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Rock Climbing in Portugal

Discover the rugged terrain and enjoy stunning views from wherever your Portuguese rock climbing adventure takes you!

From the top of a seaside cliff in Algarve to a rugged crag in one of the country’s central mountains, there is plenty to climb and something for everyone. From alpine to trad climbing for beginners or experts, there is never a dull moment in this lovely Atlantic country!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Alisa Fayyad

5.00

September, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

10/10 would recommend this guided climb. It was so fun & I felt super safe with Joao. He was very knowledgeable and encouraging but knew when to push you a bit!

Robert Dixon

5.00

September, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Joao was the perfect guide, really knowledgeable, good banter, felt safe with him and had a great day's climbing 👍

Kristian Mømb

5.00

August, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Superb!

Quint Finney

4.00

August, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

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Sofie Skjelstad Jensen

5.00

July, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

We had the perfect morning climbing with João, it felt safe and he tailored the trip to our level of experience. Due to fire hazard in the mountains we spent the morning scaling the cliffs of Cascais. Would highly recommend him as a guide!

Liza Lozar Zajec

5.00

July, 2022

Family-Friendly Rock Climbing in Cascais, Portugal

I had a really good time climbing with Joao. I’m a beginner but I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t at least try to climb in Portugal. It was tough but really fun and Joao is a great instructor and motivator. I would defintetly go again if I had the time :)

Chris Ashurst

5.00

July, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Had a great day climbing with Joāo. Ticked some awesome routes and couldn’t have asked for a better guide!

Rachel Krol

5.00

July, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

As someone who fairly recently started indoor climbing and has done only the occasional outdoor climbing over the years this was a great experience. A lovely afternoon/evening climbing on the coast (and dipping in the sea) close to Cascais. Joao was experienced, knowledgeable and relaxed – making for a very good guide. I am very glad I took the opportunity to go and I recommend to others too. Thank you!

Jody Tam

5.00

June, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Joao was an amazing guide with great passion and knowledge about climbing, the nature and the surrounding history. It was a top experience, we had a lot of fun. A perfect way to see the town from a different perspective!

Charles Minerd

5.00

June, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

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Andrea Mok

5.00

June, 2022

Rock climbing in Sagres, Portugal in the Algarve (Cape St. Vincent)

Our guide Jon was amazing. He made us feel very comfortable on the rocks and was very encouraging. We appreciated the fact that he didn't rush us and let us start/end when we wanted. Would definitely recommend hitting him up if you're ever looking for an adventure! Explore-share wasn't the easiest to navigate and the trip described wasn't completely accurate (breakfast, lunch and dinner was not included like mentioned). Regardless we are happy with the trip.

JENNIFER TYSON

5.00

May, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Amazing adventure and Joao was a fantastic guide - very safe, knowledgeable and made everything fun!

Lilla Farkas

5.00

April, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

João was an attentive and expert guide, we went for a half-day climbing experience in the Cascais area. He knows the area like the back of his hand, we would love to book with him again.

Michelle Ringuette

5.00

April, 2022

Rock climbing in Sagres, Portugal in the Algarve (Cape St. Vincent)

The service was responsive and easy, but I am really writing to rave about the guide. Jonathan was serious and thoughtful as an instructor. He was also incredibly interesting, and he treated my 15-year old like a person, using the opportunity to communicate larger life lessons through the discipline of rock climbing. It makes me want to come back to the Algarve for our next vacation.

Francesco Gulotta

5.00

January, 2022

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

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Lies Janssen

5.00

November, 2021

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Joao was the perfect guide. Very solution minded when our trip got cancelled several times due to covid. Responsible guide with loads of experience who got my daughter to flash a 6c+!

PATRICIA MACHADO

4.00

October, 2021

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

João was an excellent guide!! We had an amazing morning climbing at the coast in Cascais, I was able to improve my skills and my brother felt encouraged at his first ever climbing experience. Great view and great experience.

rose91@hotmail.dk Rasmussen

5.00

October, 2021

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Very nice private lecture and guided tour with just me and João.

Dynph ten Haaf

5.00

September, 2021

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

We had the best day bouldering with João! He is very patient, knowledgeable and fun, and has given us amazing technique tips. 10/10 recommended!!!

Yoann ANGLADE

5.00

August, 2021

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

A perfect day with Joao, the best climbing guide I have ever had !! He proposed us beautiful routes that suits our different styles and helped us to improve our weaknesses by giving us good advices. Thank you very much for helping me with my fear of highs and see you soon for more climbing 😁

Ken Suong

5.00

August, 2021

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

I had a fantastic time! Joāo is very knowledgeable and gave me pointers on how to improve my climbing along with introducing me to the bouldering playground in Cascais and keeping me safe. Highlight of my trip!

Neil Connell

5.00

July, 2021

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

Was a great experience, Joao was super helpful, super friendly, couldn't recommend more, absolutely fantastic

Phoebe Fliakos

5.00

July, 2021

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

João was a great guide and went out of us way to make the experience accessible and fun/challenging for my 16 year-old son, who had an unforgettable time. Obrigada!

Arnaud Depoorter

5.00

October, 2020

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

Incredible experience. I went with 2 friends and we had a great time with Joao. He is a real expert in this discipline, really cool guy and patient to explain and help you with the techniques involved. I really recommend this tour for everyone. We were beginners and managed to boulder rocks sitting down because of the tips that Joao provide us. Also want to acknowledge Explore Share management and customer service, they were always available to help us with our inquiries. Simply great!

Eliza Hagens

5.00

October, 2020

Rock Climbing Portugal, 5-day trip in Algarve

We had a very good time on the 5-day climbing trip. We added a theory part to this trip and turned it more into a course: it was great and we learned a lot. Andre and Ricardo are very skilled and great people to spend the days with. The locations are beautiful with routes for many levels. Would for sure recommend this trip!

Jack Feather

5.00

August, 2020

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

João was friendly and charming from the very beginning through to the end. He was a very good and experience guide and he was also a fun guy to hang around with. The climbing experience was nothing short of amazing, climbing on cliffs met with the sea, an amazing view to go with the rewarding feeling of getting that climb you have tried a few times. All the kit and equipment is of high quality, and as a group of 10 climbers, we all came out very happy. Thank you !

Salvatore Cerchione

5.00

August, 2020

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Joao is an amazing rock climber and a great guide! Amazing in managing the group. My kids 16/14 both were pushed beyond their levels thanks to joao coaching tips and good vibe! Location ls stunning! Prime limestone over the crushing waves!

Joey Clark

5.00

October, 2019

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

Joao was excellent. He did a great job catering to our climbing ability. Plus he was a cool guy.

Anh Tran

5.00

September, 2019

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

João was a great guide and really personalized the routes based on our previous experience with outdoor climbing. He showed us some great routes on the seaside cliffs in Cascais, which also provided a beautiful view.

Nic Redfern

5.00

August, 2019

Bouldering in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, near Lisbon (Half-day)

João was a great guide, knew the area extremely well and was able to pick boulder problems well suited to our level ensuring we were challenged. He provided encouragement and advice that and encouragement that improve our performance.

Melanie W.

5.00

August, 2019

Rock climbing day in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, close to Lisbon

I've greatly enjoyed my climbing trip to Cascais with instructor Joao. He assessed and tailored the climbing session to my skill and ability, taught me some new skills and fact and ensured climbing was fun, informative and challenging. I would definitely book again with him.


 

There are many reasons for choosing Rock Climbing in Portugal

From the stunning sea cliffs south of Lisbon and along the southern coast to the majestic mountains in the center of the country, there is plenty of amazing scenery to see all of this small yet diverse country. Take a week or two off and come explore as much of it as you can. Head out to a legendarily high-quality beach before you leave too.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+351

Currency:

Euro

Language:

Portuguese

Best time to visit:

May to September

How to get there:

Depending on whether you are visiting the north or south of the country, you will want to fly into the international airports at Lisbon (LIS) or Porto (OPO). From there, the rest of the country is pretty well connected by bus

What’s the weather like?

During the summer, Portugal has great weather. The average temperature sits around mid-20s, and occasionally 30ºC. The mountains in the north tend to be cooler than the south, but the south is usually windier. Rain is quite infrequent throughout the country during the summer

More info about Rock Climbing in Portugal:

Located on the westernmost portion of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal coastal country with a strong rock climbing tradition. Once you get here, you will certainly see why. There are innumerable opportunities for all kinds of thrilling and scenic climbs. Head out to one of the numerous natural parks that dots the countryside. Here you will find excellent routes, or you can make your own. With 10 parks all over the country, there is plenty to explore and even more to climb. If you have the time after your trip, be sure to head out either to Madeira (where there are more rock climbing opportunities as well) or to one of the country’s legendary beaches to enjoy some sun, surf and sand!

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