Lisbon's coasts are internationally known for their great water sports spots. Thus, the beaches stretching to the foot of the Sintra mountains are a hotbed for surfing, kite-surfing and other sports. Praia Grande, which sometimes plays host to international events, is also an ideal place for practising these sports as the sea is often choppy, especially with the relentless wind from September to October. If this isn't your idea of fun, however, head for one of Portugal's golf courses instead. The Lisbon region alone has fifteen 18-hole courses. Algrave is also a very popular swing course. This may just be the best way to combine sport and relaxation in a peaceful setting at the heart of Portugal's nature.