10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN PORTO

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Porto, located in Northern Portugal, is perhaps best known for its production of fortified wine. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1996 the city is awash with tradition and colonial architecture, presenting countless activities for your team-building retreat.

Portugal is unmatched in Europe when it comes to food, wine and culture, and no city in the country quite embodies these offerings more than Porto. If you’re looking for ideas for a team-building retreat in Porto, you’ll be delighted by the numerous experiences on offer.

Our favourites, including food tours, canyoning adventures and escape rooms, have been carefully compiled in the following article to help you plan your next team-building retreat in Porto.

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Learn to surf in the Atlantic Ocean

  • Unravel the mysteries of the ocean and learn to surf with certified instructors.
  • Students are provided with all the necessary materials for taking part in the lesson.
  • Surfboards and high-quality wetsuits are available for all levels.
  • Unwind with lunch, dinner or an aperitif after an adrenaline-pumping surf session.
  • Group sizes are limited to a ratio of seven students to one teacher.
  • Experienced teachers explain the theory and practical skills required to start surfing quickly.

Taste the local cuisine with a guided food tour

  • Learn about local history, architecture and culture while tasting delicious Portuguese cuisine along the way.
  • The tour is conducted at a casual pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and escape the heat.
  • Tours are given in English by default but Spanish and Portuguese tours are available upon request.
  • The experienced local guides provide countless interesting stories and facts about the area and its heritage.
  • During the tour, you’ll have the chance to taste the famous Port wine.

Challenge your team at the escape rooms

  • Team up with your colleagues to solve the puzzles and make your escape.
  • These escape rooms are fully interactive and meticulously designed.
  • Evoke your team’s teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • The escape rooms are conveniently located in the centre of the city.
  • The on-site gamemasters set the scene and provide help when needed.

Explore the city on a guided walking tour

  • Walking tours cover a distance of about five kilometres and last approximately three hours.
  • The recommended maximum group size is 20 people.
  • Tours are available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
  • Learn unique facts about the city the likes of which cannot be found in a travel guide.
  • The enthusiastic and vibrant tour guides provide an entertaining experience.
  • Visit numerous historic sights, landmarks and viewpoints.

Go stand-up paddleboarding through picturesque Northern Portugal

  • Paddle along a fairytale route that passes small villages and sunny wine slopes before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Enjoy a closer connection to the river with the peaceful experience of stand-up paddleboarding.
  • Learn the fundamental techniques of stand-up paddleboarding with experienced instructors.
  • Practice your first paddles in a calm section of the river before setting out on the tour.
  • Explore the river in your way—jump from rocks or paddle through streams, it’s completely up to you.
  • The full tour lasts approximately five hours and includes everything you need.

Paint authentic Portuguese tiles with traditional designs

  • Learn the history behind Porto’s tile-clad exterior with guidance from local ceramic professionals.
  • Have a go at painting your own tiles with tuition from experienced teachers.
  • Learn about the heritage of these beautiful ceramic pieces.
  • Participants can expect to complete two fully-painted tiles within two hours.
  • All paints, tiles and tools are provided for you to get started immediately.
  • Lessons are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Ride a Segway through the city streets

  • Explore Porto in the most comfortable and convenient method available.
  • Learn about the city and the local culture as you cruise through the city with a local guide.
  • The full Segway tour last approximately two hours and includes a pre-tour briefing.
  • All tours begin with a Segway training session to make sure everybody is comfortable before setting off.
  • All participants must wear a safety helmet for their protection.
  • All equipment is clean and extremely well maintained. 

Embark on a high-octane canyoning adventure

  • An exciting outdoor experience through pools, creeks and valleys.
  • Slip into natural toboggans, rappel or zip-line through a magical environment
  • Enjoy the beautiful nature comprised of rocks, beautiful waterfalls and crystalline water.
  • Guides will look after your safety and make sure you're having fun all the way through.
  • Participants are only required to do what makes them feel comfortable.
  • The canyoning experience includes transport to and from your accommodation, insurance, wetsuit and shoe hire, harness, helmet, canyoning bags, watertight barrels, neoprene gloves and a life jacket. 

Learn authentic Portuguese cooking methods

  • Learn new cooking techniques in a cosy kitchen in the heart of Porto.
  • Embrace the opportunity to escape the daily office proceedings and enjoy quality bonding time.
  • Learn to cook with the most authentic Portuguese flavours and ingredients
  • The local Portuguese chefs and extremely talented and experienced.
  • Everything is provided for you to get started with a hands-on cooking experience.
  • After cooking, settle down together to enjoy your delicious creation.

Engage the enemy at paintball

  • Take on your colleagues in four unique game scenarios.
  • Enter the battlefield consisting of 40,000 square metres of play-area.
  • The reduced-calibre guns provide maximum range while reducing pain.
  • Players are provided with guns, paintballs, overalls, hard-plate vests, goggles, insurance and a game referee.
  • The large arena is capable of hosting large corporate groups.
  • The friendly and professional staff provide a full safety briefing before the action begins.

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