The area is ideal for cycling, whether you want climb after climb, taking you from almost sea level to 3500ft from literally outside your front door, or if you want an easier route you can try the route towards the Atlantic coastline. All abilities will benefit from cycling in a comfortable yet challenging environment. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking with tree-lined roads, long climbs and descents and hardly a car to be seen, which is perfect for riders who are uneasy around traffic. There are also plenty of café stops en-route providing excellent coffee and cakes in the most beautiful surroundings, giving you a true taste of Portugal. On Saturdays and Sundays we have the option of meeting up with the local cyclists and joining their training rides. In addition, if you wish to bring your mountain bike, there are endless off-road trails to explore.
The running is challenging and can be tailored to meet all abilities. As with the cycling, the routes begin directly outside the guest house. You can run from 5 miles to 20 miles without seeing a soul, just the occasional deer. We have been running these trails for a number of years now and the area is so vast you never need to repeat a single run. The running routes take you through beautiful eucalyptus and pine forests with wide trails and breathtaking views.
In the local town 10 minutes away there is a 25 metre indoor pool which is open to the public. It is fully laned and you can swim in the evening or daytime for less
There is a river-fed outdoor pool, approximately 40 metres in length, cut into the natural stone of the mountain and surrounded by forest. It is free of charge and only a 10 minute drive from the retreat or 35 minute bike ride (on-road) or 40 minute bike ride (off-road). It is also possible to run there on or off-road making it perfect for brick training. There is a restaurant open during the summer months and shaded picnic areas which are great for relaxing after your swim.
There are many other lakes and river beaches within driving distance.
Swimming Coaching is also available on request at the Olympic size pool in Coimbra just 30 minutes away. Our coach, Miguel, is eight times Portuguese national swimming champion.
We can arrange for a professional sports massage therapist to visit during your stay. Francisco specialises in deep tissue massage and also provides ultrasound and taping if required.