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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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.

Trails

Regions

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Wild Guide Portugal | Wild Things Publishing
  • Inspirerende gids voor mooie plekken en het goede leven in Portugal. Imagine a summer spent plunging into clear turquoise rivers, playing on hidden beaches, walking in wild flower-strewn cork forests, and tasting wine from boutique vineyards accompanied by the freshest seafood. In this explorer’s compendium you will discover the hidden... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everybody Loves Porto
  • Porto has the look of a city that’s had its ups and downs, but its beauty shines through in tile-covered buildings, unaltered shop fronts from decades past and the winding streets that tumble down to the sparkling Duoro river.But more than just elegant decay, it’s also a city in the ascendant, home to new, young businesses providing a fresh... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Secret Lisbon
  • Let `Secret Lisbon` guide you around the unusual and unfamiliar. Step off the beaten track with this fascinating Lisbon guide book and let our local experts show you the well-hidden treasures of this amazing city. Ideal for local inhabitants and curious travellers alike.Now in it`s third edition, `Secret Lisbon` features 160 secret and unusual... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Northern Portugal Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Northern Portugal is the Sunflower Landscapes guide to exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region. The guide covers a range of routes including walks in the Serra de Arga region, Sao Miguel, Brufe, Boucas Donas and the Vilar-Avelar circuit. A fold-out touring map at the back of the book shows an overview of northern... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Dominicus Portugal | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids. Een prettig leesboek voor, tijdens en achteraf de reis. Bij Portugal denk je meteen aan de bruisende steden Lissabon en Porto en aan de zonovergoten Algarve. Met langgerekte... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek Portugal | Lannoo
  • De Algarve met haar bontgekleurde rotsformaties is veruit de bekendste bestemming van Portugal. Het is de zonnigste kust van Europa, waar het weer altijd goed is. Maar ook de afgelegen bergdalen en glooiende landschappen in het binnenland kunnen veel toeristen bekoren. In de hoofdstad Lissabon en in Porto komen zowel hippe genieters als... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Portugal | ANWB Media
  • De ANWB Wereldreisgids Portugal is een complete en praktische reisgids voor jouw droomvakantie door Portugal. Het land van schitterende kusten, levendige steden, aan traditie gehechte dorpen en ongerepte landschappen. Maar ook van grote steden vol bezienswaardigheden, zoals Lissabon met zijn paleizen van wit marmer, huizen met kleurige tegels,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, foto s van... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Portugal
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, foto s van... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Marco Polo NL Lissabon | 62Damrak
  • Eindelijk zijn ze er weer: de Nederlandse versie van de alom bekende en gewaardeerde serie van Marco Polo. Het is een handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een goede kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Toch best veel aandacht voor de toeristische hoogtepunten en leuke... Read more
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Maps

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United Kingdom
  • Costa Vicentina 2-Map Set F&B WKP4
  • The ”Costa Vicentina” hiking map set shows the most famous Portuguese long-distance hiking trail on a scale of 1:50,000. The entire region around the picturesque Rota Vicentina is shown in great detail on 4 sheets. Hikers will find all the important information they need to walk the Fisherman`s Trail and the Historical Trail in full or in... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cap de Creus Park Natural Editorial Alpina
  • Cap de Creus Natural Park on the Costa Brava at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Editorial Alpina, plus a booklet which includes English language descriptions several recommended hiking trails, accommodation details, etc.Topography is presented by contours at10m intervals with relief shading and plenty of spot heights, plus... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Viseu
  • 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
  • Montalegre
  • 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
  • Serpa
  • 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
  • Ferreira do Zezere
  • 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
  • Spain - Portugal IGN ESP01
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alenquer
  • 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
  • Aljustrel
  • 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
  • Retorta
  • 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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  • Retorta
  • 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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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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  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Covilha
  • 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
  • Delao
  • 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
  • Peso da Regua
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Peso da Regua
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Cercal
  • 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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