Want to spend a different day with family, friends, or even co-workers? The Adventure Parks are an excellent option to do so and are full of challenging activities that will take you out of your comfort zone and, in some cases, test your adrenaline to the fullest. Paintballing, karting, tree climbing, bungee jumping, bubble football or feeling like “flying”... there are plenty of extreme activities to try. All About Portugal has prepared an itinerary with the best outdoor parks in the country, and you will be able to see that the offer is quite diversified and that it goes from Trás-os-Montes to the Algarve. Most have programs for families, groups, team building, bachelor parties or birthdays.
Diverlanhoso - Parque Aventura, Póvoa de Lanhoso
With an area of 170 hectares and an offer of more than 50 activities, it is presented as the largest Adventure Park in the entire Iberian Peninsula and also as one of the largest in Europe! For the fearless there are bungee jumping, pendulum jump or negative jump, in which participants can reach up to 14 meters height in less than a second. Fun and adrenaline are equally guaranteed with the suspension bridges, the Underground Labyrinth Mine, abseiling, climbing, paintballing, canyoning or rafting. This park located in the heart of Minho, very close to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, also has a panoramic restaurant that serves regional cuisine and several accommodation options among nature.
Picoto Park, Braga
The quick jump, in which the visitors launch themselves into the void and go into a free fall of 18 meters high until they progressively reach the ground, is one of the experiences that arouses strong emotions in this park. Located on a hill overlooking Braga, it offers a wonderful panoramic view over the city. Panoramic tree climbing circuit, slide, bumperball, zorb ball, in which participants enter giant inflatable balls with a diameter of three meters, climbing, paintball or target shooting are other available activities. For children from three years old on, there are trampolines, inflatables, pedal karts, mini-golf or the Eco Fun with its eco wheel and eco carousel, a wooden equipment, powered by a crank and without electricity consumption.
Pena Aventura, Ribeira de Pena
Have you ever imagined yourself “flying” at 150 meters high for more than a kilometer and a half? This is what you can do at fantasticable, the “star” of this park of recreational activities and adventure sports located in Ribeira de Pena, in the Vila Real district. Attached to a cable, the “brave ones” who accept this challenge can reach the speed of 130 kilometers per hour, in one of the greatest fantasticables in the world. Another popular activity - in what is one of the best Adventure Parks in the country - is the Alpine Coaster, where you can go up and down in toboggan-style cars along 700 meters full of curves and counter-curves. The range of activities is wide, and it goes from the crazy cart or big air jump (with jumps up to seven meters high to a giant inflatable mattress), to slide, climbing, paintball, adventure courses or rafting.
Azurara Parque Aventura, Vila do Conde
The possibility of taking a slide along 300 meters down is one of the attractions of this park of extreme activities, which perfectly combines adrenaline and nature. A set of extreme experiences linked to air, land and water are available. There are activities for all ages (from three on), and you can enjoy from the mini bridges to the 30-meter slides, the boat pool, the trampoline or horseback riding. For the older ones, there is archery and canoeing, tree climbing circuits, air bungee, rappelling, canoeing, stand-up paddle or treasure hunting (day and night). Paintball, canoe trips and extreme buoys are some of the activities that can be carried out by groups. The park is located close to the city of Vila do Conde, Rio Ave and Praia da Azurara and is also accessible by metro.
Fun Park, Ourém
Do you like to test your skills behind the wheel? This park located in the Center of Portugal, very close to Fátima, has several options of karts available, so you can have fun and accelerate safely. For adults, there are more traditional and more modern karts, both with 270 cubic centimeters engines, while youngsters can try out a beginner kart or test a two-seater kart, with someone older. There are also timed events for those who like competition. The ideal is to gather a group of at least 15 people. There are track commissioners, timekeeper and even sparkling wine for the podium. Other extreme activities available in this park are tree climbing, paintball, slide, climbing, abseiling or orienteering courses.
Megacampo Paintball & Adventure Park, Mafra
Paintball is the “specialty” of this 40-hectare park, located half an hour from Lisbon. It is considered the largest park in the Iberian Peninsula dedicated to this game with so many fans and it has 12 cinematographic scenarios to explore. The names are suggestive and range from Fort Apache, Vietnam, Iraq, Stonehenge, Kamikaze, Bridges on the River Kwai to the Lost Temple. For children from the age of three, there a lot of fun with water tube battles or sponge darts. There is also the possibility of practicing laser tag and airsoft and, those who prefer other types of activities, equally fun, can enjoy the mega-inflatables, sumo wrestling, the bootcamp challenge or the Himalayan bridge.
Parque Aventura Cova da Baleia, Mafra
In the same municipality, and not far away, is another of the Adventure Parks that we have included in this list and which has 60 thousand square meters dedicated to leisure, entertainment and outdoor adventure activities. If the two tree-climbing circuits, seven meters high, will test your courage, concentration and balance, paintball for adults and children is an excellent choice to reinforce team spirit and competitiveness. There are also climbing, slide, Tarzan jumping, scuba diving, archery or orienteering courses. For the little ones there is also an inflatable in the shape of a crocodile, human table football, cooperative games or a trampoline, which means lots of laughter.
Parque Aventura Sniper, Loures
Have you ever played football “equipped” with a giant, inflatable bubble? This is how bubble football works, and the goal is to play as a team and score as in traditional football, with the added interest of being able to knock down opponents without being punished. This is one of the most fun activities in this park located on the outskirts of Lisbon, which also has several paintball scenarios, from Vietnam to the Farwest. It is also possible to play at night, which adds difficulty and excitement. Rappel, slide, climbing, rope bridges, archery, human table football, bazooka ball or arrow tag are other extreme activities that you can try.
Adventure Park, Oeiras
“Guns” with a range of 70 meters are some of the attractive features of laser combat, an outdoor activity that helps to strengthen team spirit and define strategies. Each participant has an infrared weapon that shoots invisible beams and is equipped with sensors that capture the shots of the opponents. This is one of the experiences of this park located in the Complexo Desportivo do Jamor, close to the Stadium that usually hosts the final of the Portuguese Football Cup. There is also tree climbing, where you can explore the small forest or the mega circuit, one of the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, whose obstacles always end with a 200-meter slide. Canoeing and orienteering complete the range of activities available that promise fun and adrenaline-filled hours.
Parque Aventura, Lagos
Tree climbing and paintball are the two activities that you can find in this park, which is just another “proof” that the Algarve has a lot to offer in addition to the beaches. It's a great way to spend a different day and live a challenging experience with family or friends. In tree climbing, there are several courses and three levels, more or less demanding depending on the physical condition, experience and determination of those who accept the challenge of overcoming various obstacles between trees. Even children can test their strength and agility by being at least one meter tall and four years old. In terms of paintball, strong emotions will be all around with a field of about 2,500 square meters, full of natural and artificial obstacles. In the Algarve, there are also Adventure Parks in Albufeira and Vila Real de Santo António.