests. Portugal has a wonderful climate making horse riding an idea activity for those horsey people amongst us. In central and northern areas of Portugal you will find lush countryside and rivers to enjoy whilst riding and in the south beautiful beaches and coastal areas to explore. The Alentajo area of Portugal you will enjoy orange and olive groves and a warm dry climate generally a stunning area to ride particularly in the spring.

 

Portugal has many places to ride so for the adventurous amongst us why not Google riding holidays in Portugal and see what you can find or if you just want a ride. Google local riding centres near where your staying. I'm a keen horse lover and nothing gives me more pleasure then seeing and spending time around horses. 

Horse riding

Mountain biking

With amazing views, thousands of trails and incredible landscapes between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, mountain biking in Portugal is a fun and spectacular experience.

Around Alcobaça and Nazaré are lots of beautiful and challenging trails. One moment you bike on the high rocks directly next to the sea, the next moment between the rolling field with fruit trees, in the forest or at steep slopes at the mountains till 600 metres height.

The Algarve is also an ideal location for mountain biking with 1000m extinct volcanoes 30kms away, vast natural parks on the west coast and endless dirt roads and singletrack surrounding Lagos.

Source: Portugalbike & The Mountain Bike Adventures

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Portugal is a super place to run with a great climate and stunning countryside all around you. It's a joy, with interesting scenery and wildlife – it's a runner's paradise. Many people tends to run in the forest and hillsides because is a delight with vibrant colours of Portucool all around you. 

 

Running is a great way to stay fit and with a healthy lifestyle it will help you reach your own goals. All you need is a pair of good running shoes and appropriate clothing and your good to go. If you are a beginner always seek advice from a professional or consult your physician before starting any new vigorous activity. Portugal like many countries you will find running clubs and societies that will help support you in your journey. Running is very popular in Portugal and like many countries you will find a great range of shops catering for your running needs.

Running

Tennis

In Portugal tennis is a very popular sport. Portugal has a great climate which enables people to play outdoors regularly. Tennis is a popular past time and is played by a wide section of people of all ages. Local parks have good facilities that the general public can use or hire courts. Portugal has many clubs and tennis associations to join. If you are looking for a tennis court for hire near you we suggest contacting the local tourist centre for advice or Google nearest courts for hire near you. People of Portugal take exercise seriously and you will always see people involved in there favourite sport in most towns or cities. Tennis is a great way to stay fit and agile as you will need great flexibility and vigour to participate in this sport. Portugal has a top Male tennis player called João Sousa and he is retarded by many to be the greatest Portuguese tennis player of all time. Serve an ace in Portucool!

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The ocean and beaches are full of all ages participating in some sort of water based activity. The most obvious and noticeable one is surfing with an abundance of places to practice.

 

Portugal has so many beaches to choose from and one of the most famous one is Nazaré on the west coast with endless beaches with incredible surf. For the more regular person it's best to Google beaches near you that are safe and easy to use. In Algarve you will find endless of children-friendly activities.

 

Canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding are also top activities here. So many types of water based activities to talk about but here in Portugal we are surrounded by ocean so I'm sure you will find the one that's right for you. Skiing, sailing and jet skis are also extremely popular here. 

Water based activities