What to do in Oporto during the Autumn and the Winter?

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The winter is coming!

This is the motto of House Stark, the lords of the north of Westeros from the Game of Thrones, but here in the north of Portugal it will not be so sinister as in the series because we are always prepared to receive the cold season of the year.

Let's talk about your Winter in Oporto and what you can do if you choose to come at this time of the year.

From October to March/April it is very likely that you will have to travel with a raincoat or a winter jacket and waterproof footwear. During the Autumn and Winter it's not cold in Oporto but you will get steady rain. Nothing that will stop you to seize the city and the surrounding areas. So what will happen is that you will get the lowest prices in accommodation, no queues to visit all the best spots in town and you will be able to see more for much less time and money than during the summer time.

What to do in Oporto during the low season?

As green panthers, we love Nature, come hell or high water! Our first suggestions for outdoor activities are:

Rafting

Rain doesn't stop us to do rafting...the buzz is so high that no one notices is even raining.

Rafting is the perfect Rafting is the perfect plan if you are coming to Oporto with a group of friends or family from October until May.

After the adrenaline rush follows the hot bath with a stop in a very typical restaurant where you will eat and drink the most authentic meal from Portuguese gastronomy.

Did it rain? I didn't even notice!

Hiking

The Autumn colors in Peneda – Gerês National Park are simply magic and to walk in Albergaria forest is breathtaking. On the other hand, the rivers, cascades and lagoons fill up with energy from the water and the sound of it running remains in our minds even when the track is over.


Albergaria forest, Vilarinho das Furnas, Arado waterfalls, several viewpoints in so many different places for you to see and constantly be surprised! In the end you can end up your day in soothing hot springs... Are you ready to be in the warm springs even with rain?

You will need waterproof boots and a certain amount of madness! To embark in this epic adventure in autumn/ winter is to take the risk of doing the most unforgettable experience of your life!

Birdwatching

Did you know that near Oporto there are spots to watch more than 160 species of birds all year round?

For more information go to our website: www.northbirdingtours.com

In the city

Oporto is a city where the main attractions are relatively near from each other. To walk even with rain is an option however the city has a metro, tram and bus that help you to get around.

Cafés, taverns, museums, art galleries and many other options for you to visit us at any time of the year.

Now you know: if you are a nature lover, do not hesitate to send us your special request or ask us anything you need to know to:

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The winter is coming! But nothing will stop you from traveling to Porto.

 

Author: Carla Couto
(Oporto Adventure Tours owner)

Kayaking in Peneda–Gerês National Park

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The best thing of landing in Porto is to visit the north of Portugal!

Peneda-Gerês is the one and only National Park in Portugal and it is just an hour away from Porto.

Settled in 1971, it was the first protected landscape area in Portugal, with a preserved fauna an flora maintaining it's cultural traditions for centuries on this mountainous region. It's one of the places in Portugal where you can find the most authentic villages, with customs and practices lasting until the present day.

There are so many things you can do here like 4x4, canyoning, hiking, wild swimming, paddling, learning our culture directly from it's source: the locals.

If you choose to join us at Oporto Adventure Tours, we can assure you that you will do more than one activity in a day!

Our purpose is easy peasy: we want you to start loving Gerês as much as we do!

Do you like kayaking?

It is so easy and fun that you don't need a great physical shape or Kayak training to do it.

Peneda-Gerês National Park is your green getaway in Oporto area!

Right now you are thinking: kayaking is the same in every part of the world. But what makes Gerês special?

It's a unique landscape, namely the green mountains, the golden sand in the fluvial beaches, the white bridges, the fresh air one breathes and the pleasure of only listening our own heart and the row oaring in the brisk water.

Close your eyes... and imagine yourself surrounded by natural beauty.

Rowing down the streams and stopping by a fluvial beach far away from everything and everyone and then swim, relax. Isn't that what you're looking for when you think of your holidays?

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Author: Carla Couto
(Oporto Adventure Tours owner)

Oporto: the gateway to Stand Up Paddle in the outstanding rivers of northern Portugal

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Stand Up Paddle has recently become our new passion. It chooses no ages and it is a great family activity. It is so easy to learn that will get under your skin. For us, the main difference between kayaking and paddling can be compared to riding a car and a bike. When we paddle we see more, we smell more, we feel free.

Best spots for stand up paddle around Oporto

Paddling at Peneda - Gerês National Park: the great adventure in the midst of a burgeoning nature in one of the 5 most beautiful parks in Europe!

This national park has peculiar fluvial beaches that assemble all the conditions to learn how to paddle and it's natural landscape makes it the perfect spot to practice this activity.

Gerês is an ode to an evergreen nature reflected on the streams, where you have big fishes swimming under your board and being in this park means ending your day in a waterfall or in a lagoon's natural spa

Paddling in the Vineyards of Douro Valley

Douro's vineyards are a magnificent landscape, recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage.

The best spot for paddling is Tua, a great place during the Autumn and Spring. Let yourself marvel with the incredible slopes of this region.

Paddle in Douro Nature Park... alone with vultures!

Imagine paddling with vultures circling around you! This happens in the border between Portugal and Spain but do not fear being taken under a vulture's wing! These birds are an essential part of the landscape composed by 60 meter high slopes.

This park is the furthest place from Oporto, but going there is worth the effort as one will watch birds of prey flying high (vultures, eagles and griffons).

Paddle in Douro River: an eccentric way of crossing the 6 bridges of Porto

Seeing Oporto from a paddle board in the middle of a river is an amazing experience. However doing it requires some expertise. The boats flow produce waves that demand some experience to control de balance. Still and all crossing D. Luís bridge is the most remarkable experience that we have had until now. It's is really something unique.

As mentioned before, paddle is our new “beloved child” and we are well equipped with guides and knowledge capable of delivering the ultimate paddle experience.

We hope you start loving paddle as much as we do!

If you wish to undertake your adventure with Oporto Adventure Tours write us to :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Author: Carla Couto
(Oporto Adventure Tours owner)

Oporto: the perfect destination for extreme adventure sports

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Are you an active person, looking for your next adventure?

If so, you should definitely consider coming to Oporto and explore the north of Portugal.

Canyoning tour

If you like canyoning as much as we do, you will find in Oporto a wide variety of rivers that offer the most incredible experiences for canoyning lovers. It is a perfect scenario to plunge into the wells and cascades from different heights, doing slide rappel and enjoy canyoning down the most wild rivers.

Oporto Adventure Tours provides a pick-up service with an accredited guide holding the best equipment (including special boots to enjoy the river) so you can come, hop on, hop off and live it up!

More information at : http://www.oportoadventuretours.com/canyoning

Rafting tour

If you are looking for an extra buzz of adrenaline, Paiva river is located in a canyon and it is one of the most sparkling waterways in Europe.

Rafting in this watercourse is breathtaking even with rain and it is an exciting winter sports activity that will make your heart race.

Available tours: http://www.oportoadventuretours.com/rafting


Stand up paddle tour

Fancy the feeling of being alone with nature?

In our rivers you will have the opportunity to enjoy the balance of stand up paddling whilst contemplating the astonishing Peneda-Gerês National Park. It requires a calmer motion but it is as intense as any other action sports activity.

Stand up paddle has this spellbind that dazzles all the adrenaline addicts. It triggers that feeling of finding oneself in nature.

Available tours: http://www.oportoadventuretours.com/kayak-tour

Kitesurf & Surf

The best spot you will ever find for kitesurfing in Europe in just around the corner. We will show you Esposende: a lovely seaside town within 50 km from Oporto. This beach has the perfect conditions for all levels of kitesurfers and surfers. Pick-up service available to curl up in the waves of a practically deserted beach.

Check it out here: http://www.kookproof.com

Paragliding tour

Have you ever dreamed about flying? 


We would like to take you with us to experience the unique feeling of freedom of flying high in the sky so you can gaze at the mesmerizing view of Serra do Alvão. It is a truly unforgettable moment.

With your eagle-eyes you will see a great green pyramid that seems like a flower hill and that gives it the name: Farinha Mountain, also known as Lady of Grace. It is a slope that soars in east Mondim de Basto town, located in the midst of Douro, Minho and Trás-os-Montes provinces. One can access the top of the hill by road. This activity may be subject to weather conditions, but having the opportunity to fly for the first time is something one should not miss.

More information at : www.parapentedebasto.com

Why is Porto the best choice for action sports?

1. Low-cost flights all year round.
2. Excellent accommodation and warm people.
3. The spots for extreme adventure sports are nice and small locations; the best alternative to explore and live the authenticity of Portugal.
4. After the intensive activities we provide a typical delicacy experience. We are well known for being foodies so we want to introduce you to our diverse gastronomy. We are sure your mind will blow out!

Are you ready to land in Porto?

We are waiting for you!

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Author: Carla Couto
(Oporto Adventure Tours owner)

5 reasons why Porto is the perfect environment for your team building activities

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Porto is a special destination for company’s gatherings and to prepare your team for the next level of management.

If you are thinking of improving your co-workers performance or simply reward them for a great year, Porto is the right choice  for you!

1.       The city itself is the perfect turf for bonding experiences, but if you want something special you have to meet northern Portugal’s fabulous nature.

Peneda-Gerês National Park is just an hour away and it’s the perfect scenery for your company meeting, allowing your associates to know each other better and to connect with themselves and their colleagues.

Recent studies proved that nature activities allow people to be more productive and creative.

2.       The immense beauty of canyoning, the team spirit of rafting, the coordination in a  kayak, the liberty of riding a bike, or even the amazing and rich conversations on a simple hike, guarantees a lot of fun to your team while jumping and relaxing in clear and pristine natural swimming pools.

In Gerês we have a lot of different activities available to you and we are always ready to design a journey for you.

3.       You, as a manager, are used to have a complete overview of what’s going to happen to achieve the desired results. Let us handle it. We have the inside knowledge, the right contacts, amazing suppliers, and the perfect places to create a unforgettable experience.

We will talk things through with you so you can dedicate your time to your team and have a perfect day.

4.       The mountains are perfect and so is the food. Centuries of food tradition are available for you to create the perfect break at the middle of the day or to finish up a great day.  A variety of different dishes is available so you can restore your energy and be ready for the next step. Food is also one of the best ways of connecting people.

Just imagine, a huge table filled with an assortment of different dishes, in a terrace overviewing the mountains, and a glass of cold white wine… Nourishes body and soul for sure.

5.       There’s only one way of achieving this, with a perfect host. You need someone who’s used to manage things, almost like your right arm. Someone knowledge about the whole process, about the places and the activities, that knows the plan and anticipates problems and has a quick and reliable solution. Picking you up at your accommodation and present all the way, he will be there making sure that everything is on the right track.

Visit Porto. Visit Gerês. Organize team building activities in Nature with Oporto Adventure Tours!

Author: Ricardo Brochado

(Oporto Adventure Tours guide)