Portugal has finally been added to the UK’s Covid-19 safe travel list, meaning anyone travelling to Portugal will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Here are some of the best active holidays to book in Portugal whether you’re in search of a yoga retreat, surfing adventure or food, fun and fitness…
Best active holidays to book in Portugal
Food, fun and fitness
Quinta do lago resort Portugal, Algarve
From five star restaurants and stunning beaches, to world class tennis and a high performance gym, Quinta Do Lago Resort in Portugal is the place to fly to for great food, fun and fitness. If you are the type of person who likes to spend your vacation feasting on fresh seafood whilst watching the sunset at a chic restaurant with a glass of chilled white wine… Who loves to wake up early to enjoy a long run on the beach, followed by a hot and sweaty HIIT class so you can enjoy that Pina Colada and R&R time by the pool… Then the Quinta Do Lago Resort is the place for you. Read the full review here.
Yoga in the mountains
Vale de Moses, Amieira
A stunning Yoga Retreat in the Serra da Estrela mountains, nestled below the picturesque village of Amieira. Experience a 5 day programme with plenty of yoga, silent meditations through the forest, vegan cuisine, massages and wild swimming with mud baths (weather permitting). Specialist treatments can be booked in advance such as acupuncture, energy healing, Chinese Tui Na Massage – a deep tissue treatment and Indonesian massage. Meals at Vale de Moses are rich in pulses and grains, low in salt and high in fresh herbs and spices. Stay in a stone cottage or a deluxe tipi-style SoulPad in the woods. The perfect place to escape to for some peace and relaxation. Read the full review here.
Yoga and Surfing
Soul & Surf Portugal, Algarve
A surf and yoga holiday is the perfect active holiday to book now Portugal finally has an air corridor. This achingly cool surf and yoga retreat is based at a Portuguese Farmhouse “quinta” in the Algarve. By day experience a programme of yoga, surfing and massage, by night it’s a communal dining affair with stone baked pizzas and barbecues – not the typical restrictive vegan fare that you might expect at a yoga retreat. Surf at local spots including Porto de Mos – a sandy beach lined by beautiful limestone cliffs. The food at Soul & Surf Portugal is Ottolenghi-style packed with colourful salads and spicy dips. Perfect for a solitary escape, girl’s getaway or a romantic retreat that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, healthy, salty and sun-kissed. Read the full review here.
Family Surfing Trip
Surfer’s Lodge Peniche
A cosy chic boutique 4 star hotel, located in Baleal, Portugal, 5km across a vast bay from the town of Peniche. Beyond comfort and good vibes, at Surfer’s Lodge Peniche you’ll find high quality surf instruction, SUP adventures, bike tours and skateboards for hire. Local tennis and golf can be arranged too. The warm, comfortable vibe makes this a perfect place to bring the kids who can run around barefoot and carefree. Here, casual beats fancy and personal connection is most important. The friendly staff will know you by name and make sure you are always well taken care of. Read the full review here.
Water Sports & Forest Bathing
Hotel FeelViana Portugal (Viana do Castelo)
A sports hotel specialising in kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and biking. FeelViana is situated in a beautiful pine forest, with a vast beach a stone’s throw away. Scandinivian in its look and feel, the hotel sits harmoniously within its protected surroundings. Whether you’re into water sports or the spa, there’s something for everyone. The perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Indulge in a spot of forest bathing, unplug from your devices and recharge through nature. Read the full review here.
Luxury Nature Lover’s Paradise
Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira
Set in verdant gardens, surrounded by the raw, rugged beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, Belmond Reid’s Palace is the ultimate destination for healthy hedonists looking to master the art of balance. Hike to the pinnacle of the São Lourenço Peninsula, one of Madeira’s wildest wonders. Take a thrilling boat ride across the waves to Madeira’s Desertas Islands, keeping a look out for dolphins and whales on the way. Try your hand at windsurfing in the summer months, take a scuba diving class or head out deep-sea fishing. And when the work is done, stretch out in the sun, relax and indulge in Michelin star dining, a decadent afternoon tea and some much needed pampering. Review coming soon.
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Main image: Quinta do lago resort Portugal
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