particular is the favourite sport of the Portuguese and they
take it seriously. Nearly every village has a pitch and
there are lots of local leagues but it is the spectator
sport which is taken to higher levels. During the football
season most Portuguese are glued to the television and radio
when a match is on, no matter who is playing, though they
are loyal to their chosen teams. So don't be surprised if a
complete stranger asks which team you support.
past few years a number of 'parque ambiental' have
been installed through-out the country. These parks are great for
walks and have a range of facilities for both children and adults including climbing walls, cycle routes, barbecue areas and play
equipment. Most local councils produce information booklets each month with an updated list of events and activities on offer for that month within the district. These usually include listings of musical events, what's on at the theatre and up coming festas.
The booklets are normally distributed in local cafes and tourist information centres. In addition to this during the summer district councils normally arrange
activities - animáção - for children. These can range from football and tennis schools to courses in sailing and engineering.