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Best foot forward The Portuguese Way

For a spiritual journey, hike the Portuguese Way, the lesser-walked route to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. Portugal’s trails begin from Lisbon and Porto and either hug the coastline or weave inland along ancient pilgrim paths via historic towns and Roman settlement­s. The trek takes 12-14 days, but there are a range of shortened routes. Portugal Green Walks devises selfguided itinerarie­s and will transport your luggage between the peaceful country houses and regal hotels where you’ll stay, rather than the crowded albergues frequented by most hikers. Portugal Green Walks (00 351 258 027667; portugalgr­ offers a 13-night trip from £826 per person, including accommodat­ion, breakfast and luggage transfers. Flights not included

Ride the waves Peniche

Portugal is Europe’s surfing capital, and wave-chasers are spoilt for choice. Peniche, on the Silver Coast, is the sport’s poster-child with its notorious Supertubos beach, where 13ft-high tubular waves attract Rip Curl Pro surfing competitio­ns. Beginners can enjoy softer swells at Cantinho da Baia, where Baleal Surf Camp holds classes; the family business runs week-long surf camps, with either hostel accommodat­ion or beachfront apartments, lessons and a surfboard factory excursion. Baleal Surf Camp (00 351 262 750535; balealsurf­ offers a sevennight surf camp from £407 per person in a private apartment, with lessons, equipment and excursions

Get your golf on Algarve

The southern coast is home to more than 30 sun-blessed golf courses and a host of PGA pro-led academies. The Pine Cliffs Resort, set on the rustorange cliffs above Praia da Falesia, features one of the region’s favourite courses. Designed by the renowned architect Martin Hawtree, it showcases ocean views and has a challengin­g parthree sixth hole. Known as the Devil’s Parlour, golfers must strike out across a 646ft ravine, aiming for a narrow green. A seven-night break with Your Golf Travel (0800 043 6644; yourgolftr­avel. com) at the Pine Cliffs Resort costs from £615 per person, including accommodat­ion and five rounds of golf. Flights not included

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Practise your swing in splendid surroundin­gs at the Pine Cliffs Resort, Praia da Falesia

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