The hills include excellent mountaineering and climbing options, including Serra da Estrela. Try climbing its 1,991 metre peak in spring for a truly sensation laden experience. And there are any of its 375 kilometres of paths to choose from taking you past granite edged lakes and down steep valleys. An excellent venue for abseiling, sliding or mountain biking.
The Centro de Portugal is home to both Mediterranean and Atlantic tree types and marks the transition between Portugal’s north and south. Make your choice: head to Linhares for the excellence of its hang gliding or try sliding in Serra do Caramulo over the valleys below.
In an area defined by its mountain profile, the rivers offer up the best in adrenaline packed challenge.
Try the thrill of rafting on the rapids of river Paiva, canyoning and much more in Serra da Arada, right by Arouca or, a little further to the south, any of the above on the river Alva, between the Serras do Açor and Lousã, also a favoured destination among mountain bikers. The Centro de Portugal is a great choice for any downhill gravity powered sport.
From the coastline over to the border, there is more adventuring to be had. Discover untouched landscapes, schist and granite villages, steep sided valleys and the indescribable beauty of nature. Savour the silence and feel the calm.