Portugal

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Portugal - by Henk

It wasn't until the late nineteen-nineties that Portugal started the construction and marking of hiking paths. Long distance hiking trails are still rare. The major Grande Rota (GR's) are in part no more than a promiss. Of European long distance hiking trail E7 (GR12), 80 km on the border with Spain are ready. The GR11, Camino de Santiago, by now runs from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. Most fully completed is the 540 km long GR22, Trail of the Old Towns. Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.

As a good alternative you can hike a range of shorter trails, which you will come across in all national parks and protected landscape areas. These walks last from several hours to a full day, and are marked in red and yellow. Names of these trails start with PR, Pequena Rota (= minor routes), signposts mark the trailheads, although some trails are circular. Try to buy maps and guides through the internet or in you own country in advance, because locally these are hard to come by.

Walking the shorter trails is an excellent way to explore Portugese nature. The first national park that deserves to be mentioned is Peneda-Gerês, a mountain area abounding in water, in the north of Portugal forming the border with Spain. Another good area for hiking is the Serra de Estrela, where you will find mainland Portugal's highest mountain Malhão de Estrela (1993m). Most hikers will be looking for walks in the Algarve, and on the vulcanic islands of Madeira, the Azores (with Mount Pico as the highest at 2351m) and Berlengas. These popular islands harbour bizarre plant and animal life, and offer numerous short marked trails.

Opinions

Rate 8.7 | 3 votes | No 4. in Europe
  • Miguel
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Not crowded along paths, never too far from towns and villages if needed, nice landscapes, long hikes possible (including 60 kms+ along a mostly desert beach from Troia to Sines along the SW coast)
  • pc22 August 2008
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Walked the way of fatima down from spain (Santiago)......lovely people, some great countryside views.....sun :D....cheap
  • Negative The path i followed was not well signed...also a fair bit of road walking
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Trails

Regions

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in the Algarve
  • A guidebook to 34 day walks in the Algarve. There are 24 coastal routes, including the Coastal Path between Porto do Mos (Lagos) to Sagres and a further 10 routes in The Serra do Caldeiraom mountains. The easy, graded routes vary from 2 to 17km. Stunning scenery is seen throughout, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Algarve | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking 34 full- and half-day walks in Portugal´s beautiful Algarve. The rich range of scenery from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments and beautiful coastline, together with a diversity of flowers and wildlife, and an equable climate, makes the Algarve an ideal walking destination. Seasons Mild, sunny winters make... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Walking in Portugal
  • Guidebook describing over 40 walks throughout Portugal. The mainly circular half-day and day routes cover most National and Nature Parks in Portugal including the country's highest peak in Serra da Estrela, as well as visiting traditional stone-built villages and sites of historical interest. Includes background information. Read more
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United Kingdom
2018
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Portugal | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor Europese landen en vooral steden meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! "The Rough Guide to Portugal" is the essential travel guide with clear maps and coverage of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Capitool Portugal | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Ruige landschappen en een zonovergoten kust Het landschap van Portugal biedt een verscheidenheid aan natuurschoon en ervaringen. In... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids - Plattegrond Michelin in the pocket Lissabon | Lannoo
  • In deze gloednieuwe kaartgidsen speelt Michelin zijn grootste troeven uit: kwaliteitscartografie wordt perfect gelinkt aan info over alles wat je moet zien en doen in de stad van jouw keus. Resultaat is een reisgids die nauwelijks groter is dan een smartphone - en dus perfect in je spijkerbroek of binnenzak past - en die leest als een tweet. Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Insight Guide Portugal | Cambium
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Nederlandstalig. In het gedeelte ‘Reisinformatie’ vindt u alles over vervoer, uit eten, accommodatie, reisbenodigdheden, toeristische tips, gezondheid, klimaat, activiteiten, nuttige adressen en talloze andere wetenswaardigheden. Insight Guide... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Rota Vicentina - zuidwest Portugal | Rota vicentina
  • Gedetailleerde wandelgids van de Rota Vicentina in zuidwest Portugal, de gids is Duitstalig. Per etappe wordt een aantal praktische zaken gegeven met een mooi hoogteprofiel. De routebeschrijving is redelijk tot goed. Kaartmateriaal in de gids is summier, daar adviseren we (helaas behoorlijk prijzige) wandelkaart bij! Deutschsprachiger... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids weekend Porto | Lannoo
  • Voor wie slechts één compacte stadsgids in zijn tas wil stoppen en toch geen enkele bezienswaardigheid of topadres wil missen. Dé gids om Porto écht te ontdekken: de plaatsen waar u de stad in zijn authenticiteit proeft, de evenementen van het ogenblik, de heerlijkste shoppingadressen... En daarbovenop, een handige kaart van het openbaar... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids Portugal | Lannoo
  • De serie Groene Gidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang op vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt, de Groene Gids wijst u de weg naar alle bijzonderheden die uw reisbestemming te bieden heeft op een boeiende, grondige en praktische manier. Een handige sterrenbeoordeling vertelt u wat de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Lissabon | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Zonnige bestemming Lissabon, hoofdstad van Portugal, is in trek als vakantiebestemming. Niet alleen bij zonaanbidders die komen voor... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Best of Portugal | Lonely Planet
  • De nieuwste reisgidsen-serie van Lonely Planet: een luxe uitgave met als titel 'the Best of ... ' waarin aandacht voor de belangrijkste niet te missen hoogtepunten van het land. Ook hier wordt het kort en bondig geschreven met veel praktische informatie erbj als eten-drinken en vervoer. De lijst met accommodaties - zoals bij de gewone Planets -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Portugal Nord - noord | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. 176 Seiten mit 103 Farbabbildungen, 50 Höhenprofile; 50 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:25.000 / 1:50.000, eine Übersichtskarte Das Reiseland... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids I love the seaside Portugal | Mo'Media
  • Dit boek gaat over de kust. Dat mag duidelijk zijn. Het gaat over elk onderdeel ervan. Het gaat over reizen langs de kust, de oceaan zelf, het strand, steden en dorpen, over mensen langs de zee. Zo kom je helemaal in stemming voordat je op reis gaat. I love the Seaside is de perfecte gids langs de Atlantische kust van Portugal. Laat je... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Macedo de Cavaleiros
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Moimenta da Beira
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Moimenta da Beira
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bombarral
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Marinha Grande
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Marinha Grande
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 50m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Figeiro dos Vinhos
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Carvicais
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Carvicais
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lourinha
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vila Real de Santo Antonio
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 50m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Coruche
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Coruche
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Miranda do Douro
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 50m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Miranda do Douro
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Povoa de Varzim
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Portalegre
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Aquas de Moura
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Aquas de Moura
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rio Ohanca
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 50m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Odeceixe
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 3: Coimbra to Porto Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • This section takes you to Coimbra and up to the northern capital of Porto. This section takes you from Coimbra up to the northern capital of Porto. During the course of the week you will walk through vineyards, valleys and woodlands as you head out towards the Atlantic coast before swinging round into the beautiful UNESCO city of Porto, where... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Algarve Coastal Trails Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday along the Algarve Coast from Lagos to Sagres. Follow the cliffs, beaches and turquoise ocean of Portugal’s Algarve Coast from Lagos to Cabo Sao Vincente. Secluded sandy beaches, whitewashed fishing villages, excellent hotels and fresh caught seafood combine to delight you at every turn of the trail. Your walk... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 4: Porto to Tui Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • This stage crosses the border from Portugal to Spain across the Minho river. On this trip you cross the border from Portugal into Spain when crossing the international bridge over the Minho river. During the course of the trip you will pass through a variety of landscapes, from the urban sprawl of Porto to rolling green hills and stretches of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Madeira: The Flower Island
  • A self-guided walking tour on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The flower-filled island of Madeira is full of contrasts; the colonial charm of the towns and villages, the rugged and dramatic coastal scenery, the explosion of colours of the local flora and fauna, its lush green interior and the levadas, the traditional irrigation channels which... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The full 611km of the Camino Portugués pilgrimage. Walk the full Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, and enjoy a less travelled side of Portugal, but one which is no less inspiring and rich in cultural and architectural heritage. From the smells of cooking from the Churrascaria, the swell of emotion from your first sight of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Madeira: The Sunny South West
  • A self-guided walking tour on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A walking adventure exploring the sunniest corner of Madeira, a great year-round walking destination and a nature lover’s paradise. An island of contrasts, explore the rugged coastline, lush interior and towns and villages of the ‘Flower’ island. Madeira’s levadas, a network of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 5 - O'Cebreiro to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Stage 5 of the Camino, O'Cebreiro to Santiago 9 day and 8 night self guided walking holiday. Walk the last section of the Camino through rural Spain ending up in the fabulous city of Santiago de Compostela. A wonderful section of the walk and just enough mileage to gain your Compostela Certificate. This final stage passes through the sierra of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The final 110km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago. Walk the last 100km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. This final section of the walk takes you from Tui through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain. Following country roads and woodland paths, you pass through wooded valleys, follow gentle... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 2: Santarém to Coimbra Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk from the gothic city of Santarém through to the beautiful University town of Coimbra. The second stage of the Camino Portugués starts off with a day of relatively flat walking, but you are soon out amongst the rolling hills as the week progresses. This section has three of the most amazing cities on the trip, the gothic Santarém, the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Porto & the Douro Valley
  • A self guided walking holiday in Northern Portugal from Porto to the Douro Valley. From the World UNESCO Heritage Site of the Ribeira, Porto’s old town, to the green and gold geometric landscapes of the Douro River Valley, this area of northern Portugal offers a unique sensory experience where the pace of life has been unchanged for centuries. ... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 1 & 2: Lisbon to Coimbra Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Combine the first two sections of the Camino Portugués. Combining the first two sections of the Camino Portugués means that you are getting to visit many of Portugal’s most important, historic cities as well as walking through some of its most beautiful scenery through the ‘Garden of Portugal.’ The walking on these two sections is mainly flat,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Sintra Coastal & Heritage Trails
  • A self guided walking tour in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Follow footpaths through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, easily accessible from Lisbon and filled with castles, palaces and monasteries from the 13th century. Explore this areas rich architectural heritage and lush landscapes and discover golden sandy beaches and its wild and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 1: Lisbon to Santarém Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The first stage of the Camino Portugués - Lisbon to Santarém. This first stage of the Camino Portugués is relatively flat and easy going apart from the short climb up to Santarém at the very end of the section. Starting off in the vibrant city of Lisbon you walk north and eventually escape the urban sprawl to arrive in the ‘Garden of Portugal.’... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Algarve - Costa Vicentina
  • Vlakbij de zuidwestelijkste kaap van Europa ontdek je tussen imposante kliffen de mooiste zandstranden. Dit is de rustige Algarve in het NP Costa Vicentina. Geen drukte, wel veel natuur en enkele leuke dorpjes. Wat denk je van golfsurfen, mountainbiken, de mooist denkbare strandwandelingen of per luchtbed via een riviertje de zee in dobberen?... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, Pico
  • Op zoek naar dolfijnen en walvissen op het paradijselijk vulkaaneiland Pico, midden in de Atlantische Oceaan. Aan de voet van de imposante Pico-vulkaan (2300 m) verblijf je een week in een klein hotel of Casa Rural in het walvisvaardersdorp Lajes do Pico. Spectaculaire walvisexcursies met een supersnelle boot worden afgewisseld met voettochten... Read more
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  • Carsten Witt 2017-02-13 21:38:54
  • Trail from Lisbon to Madrid
  • Who could assist working out the details from Lisbon to Barcelona via Madrid? Distance/day about 20 km.
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