"Sportugal" Portugal Sports & Outdoors Tip by SonOfLusus

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The province of Algarve has gained the nickname of 'Sportugal.' Portugal is now one of Europe's top golf destinations. Its world-class golf courses around Lisbon and Algarve now attract visitors from all over the world. Just as popular, but among surfers, are the beaches on the western Atlantic coast. The beaches of Ericeira for example, have held world surfing championships. Fans of that sport should also check out the nearby waters of Peniche and Santa Cruz.

For those who like to go under the water instead, there are opportunities for such activities in the islands of the Azores, where visitors can also go whale-watching. In the mainland, boats also take visitors to the waters south of Lisbon to watch dolphins in their natural habitat.

And although Portugal is known for its mild Mediterranean climate, it does snow in the interior to the north. The area of Serra da Estrela is a mountainous region that is growing as a winter destination with skiing facilities.

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  • Written Feb 24, 2004
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