Portugal is popular getaway for sun-starved Europeans and any traveler interested in beaches, culture and history. But don’t let the postcard pretty scenery fool you, there’s lots of adrenaline-fueled activities to experience in this captivating country. From climbing mountains to roaring down racetracks, Portugal has got enough high energy excursions to satisfy the most jaded visitor. For a dose of daring, check out these exhilarating Portugal activities.
Climb a mountain topped by a palace
Perched atop the Serra de Sintra, the crayon-colored Pena Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Portugal’s most iconic landmarks. Surrounded by a sprawling 494-acre forest, most tourists hop a bus to reach the top of the mountain where the palace is located, but more adventurous travelers can also hike it. The Sintra hills are steep and uneven but the lush vegetation and striking views make it worth it. Climb 850 feet to arrive at the jaw-dropping 19th century castle covered in painted tiles, carvings and religious iconography.
Race a Porsche down the Autodromo
After visiting the pristine beaches and fishing villages of the Algarve region, head to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, for some fast-paced fun.