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Post Club Pilot Progression Course/Coastal Soaring -- PORTUGAL


Paragliding Course Description

From novice to experienced, Portugal has it all!


As the first BHPA paragliding school to train abroad in the 1990s Sunsoar have experienced many different locations in which to teach people how to fly.  It is rare to find somewhere that has it all-a great climate with consistent, predictable conditions, miles of coastal dunes and cliffs on which to soar, great accommodation, friendly, English speaking locals and well organised paragliding facilities.

Portugal has proven to be just such a place! 

See what others have said.................


'' Hi Ian, 

You were right about Portugal - another great Sunsoar destination, thanks.

Great company, great coaching, great location, great bars, beautiful beaches .........had a brilliant time and fantastic flying – many thanks to Ian and Pete for taking good care of us all – I’ll be back! Please book me on the spring trip back to Portugal – and the St Hilaire Trip – and count me in for Costa Rica in 2016!!! 

I am already looking forward to more trips next year - please let me know as soon as you have decided on dates and destinations and I will be booking up!You were right about Portugal - another great Sunsoar destination, thanks.'' 



''Had a fantastic time thanks,
Ian & Pete really are a great pair to be around....Lots of laughs and fun times..Fantastic trip, Finally realised I need to buy a new wing…. Good job Christmas is coming…..
  ''                      Andy CRANMER


 ''Trip and location was excellent''    Pravin Shingadia 




Sun 19-Sun 26 May 2019 



The Location and Flying 





Earlier this year we returned from an exploration of Portugal in search of the best paragliding locations. The whole country is pretty good but the location we have chosen would be hard to beat. An hour or so North of Lisbon on the coast is the beautiful town of Nazaré. We are located at a lovely camp site just North of the town offering close access to the four main flying sites we will be using with others nearby. The coast here offers predictable daily sea breezes with endless soaring possibilities and top landing areas.The cliffs and dunes stretch endlessly all along the coast. Within half an hour or so there are very impressive inland sites with varying wind directions.

Our courses in this location are aimed at all levels of student from beginner up--all those needing to complete their Elementary and Club Pilot Courses and post CP pilots wanting plenty of relaxed airtime. The coastal sites are ideal for building up your flying hours and confidence.

The Holiday 


Portugal is a natural holiday destination for flyers and non flyers alike so you can bring a partner or family along on this trip with confidence.

We are based about an hour and a half by road from the wonderful city of Lisbon. Lisbon is a historic city full of life with great restauants and night life. The beaches and lovely coastal towns are very unspoiled and inland there are mountains and forests. The town of Nazaré which is local to our base is particularly appealing with it's high cliffs, great cafes and restaurants and narrow streets going down to the sea. The whole coast is a surfing paradise with the biggest waves in the world reported here! The site where we are based has excellent facilities.




Our base is the Vale Paraiso camp site. You will be sharing a self catering chalet with all that you need for your time there. Each chalet has two bedrooms and fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. 





We will supply transport generally during your trip. This will include to and from the flying sites, recreational trips and airport transfers provided you arrive and depart at the recommended times. If your arrival/departure is at a different time there are very reasonably priced buses and trains to Nazare from Lisbon.


If you want to get your training finished or just get some excellent airtime with plenty of trouble free ralaxed paragliding in a very lovely environment, either on your own or with friends and family--then this is the one for you! 

Flight Options 

Flghts are from Manchester and Gatwick to Lisbon with TAPr flight.

Flights are to Lisbon. You will find flights from all the major airports and at reasonable prices. Check out Skyscanner--http://www.skyscanner.net TAP, Easyjet and Ryanair all offer cheap flights.

We recomend the Portugese airlineTAP who are reasonably priced and give 23 kgs hold luggage and 8 kgs cabin baggage free!


This trip is just £ 895 for 7 days.    


How to Book 

Call Sunsoar on 07980743864 or e mail info@sunsoar-paragliding.com for a booking form. 

Deposit of £200 secures your place. 


Some commonly asked questions:

Q. Do I have to travel on the flight you use - for example if I live a long way from the airport your flight leaves from?

A. No, you can organise your own flight if you can find something suitable, but be aware that you may also need to organise your own transport from the airport to the hotel. We can advise on this.

Q. Do I need my own equipment?

A. If you are on a CP course or are already qualified you will need your own gear. Alternatively you can rent your equipment from us. We have a deal whereby you hire all of your kit for the duration of the trip. The cost for wing, harness, helmet reserve parachute and radio (supplied) is £300. This is generally refundable against a purchase of new  equipment from us provided that it is within a limited time and above a certain price. Please talk to us for the details.

Q. I would like to stay for an irregular number of days, can you accomodate this?

A. Yes! We can usually be flexible on this but be prepared to pay for your own airport transfers if the times and dates do not coincide with our pick-ups.

Q. Do you do group discounts?

A. We have no specific discount structure but if you have a group of 4 or more and are willing for one person to be the contact for the group, then we will be able to offer you some discount.

Q. How reliable is the weather?

A. We never guarantee the weather anywhere in the world. We pick our dates to offer the best chance of reliable conditions and as a way to extend the normal UK season. Portugal has very reliable weather normally with consistant North Westerly Sea breazes along the coast for most of the flying season. So the prospects are excellent, although no guarantees are given!

Q. What if it is unflyable?

A. We will try our best to find some interesting activities or excursions, but you will be expected to entertain yourselves during certain times. There are plenty of facilities and holiday activities on and around our base and Lisbon is within reach and well worth a visit.

Q. Can I bring my non-flying partner and/or family?

A. Yes! The chalets have 2 bedrooms and are equiped with bunks for children or adults. There are usually other non-flyers in the group and they often share the cost of a hire car to get around independently.Lisbon is a great historical city full of life with lots of fine restaurants, music and night life. We will be able to offer tandem flights to non flyers. 

Q. What do I need to wear or bring with me?

The climate in Portugal when we go is usually like a lovely Engish Summer day. So you will not nead a lot of clothing. Walking or flying boots, a light windproof garment and a fleece would cover most eventualities. 

Q. What sort of money do I need in Portugal?

Portugal, being in the EU uses Euros. So you can bring Euros with you (which you can bring home if you have some left over). Also bring your card so that you can draw cash from the ATM if you need to. 





a collection of photos from our Portugal Trips

Posted by Sunsoar Paragliding on Friday, May 8, 2015

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