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Sports / Rugby Tour to Portugal

Sophie Webber, BA


Rugby Tour to Portugal

Embark on a rugby tour abroad to Portugal, the sunny gem of Europe.

If you have been considering a Rugby tour to Portugal, the beautiful country which is bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, then you have come to the right place. Portugal boasts extremely beautiful scenery, both chilled and lively vibes, and an array opportunities for fun. Touring Portugal is an absolute must.

This ultimate guide provides incredibly useful information on Lisbon, the Algarve, beaches, activities and Portugal Rugby Tours; everything you need for a great sports tour abroad.

Sports / Rugby Tour to Lisbon

Lisbon, the beautiful Mediterranean city with a beautifully unique character.

The Portuguese capital offers both an ultra-laid-back vibe during the heat of the day, and a lively atmosphere after the sun goes down.

This stunning part of Portugal is one of the most up and coming cities in Europe. This is only proven further as CNN rate it as one of Europe’s coolest cities.

Let’s take a quick walk through the Portuguese capital to give you a taste of what you can expect when visiting the city. The city is bursting with colourful pastel buildings, beautiful ceramic tiles, balconies that hang over the sun-kissed cobbled streets, traditional ministries and majestic architecture. If you wander around the narrow streets you will discover an array of restaurants, cafes serving delicious pastries – bliss.

After the sun goes to sleep and the city cools down, Lisbon’s laid-back vibe is transformed in to a lively atmosphere, a place to socialise and a city ready for you to make some unforgettable memories.

With Lisbon International Airport located in the city, and only a 2 hr 30 minute journey from London, there is no easier way fly and start tour Portugal’s treasures.

Rua Nova Do Carvalho (Pink Street): the place to be after dark until dawn.

The best bars and clubs in Lisbon

The clubbing scene in Lisbon has certainly taken off in the past few years, making the city to be a party hotspot.

The capital of Portugal’s character persists through the night as the bars fill up and the people come out to socialise. The Bairro Alto area is the sweet spot in Lisbon. It is the place where stresses are forgotten and where party-goers head to experience the best nights. The area is buzzing as hundreds of bars open their doors until late. There is no need to stay in one place all night, as the Bairro Alto area is perfect for a mini ‘bar hopping’ adventure. You only have to travel a short distance to and fro across the cobbled streets to discover a new place with a different vibe.

If you want to go a little harder, staying up long past others have retired, how about spending your Saturday night dancing on the terrace of Lisbon’s most popular super-club? Club Lux is where the party goers flock until the sun rises.

We know the importance of an exciting nightlife when on tour!


The best beaches near Lisbon

Portugal boasts over 270 sunny days a year, so there is no shortage of days to bronze and even out those t-shirt tan lines.

There are a variety of gorgeous golden sandy beaches, all of which are close and accessible from Lisbon. The beach hotlist is:

The Serra de Sintra Coastline has rugged beaches which have a natural beauty and even better surf. Most of the beaches on this coastline are almost untouched by tourist developments. The most renowned and popular to check out would be Praia de Guincho, a beautifully natural beach with a wild side.

The Costa da Caparica Coastline has golden sands which stretch over a lengthy 15km. The beaches are of an extremely high quality and many have beach bars, although slightly more developed, these beaches are not spoilt. There are regular buses to and from Lisbon, meaning you can get away and back to the city with ease.

The Serra da Arrábida Coastline is encompassed by steep rolling hills and crystal clear blue waters. Although the furthest away from Lisbon, its sheer beauty is enough to make it worth a visit. You can experience the ultimate chilled out day before heading back to the city for a night out drinking and socialising with your peers and the locals.

The best excursions in Lisbon

Everyone wants something different out of their Portuguese sports tour. If you are someone who appreciates the arts then take a trip to one of the most important theatres in the country, The Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. This theatre is located in the Rossio square, in the centre of Portugal. Its monumental exterior and incredibly striking performances are important to the culture of Lisbon.

Take in the beauty of the Portuguese capital whilst visiting one of Lisbon’s oldest and biggest monuments, The Aguas Livres Aqueduct. This marvel was built to bring water from Sintra and incredibly managed to avoid devastation by the 1755 earthquake which spoilt most of the city. It has an awe striking view of the Alcantara Valley, Lisbon on one side and Monsanto Forest on the other. It’s well-worth the walk.

Of course, what is culture without the mention of food? The Time Out Market Lisboa is a food mecca which will satisfy hunger cravings with traditional Portuguese cuisine. Although only open since 2014, it is now named the biggest attraction in the city and brings in 2 million visitors a year.

Sports activities in Lisbon

Lisbon offers a wide variety of heart racing and fun activities which you can try out for yourself.

Coasteering is one of the ultimate fun excursions, and is possible on the coastline of Sesimbra. This is an activity which you could brave alone, or get a group of your peers to enjoy the adventure with you. There is no better way to heal that hangover from the night before than elegantly (or not so) swimming, climbing and jumping your way across the coast and making some unforgettable memories in the process.

If coasteering isn’t your thing then there are other water sporting activities which you can try out in Lisbon including surf lessons, fishing and sunset boat tours, so there is something for everyone.

Fancy a spot of Golf in the sunshine? If a more tranquil activity appeals more to you, then golf the perfect choice. The centre of Portugal has earned the title as one of the best places to play golf in Europe. The eye capturing scenery and hot weather certainly does make wandering leisurely around the golf course whilst also soaking up the sun sound appealing! Club de Golfe Belavista is a Gold club in Lisbon which is found right in the centre, and only a five minute commute from the airport.

Sports / Rugby to the Algarve

Click here to see the beauty of the Algarve, and the difference of the region compared to Lisbon.

The Algarve, located in the Southern region of Portugal, is the absolute postcard perfect destination. The region has those enticing long white sandy beaches, beautifully blue waters and an edgy scenery with dramatic cliffs and rows of citrus trees.

Whether you want to put your feet up and just absorb the sweltering Portuguese climate, or go on a more lively adventure, the Algarve is the ideal part of Portugal to visit.

Faro is the regional capital, and where most travellers will fly in to before carrying on to their chosen holiday destination within the Algarve. With Portuguese public transport being relatively low budget, this journey doesn’t cause too much of a stress on the pockets.

A peek down Albufeira's Strip: Cheap booze galore with plenty of big nights to be had.

Sports / Rugby Tour to Albufeira

Albufeira, the winning choice of destination when pondering where to spend your tour-time in Portugal.

Now one of the largest beach destinations in Europe, this part of the Algarve boasts over 25 beaches, leaving you spoilt with choice and proving itself as the hotspot for a sunny break. The coastal city’ popularity is proved by its sell-out summer last year.

Albufeira has the sweet combination of the relaxation element and the lively aspect of its own strip. Uniquely, the city has both a lively strip AND an Old Town District. Experience the two extremes as you take in the historic beauty and plazas of the Old Town District, then head to the strip for entertainment any hour of day.

The coastal city should be top of your list if you want a holiday with a buzz, a more relaxed atmosphere, or, the best of both.

Extremely close and accessible from Albufeira is the theme park complex Slide and Splash. Picture a day full of splashing around, carelessly slipping and sliding down an array of huge slides; releasing that inner child we all have itching to come out!

If you are a little more reserved, preferring not to throw yourself down slides and tunnels, Albufeira modern marina is packed with offer for diving trips, boat trips and dolphin watching. Glorious.

The best excursions in the Algarve

Need a little inspiration on how to spend your holiday time whilst in the Algarve? With an abundance of sea to play with, there’s no shortage of water-related activities:

Lagos Kayak and Snorkel Trips – Lagos is a historic but lively city located the Algarve’s coastline. The city offers the opportunity to Kayak and Snorkel to your hearts content.

Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip – This boat trip is for those who like to live life a little more energetically. You embark on a two hour adventure in a speed boat from Albufeira. It is the ultimate way to see the Algarve coastline.

Jet Ski Rental from Vilamoura – Jet Skiing is often the top of people’s lists to do. You can hire a jet-ski from the coastal town, seeing Portugal’s stunning coastline the most exciting way possible.

Portugal is unquestionably the European city with the coolest vibe. Whether you choose the unique and happening city of Lisbon, or choose to venture further South to the beautiful Algarve on your travels, you’ll experience the best of the sunny destination.

Rugby in Portugal

Rugby in Portugal is going from strength to strength, and there is an increasing interest in rugby union in the capital.

Nielson Sports conducted a study on behalf of World Rugby has found that the number of rugby fans in the six markets surveyed has grown by 16.83 million as a result of the sport’s inclusion in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and this is therefore no exception in Portugal.

Portugal has a semi-professional league and an abundance of clubs providing for a wide range of activities. The national rugby team also qualified for their first World Cup in 2007 and could be accountable for the growth of interest in the sport of rugby as whole in Portugal.

Portugal has recently become a popular tour destination for rugby teams, adding another reason why the country is undoubtedly the place to visit and perfect for teams stuck on rugby tour ideas. A rugby tour in Portugal allows the incredible opportunity for squads to take on Portuguese teams – awarding both the chance to play a sport in another culture, and improve the keen rugby player’s game.

A renowned sporting event in Portugal is The Algarve Rugby Festival. This festival offers the opportunity for international rugby teams to test out their rugby skills on each other, located in the marvellous Lisbon University Stadium Complex.

Want to find out more about this incredible festival? Check it out for yourself:

Key information for Portugal

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