Located at the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe, Portugal is a combination of cultural, historic and natural treasures. Adventuring in this country takes many forms. From paddling under magnificent limestone cliffs where grottos and caves shadow the glistening waters to marvelling at architecture; like that of two of the country’s UNESCO world heritage sites, the main chapel of Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon and the striking red and yellow Pena Palace in Sintra. Not to mention taking a trip to the island territories of Azores and Madeira, off the south-west coast. Here, the tranquility of the salt pools hide the violent volcanic eruptions of the islands’ origins.
The country, with such geographic and climatic diversity, offers a range of ideal habitats for its flora and fauna. Volunteers in Portugal can enjoy researching whales and dolphins off the Algarve coast from May to October every year.