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Paragliding in Porto da Cruz, Machico, Madeira Portugal

Elevation (take off):
732m / 2400ft
Elevation (landing):
14m / 45ft
Paragliding is an adventurous sport, that gives you the opportunity to fly like a bird and get amazing views of landscape from the sky. You can feel the veil of the clouds embracing your body. You may feel you wanna scream loud "freedom" and hear the echo of your voice. The fresh air is flirting with your face while the adrenaline you feel by being up there makes the mountains, the trees and the stones begging you to take your place on the ground, only for one moment.

So, if you want to find this combination of feelings, then you should visit Porto da Cruz. It’s located at the northeastern corner of Madeira, the Portuguese island. It’s a small village in the municipality of Machico. If you visit this place, at the start of your exploration you can’t imagine the treasures that are hidden. Follow the steam and you will find a 26m/85ft height tower. It’s an old factory of sugar cane, which started the sugar production in 1927, and it’s still working in the same way. Τhe villagers will serve you  ‘vinho seco americano’, a local dry red wine made of ‘americana’, which is a type of grape.

It’s worth to get on Penha d’ Aguia, an imperial rock that seperates Porto da Cruz from Faial, a civil parish in the municipality of Santana, in Madeira. The view from up there is amazing, but if you para-glide, the view is beyond your imagination. So, if you want to fly, you must have the authorization from the owner.

From Porto da Cruz you go up to Portela and then to Lamaceiros. The GPS coordinates for the take off are 32°44’43” (32.7455)N,  16°50’10” (16.8363)W (elevation: 732 m/2400 ft) and for the landing are 32°46’5″ (32.7682)N, 16°49’24” (16.8234)W  (elevation : 14 m/45 ft). The paragliding association is at your disposal, everything you need for. In Porto da Cruz you can find accommodations to relax and you can do other activities when you don’t have fun with the sky and the clouds.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Funchal
33,5km, 20.83mi, 31 mins
Take the freeway in the direction of the airport and Machico. There are signposts to Porto da cruz, follow them, either through the express way, which is quicker, or though the old Estrada Regional 101, and there you'll find Porto da cruz.
BY AIR
Lisbon airport,
6,1km (3.79mi), 11mins from the city centre.

Schools

If you are interested in trying out this amazing sport in this spot press the request button so as to give you more information and prices.

BOOKING REQUEST
Kitesurfing Level 2 – Intermedium 3 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Level 2 – Intermedium (3 hours) 

– First contact with the water and the body drag techniques. Fell the traction of the kite while

floating on top of the water going downwind and being able to control the kite with only one

hand on the bar while maintaining full control of the body position;

– Full control of the kite water relaunch in all possible ways;

– Downwind bodydrag;

– Body drag both ways (right and left);

– Self rescue on the water;

– Body drag to recover a lost board and being able to return to the beach in control of the kite

and board;

– Understanding the de-power system and how to trim it;

– Rules of right of way on the water and safety rules.

IKO certify with the established trainee’s level.

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Rentals ( Surfboard, Wetsuit, Bodyboard, SUP board ), Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Surfboard: 25€/1/2 day – 30€/1 day – 80€/3 days – 110€/5 days – 140€/1 week

Wetsuit: 15€/1/2 day – 20€/1 day – 45€/3 days – 55€/5 days – 70€/1 week

Surfboard + Wetsuit: 35€/1/2 day – 40€/1 day – 110€/3 days – 155€/5 days – 190€/1 week

Bodyboard: 15€/1/2 day – 20€/1 day – 50€/3 days – 65€/5 days – 70€/1 week

Bodyboard + Wetsuit: 25€/1/2 day – 30€/1 day – 85€/3 days – 110€/5 days – 130€/1 week

SUP board: 30€/1/2 day – 35€/1 day – 95€/3 days – 135€/5 days – 175€/1 week

SUP board + Wetsuit: 40€/1/2 day – 45€/1 day – 125€/3 days – 180€/5 days – 225€/1 week

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Flyboarding, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Fly Board is the novelty of motorized water sports, place the board on your feet and through a tube connected to the ski jet you will fly over the water, dive and fly again. This activity has a very fast learning time. In 20 minutes you can learn the sport and enjoy it.

20 mins: 75€ 

40 mins: 140€ 

60 mins: 200€ 

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Surf Lessons & Accommodation, Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Accommodation: 3 nights / 2 surf lessons in Mountain view rooms – 2 PAX

*2 Stars Hotel (Vila Bela Hotel), Private Bathroom, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Breakfast included, Surf Library, Free WiFi, Laundry, Restaurant with traditional food

Surf Lessons: 2 mins walk from the beach, 1.5 – 2 hrs lesson, Surfboard included, Wetsuit included, Insurance, Free photos

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255€ 1 PAX
Kitesurfing Level 3 – Independent 3 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Level 3 – Independent (3 hours) 

– First contact with the water start techniques;

– Control the kite while positioning the board and body to water start;

– First attempts on standing up with full control of the kite position on the wind window;

– Rules of right of way while riding;

– First meters on the water riding in both directions;

– Understanding the conditions and the right equipment for you level;

IKO certify with the established trainee’s level.

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SUP Level 1 – Initiation to navigation 4 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

SUP SESSIONS PROGRAM (FLAT WATER)
Material:
– Characteristics of SUP Board
– Different constitutions of material
– Different types of boards: crossing; Waves; Hybrid
– Choosing the Board and paddle suitable for weight, height, level technical and style

Knowledge of the environment and Meteorology:
– Interpretation of the conditions of practice the site
– Types of Waves
– Funds and chains
– Wind
– Safe areas practice
– Exit and entrance in the water

Security:
– Ground Handling
– Handling in the water
– Handling with wind
– Bathers in practice area
– Objects and other vessels
– Chains and cables in water
– Assists other surfers
– Wind

Techniques:
– Axis and center of gravity
– Position
– Paddling
– Rotate
– Navigation with waves
– Use of the conditions

4 hours duration 2 days price: 120 €

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Accommodation & Surf Lessons, Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Accommodation: 5 nights / 3 surf lessons in Mountain view rooms – 2 PAX

*2 Stars Hotel (Vila Bela Hotel), Private Bathroom, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Breakfast included, Surf Library, Free WiFi, Laundry, Restaurant with traditional food

Surf Lessons: 2 mins walk from the beach, 1.5 – 2 hrs lesson, Surfboard included, Wetsuit included, Insurance, Free photos

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338€ 1 PAX
Kitesurfing Refresh Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

This course is ideal for those who are taking the first steps in the sport and want to improve the basic maneuvers. (Control of kite, Bodydrag, Water Start, Riding)

*3-6 PAX, 4 hours, Equipment Included

Private Lessons:

-65€ Personal Trainer: Get private instructions from a senior examiner (1 hour, equipment not included).

-40€ Supervision: If you are already practicing but do not know your level, this is the ideal option.

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250€ Gold Refresh 1-2 PAX
Kitesurfing Introductory Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Start practicing kitesurfing and discover the sport of your life.

*3-6 PAX, 8 hours, All Equipment Included

Goals:

  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Starting / landing
  • Control of kite
  • Bodydrag
  • Water start
  • Riding

Private Lessons:

-65€ Personal Trainer: Get private instructions from a senior examiner (1 hour, equipment not included).

-40€ Supervision: If you are already practicing but do not know your level, this is the ideal option.

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335€ Gold Introductory 1-2 PAX
Kitesurfing Baptism Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Try kitesurfing, you will like this magnificent sport!!!

-2 hours, Equipment Included

Private Lessons:

-65€ Personal Trainer: Get private instructions from a senior examiner (1 hour, equipment not included).

-40€ Supervision: If you are already practicing but do not know your level, this is the ideal option.

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Windsurfing Refresh Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

This course is ideal for those who are taking the first steps in the sport and want to improve the basic maneuvers. (correct position, turn direction, Sailing Up Wind)

-4 hours, Equipment Included

Private Lessons – 60€ Personal Trainer: Learn some tricks and tips with our accredited instructors (1 hour, equipment not included).

 

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Surfing lessons, Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Surf Lesson: Lesson (90 mins), Surfboard, Wetsuit/Lycra, Transfer, Insurance 60€

3 Day Course: Lesson (90 mins), Surfboard, Wetsuit/Lycra, Transfer, Insurance 150€

5 Day Course: Lesson (90 mins), Surfboard, Wetsuit/Lycra, Transfer, Insurance 225€

Private Lesson 100€

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Kitesurfing Level 1 – Initiation 2 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Level 1 – Initiation (2 hours) 

– Introduction to Kitesurf;

– How to set up the Kite and lines;

– Safety rules on the beach and on the water and all safety mechanisms;

– Control of the kite and understanding of the wind window;

– First rules of right of way and understanding the wind behavior;

– Full control of landing and relaunch of the kite.

IKO certify with the established trainee’s level.

 

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Surfing Lessons, Carcavelos Beach
/ Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal

We offer students comprehensive coaching, ranging from theory classes, warm-up and stretching exercises to close monitoring during the practical part of the lessons.

We operate all year round: Weekdays, weekends, bank holidays and school holidays

Length of lesson: Lessons last approximately 2 hours

Booking lessons: Because tides change daily, students should phone the evening before to book and confirm lesson times for the following day.

Prices for group lessons: 1 lesson – €25 / 4 lessons – €80

Prices include sports insurance and equipment (wetsuit and board).
Students should bring a towel and swimming costume.

Instructors have post-graduate qualifications in surfing from the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (Sports Sciences Faculty of Lisbon).
Well-experienced and Portuguese Surfing Federation-accredited coaches.
Facilities for student use (shower, changing area).
Boards for beginners and more advanced surfers (tailored to the level of each student).
Wetsuits from well-known brands in a great range of sizes.
Sports insurance.
Classes for all ages.

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4 lessons – €80
SUP Level 2 – Initiation Waves 6 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

SUP WAVE SESSIONS PROGRAM
Techniques:
– Choice of the wave
– Positioning on the wave
– Synchronization
– Accelerate slow Spin
– Proper use of the paddle and maneuvers

Rules:
– General
– Priorities
– Entry in the surf zone
– Rules of etiquette in the water

6 hours duration 2 days price: 210 €

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Bodyboarding lessons, Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Bodyboarding Lesson: Lesson (90 mins), Bodyboard, Wetsuit/Lycra, Transfer, Insurance

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Kitesurfing Level 4 – Advance 4 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Level 4 – Advance (4 hours) 

– Initiation to riding techniques and full control of body position while being able to control riding

speed;

– Improve on your body posture and improve your upwind and downwind skills;

– First attempts on turning without stoping;

– First attempts at jumping (depends on evolution:.

IKO certify with the established trainee’s level.

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90
Surfing Baptism Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

First steps in the sport!!!

-1 hour, All Equipment Included

 

 

 

 

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Private Lesson (2 Hours) - 90€
Windsurfing Introductory Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Start to windsurf and discover a new passion!!!

-8 hours, Equipment Included

Introductory courses for children: Children under 12 years need proper equipment for their size to make it easy to sport. (6 hours, Equipment Included)

Goals

  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Safety rules
  • Start
  • Board control
  • Steering
  • Tacking

Private Lessons – 60€ Personal Trainer: Learn some tricks and tips with our accredited instructors (1 hour, equipment not included).

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140€ KID up to 12 YRS
Kitesurfing Step by Step Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Perfect for kiters who want to learn tricks or technical skills!!!

*1-2 PAX, 4 hours, Equipment Included

Goals:

  • Perfecting the water start
  • Controlled riding
  • Riding upwind
  • Jumping
  • Tricks

Private Lessons:

-65€ Personal Trainer: Get private instructions from a senior examiner (1 hour, equipment not included).

-40€ Supervision: If you are already practicing but do not know your level, this is the ideal option.

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110€ - 2 HOURS
Surfing Holiday Day Camp, Carcavelos
/ Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal

We offer Portuguese school children activity day camps during school holidays. This will undoubtedly guarantee a unique and unforgettable holiday, offering uninterrupted contact with nature in a healthy and unspoiled environment. Here, children gain new experiences through practicing water sports, as well as increasing their interest in nature conservation and improving their environmental awareness.

Facilities:
– Surf/Bodyboarding school
– Café with indoor activity space
– First-aid point
– Toilets
– Dedicated area on the beach
– Beach tent
– Straw sunshades
– Football pitch
– Volleyball pitch

Holiday camps – School holidays:
– Easter
– Summer (June–September)
– Christmas

Daily program:
9 am: Students arrive
10.30 am-12.30 pm: Sports activities – surfing or bodyboarding
1 pm: Lunch at the Windsurf Café (Optional)
2-3 pm: Rest
3-4.30 pm: Sports activities – surfing or bodyboarding
6 pm: End of activities

Price: €150 (per week)

– Includes two surf lessons per day, experienced and accredited teachers, all equipment provided by the school and sports insurance.

– Lunch (optional): + €40 (per week)

School management reserves the right to alter the program set out, whenever this might be required for safety reasons or for reasons beyond our control.

We also offer a pick-up service (Amoreiras shopping center – Beach – Amoreiras shopping center).

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Lunch (optional): + €40 (per week)
Surfing Any Level Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Intermediate and Advanced Course: Improve navigation technique in different conditions, the first step to the waves.

-4 hours, All Equipment Included

Objectives:

  • Use different boards
  • Theory of the waves, reefs and currents
  • Skip the ripple with the technical Bico de Pato
  • Catching Waves and Surf
  • Maneuver Private lessons
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Private Lesson (2 Hours) - 90€
Surfing Introductory Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

You will learn to perform all the techniques correctly and enjoy more of the practice of this sport.

-8 hours, All Equipment Included

Objectives:

  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Paddling techniques
  • Up to the board
  • Control the board
  • Direction
  • Safety
  • Theory
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Private Lesson (2 Hours) - 90€
Accommodation and Surf Lessons, Porto da Cruz
/ Madeira, Porto da Cruz, Portugal

Accommodation: 7 nights / 5 surf lessons in Mountain view rooms – 2 PAX

*2 Stars Hotel (Vila Bela Hotel), Private Bathroom, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Breakfast included, Surf Library, Free WiFi, Laundry, Restaurant with traditional food

Surf Lessons: 2 mins walk from the beach, 1.5 – 2 hrs lesson, Surfboard included, Wetsuit included, Insurance, Free photos

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459€ 1 PAX
Surf Boot Camps, Carcavelos
/ Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal

Our ‘surf boot camps’ were set up to provide students one or more weeks of intensive surfing. Students travel in the school van to Costa da Caparica (Praia do Infante), which offers perfect conditions for students to perfect their technique.

This package is aimed at adolescents with some experience or beginners aged over 14.

Surf boot camps take place during the summer holidays: June, July, August and September

Price: €175 (per week)

Lunch option + €40 (per week)

Boot camps run during the week (Monday to Friday), from 9 am to 6 pm, leaving from Amoreiras Shopping center or the surf school in Carcavelos.

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Lunch option + €40 (per week)
Windsurfing Step by Step Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Perfect for intermediate and advanced windsurfers to learn: Jibe, Fast Tack, Beach-start, Harness, Footstraps, Planning Waterstart, Powerjibe.

-2 hours, Equipment Included

Private Lessons – 60€ Personal Trainer: Learn some tricks and tips with our accredited instructors (1 hour, equipment not included).

 

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SUP Introductory Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

You will learn how to perform all the techniques correctly and enjoy more of the practice of this sport.

-4 hours, All Equipment Included

Goals:

  • Knowledge of equipment
  • Paddle technic
  • Board control
  • Steering
  • Safety
  • Theory
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Kitesurfing Full Package 12 hrs, Costa da Caparica
/ Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Our lessons include:

– All the required equipment (Kite, Bar, Harness, Wetsuit, Helmet, Impact Vest, Radio)

– Photos and Videos from the lessons,

– IKO card at the end,

– All the insurances required by the Portugal Turism Office and the RNAT certification,

– After your lessons we will be available for any question and doubts you might have,

– Need help with your personal gear? Call us,

– Self Rescue on and off the water as well as all the safety rules,

– Certified instructors from IPDJ and IKO.

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Parasailing, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

The perfect activity for the most fearless! After receiving all safety instructions, take yourself to adventure and fly alone or with company (tandem) up to 120 meters high above the Bay (attention, there are no tandem flights of 120 meters, only of 40) and enjoy the spectacular view. Our experienced crew is accredited and has a vast curriculum of successful flights of grandchildren, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and even disabled people that can ensure the safety of flight since the take off until its return to the boat. We are waiting for you. Come fly with us!

Weather conditions may affect the flights, so we advise that you book in advance.

NORMAL FLIGHT 40 m/15 mins: 45€ 

SUPER FLIGHT 60 m/15 mins: 55€ 

EXTREME FLIGHT 120 m/15 mins: 65€ 

TANDEM FLIGHT 40 m/15 mins: 90€ 

 

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Jet Skiing, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

After getting all of the security information from our professionals accelerate in a proper circuit, a perfect activity for the motorsports lovers.

No license is required. Under-aged only escorted by a responsible adult.

15 mins: 40€ 

30 mins: 75€ 

45 mins: 110€ 

60 mins: 140€ 

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SUP Step by Step Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Improve navigational techniques in different conditions, first step in the waves!

-2 hours, All Equipment Included

Goals:

  • Using different boards
  • Theory about waves, reefs, currents, wave forecast
  • Safety in waves
  • Paddle in the waves: how to pass oncoming waves
  • Catching waves: technic and timing to paddle and ride waves on a SUP board.

 

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Windsurfing Baptism Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

Would you like to try windsurfing, to see if you like that sport???

-2 hours, Equipment Included

Private Lessons – 60€ Personal Trainer: Learn some tricks and tips with our accredited instructors (1 hour, equipment not included).

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40€ KID up to 12 YRS
SUP Baptism Course, Lagos
/ Lagos, Meia Praia, Portugal

First steps in the sport!!!

-1 hour, All Equipment Included

 

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