SUP Tour in Lisbon

SUP Tour in Lisbon – Discovering Cascais

Lianne was happy to tell us about her experience on the boat tour to see the dolphins in Setúbal. After that, we send her immediately to Cascais to experience a SUP Tour in Lisbon!

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Proudly standing on my board!

I heard a lot of stories about stand-up paddle and I couldn’t wait to experience this myself! I asked some information at SeaBookings about a SUP tour in Lisbon. Therefore SeaBookings immediately arranged a SUP class in Cascais (which is very close to Lisbon). Besides the SUP tour, it was also worth it to visit Cascais!

The train from Lisbon to Cascais

To avoid long waiting lines it’s best to skip these lines and buy your ticket in advance (this is possible at every metro station). You only have to charge your public transport card with credit (“zapping”) instead of rides. With this money you can travel by train and bus. Every 20 minutes there is a traindeparting from the station Cais do Sodré to Cascais. Cascais is a very nice place to be if you want to escape the busy life from the city (Lisbon). Here you find beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe, swim and of course also stand up paddle! So, because SeaBookings told me so, I put money on my travel card so I could take the train immediately. As you can see on the photo below, the waiting lines are longggg…

If I had to wait in the line I would probably be too late for my first SUP class!

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People trying to buy a train ticket to one of the beaches along the “Linha”

A one-way ticket only cost me 2€. And if you are travelling by train I can recommend you to sit on the left side of the train to enjoy the stunning ocean view!. And because SeaBookings already gave me these recommendations, I could enjoy everything before I even had arrived!

The SUP tour in Lisbon, or more precisely, Cascais

From the train station in Cascais it is not difficult to find the SUP school. After a walk for about 5 minutes, there was a warm welcome along the beach of “Duquesa”. I just arrived from Holland to Portugal so it was necessary to have some good sunscreen protection on the water! I didn’t want to become a lobster!

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Praia da Duquesa

And there we went, with two other people we each receive a paddle and there was a very good briefing by Nuno. He told us the do’s and don’ts on a paddle board! It’s not difficult because the briefing only took about 10 minutes time. That is the benefit of stand up paddle. It is not difficult to learn. There was even a boy of 10 years old joining our group!

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Nuno giving us a beach lesson

At the beginning, you can choose you to go on your board with your knees (if you thinks it is scary to stand immediately). This way you definitely don’t have to be scared to fall because it is easy to keep your balance. Well, but eventually you have to stand right? The trick is not to look down! Just keep on looking forward and it’s a piece of cake! Only my legs were a bit afraid so they were trembling (but let’s forget that part  because I looked like Bambi for just a few seconds). But luckily I wasn’t alone! This is so normal and because of that, we did some exercises to look like a pro eventually.
IMG_20160821_122012With Linda from hungary, ready for our first SUP experience!

And all of the sudden someone said: “Don’t forget to enjoy the view!”  At that moment I looked around me and I thought: WOW! It is as if you are walking on the water and floating between the boats. Really, an experience to never forget!

It is not difficult and if you ask me, a good way to enjoy the sea because you can see it from the other side instead of the beach. The next time I’m going to do a SUP tour I will go for more hours. This time it was only one hour but it felt like 5 minutes! It is also possible to do a tour for about 2 or 3 hours. That would be perfect! If you want to do more than only stand up paddle then try to combine this with some yoga!

Thanks to SeaBookings and the SUP school this trip was amazing and I will never forget it! Many thanks for this! Oh and also, many thanks to SeaBookings for the great tips you gave me. That way my first SUP experience was more than perfect! I am looking forward to the next SUP tour in Lisbon or Cascais!

This was the experience of Lianne who really liked the SUP tour in Lisbon! Would you like to join a SUP tour in Lisbon? Book now!

Do you also have a nice SeaBookings experience to share? Let us know!

Obrigada, Lianne, for another great review and SEA ya soon!

 

We went to try out SUP and SUP Yoga in Cascais

SUP Yoga in Cascais

SUP Yoga in Cascais

Last week I joined a group of friends and woke up early to head to Cascais. It was worth waking up early as the sun and quiet ocean were inviting us for a relaxing stand-up paddle boarding session with a tour and SUP yoga in Cascais.

Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a fast growing sport. There are several reasons why SUP is gaining more and more fans. One of the main reasons is that SUP is very easy to learn. In fact, after a quick beach class of about 15 minutes, you’re ready to get into the water. In addition, SUP is suitable for all ages and does not require any previous experience. All SUP requires is love for the ocean and willing to workout a bit!

After hearing all these nice stories about SUP, we decided to try it out ourselves. Nick, from the SUP school in Cascais, welcomed us as soon as we got to the stunning beach of Cascais. Praia da Duquesa is the beach where the SUP school is located. It’s a very idyllic beach as it’s very cozy, surrounded by the characteristic noble buildings. The waters around Cascais are light blue and the temperature does not show it’s the Atlantic.

Paddle Yoga in Cascais

Paddle Yoga in Cascais

After choosing the right life jacket, board and paddle according to our sizes, we went to the the beach to practice in the sand. Lia was the girl who was in charge of our SUP session. She started to explain how we should get on the boards, how to lie on them, how to get up to your knees and stand up. It’s also important to understand how to use the paddle correctly. After showing us some tips and sticks, we were ready to get into the water.

The water felt nice, rather fresh, but not as freezing as you’d expect the Atlantic to be. No wetsuit was needed, only a swimsuit and a life vest. As you reach a depth to your knees, you can easily get on your board, on your knees and start rowing. There was no wind at all and the water was crystal clear. We could even see some fishes and rocks.

SUP in Cascais

SUP in Cascais

SUP Tour in Cascais

The first part of the SUP session consisted on a tour. We went for a nice tour along some of the beaches of Cascais and the marina. I’m not sure how long the tour took, maybe half an hour, but as I was enjoying so much, I lost track of time. During the SUP tour in Cascais, you could choose if you wanted to stay seated on your knees or stand up. I prefer to stand up as it gives a nice view over the coastline. SUP in Cascais is wonderful to get to know the coastline of Cascais but also to workout. In fact, while sitting on your knees or standing on your board, you’re working out your whole body, from your toes to hands!

It was nice to paddle through the boats and say “hi” to the people who were on them. The view of the group of girls standing on their boards while paddling over the water was also amazing. We did a kind of round and got back to near the SUP school.

SUP Yoga in Cascais

SUP Yoga in Cascais

SUP Yoga in Cascais

When we all had reached the meeting point in front of Praia da Duquesa, Lia tied all our leashes (leash is the rope that attached your foot to the board) to a buoy. The buoy was there, anchored, such that we could attach our boards to it to stay on the same place for the SUP yoga in Cascais.

Lia had prepared a very nice yoga sequence for us. Some postures were thought to be easier and low-gravity to be able to perform them on the SUP board. Other postures were a bit more challenging and only some of us managed to do them.

Personally, I must admit that the SUP yoga in Cascais was easier than I thought. Of course I did not manage to do some of the more challenging postures, but others I did fine. I practice yoga frequently so I was really looking forward to join yoga, that I love, to another passion: the ocean. SUP yoga in Cascais totally exceeded my expectations. Doing yoga outside and feeling the sun on your skin is amazing. Now, imagine this plus feeling the ocean, the ocean’s water and movement. It’s amazing. When we finished the SUP Yoga, I just said: can we do this everyday, please?

I recommend the SUP in Cascais for everybody who likes the sea. It’s a great sport to do with a group of friends. Nick and his team will welcome you and give you a great experience. I’ll be back soon, that’s for sure!

All you need to do SUP in Cascais is to bring is a swimsuit (for the girls, you might want to bring some shorts, but we didn’t), sunscreen, a towel and some water and a snack. After the SUP session, you can grab a beer at the bar next to the SUP school. Here, a beer only costs 1,10€. To get to Cascais, you can drive from Lisbon, about 30 minutes over the A5 motorway. You can also go by train, a very nice route along the coastline, from Cais do Sodre. The train takes about 40 minutes and costs about 2€.

Let us know if you’d like to try some SUP in Cascais, a tour or a yoga session. If you’ve got any suggestions or questions, let us know too.