Water sports you can practice in Portugal

Do you like the sea and a little adventure? Get to know the many water sports you can practice in Portugal.

One of the best known and practised sports in Portugal is surfing. You can find the ideal conditions for surfing on various beaches across the country, such as: Espinho (Aveiro), Cabedelo (Figueira da Foz), North Beach (Nazareth), Peniche (Leiria), Ericeira (Mafra), Carcavelos (Lisbon), Sagres (Algarve), as well as Arrifana and Amado beaches on the Vincentian Coast. In Madeira, you also have the Paúl do Mar beach.


Two girls on a beach with surfboards - Duas meninas na praia com pranchas de surf

Two girls on a beach with surfboards.


For many of the beaches located in Nazaré, Viana do Castelo, Algarve and Azores, in addition to surfing, is also common to practice kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding.

Along the Algarve coast, the practice of tubing is very common. The buoys and mattresses pulled by boats or watercraft are present in almost all concessioned beaches. On these sides, you can also find people parasailing and flyboarding!


People kitesurfing - Pessoas praticando kitesurf

People kitesurfing.


It is also possible to do paddle, wakeboarding and water skiing on beaches, lagoons and dams all over the country. In Azenhas da Seda – Aquaturismo, you can do sports like canoeing, canoe raft, hydrospeed and soft-canyoning in a river surrounded by field and rocks.

Recently came the Jet Boat, a high-speed jet boat that dives slightly into the water and makes everyone wet. It already exists in some places such as the Lagos and Albufeira marinas and the Porto pier.


Canoes on a beach - Canoas na praia

Canoes on a beach.


Finally, for those who prefer the depths of the sea to the surface, you can also go scuba diving to observe marine life with fantastic landscapes and even some treasures. You can do it on the Azores and Madeira islands, or the mainland. The best continental locations are Matosinhos, Berlengas, Sagres, Portimão, Portinho da Arrábida and Ria Formosa.

Explore our country, there is so much to know and fun guaranteed for all tastes!



Are you looking for student accommodation in Portugal? Talk to us! We have verified student rooms and apartments to rent in Lisbon, Évora and Porto! Book your accommodation online in our student housing platform.


Looking for something else?

Rent Rooms in Lisbon