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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Secret Lisbon - An Unusual Travel Guide
  • 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.The places included in our guides are unusual and unfamiliar, allowing one to... Read more
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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Wild Guide Portugal | Wild Things
  • 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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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Portugal
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO intensiv vom grünen Norden bis zu den Stränden der Algarve im Süden - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Portugal an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben den Portweinkellereien am Douro und ´´Portugals Neuschwanstein´´,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Merian live Lissabon | Deltas
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met het land. Voor- en achterin uitklapbare kaart. Aandacht voor o.a. taal, festivals en eten en drinken. Prettig formaat en toch met veel foto’s. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Surf & Stay | Lannoo
  • Beeld je in: een strand in the middle of nowhere. Er staat een camper met zicht op zee. Muziek uit de luidsprekers, luifel open, stoeltjes eronder. Op een tafel staan vers gegrilde vis, recht van de barbecue, en een glaasje vinho verde.' Architectuurjournaliste Veerle Helsen (Knack Weekend) stelde haar out of office in op zes maanden, kocht een... Read more
Kompass
Germany
2012
  • DuMont Kunst-Reiseführer Portugal
  • Von Felszeichnungen aus der Steinzeit über die wenig bekannte Moderne des 20. Jahrhunderts führt dieser Band bis zur Architektur und der Dekorationskunst des portugisischen Entdeckungszeitalters. Die Kunst- und Kulturreise beginnt in Lissabon. Der Kunsthistoriker Hans Peter Burmeister begleitet Sie auf Spaziergängen durch die Altstadt, in die... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids - Stadsplattegrond Michelin in the pocket Porto | Lannoo
  • Stadsgids en kaart in één: compact en trendy 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... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Portugal | Elmar
  • Praktische en culturele reisgids met alle bezienswaardigheden Elk Elmar reishandboek is opgebouwd uit drie delen: achtergronden, praktische informatie en bezienswaardigheden. Het vervoer naar het land, restaurants en mogelijke activiteiten komen uitgebreid aan bod. Ook de geschiedenis, de flora en fauna en cultuur worden beschreven. Handige... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 360° reizen Lissabon | Lannoo
  • De reisgids van de 21ste eeuw - Ontdek in deze reisgids wat Lissabon voor jou te bieden heeft - Stippel met de 360° reisplanner een persoonlijk reisprogramma uit, op basis van je eigen interesses - Verken de stad met realtime gps-ondersteuning en offline kaarten in je smartphone Ga voor een persoonlijk reisprogramma op basis van je eigen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • I Love the seaside
  • I Love the Seaside - de eerste reisgids langs de Atlantische kust'I Love the Seaside' combineert het beste van twee werelden: reizen en surfen. Iedereen die ofwel zelf surft, een partner of familielid heeft die surft, of gewoonweg van de zee houdt, heeft met deze gids een kompas langs de Atlantische Oceaan in handen. Een boek voor alle zee- en... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • I Love the seaside
  • I Love the Seaside - de eerste reisgids langs de Atlantische kust'I Love the Seaside' combineert het beste van twee werelden: reizen en surfen. Iedereen die ofwel zelf surft, een partner of familielid heeft die surft, of gewoonweg van de zee houdt, heeft met deze gids een kompas langs de Atlantische Oceaan in handen. Een boek voor alle zee- en... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Natuurgids - Opruiming Walvissen kijken in Europa | KNNV
  • Wat is er mooier dan vanaf een boot een groep dolfijnen te zien opduiken, of de ‘blow’ van een potvis te ontdekken? In Europa zijn verschillende plaatsen waar dat mogelijk is, van Noorwegen tot de Azoren en van Schotland tot de Italiaanse Noordkust. Walvissen kijken in Europa laat u kennismaken met de beste whalewatch-locaties en hun... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Porto | ANWB Media
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming of een weekendje stad. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. ANWB EXTRA is een compacte reisgids van de ANWB. Met deze gids heeft u een handzame reisgezel, waarmee u zich snel thuis voelt op de plaats van bestemming. In iedere... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Silves
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monchique
  • 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
  • Valenca
  • 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
  • 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
  • Valle de Canfranc - Valle de Aisa Editorial Alpina
  • Valle de Canfranc - Valle de Aisa in an extensive and very popular series of walking maps from Editorial Alpina covering the Pyrenees, Catalonia and other selected hiking areas in Spain, including Picos de Europa, Sierra Nevada and parts of Andalucía, Majorca, etc. Scales vary from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with the majority of the titles at... Read more
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
  • Faro
  • 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
  • Elvas
  • 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
  • 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
  • Torre de Moncorvo
  • 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
  • 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
  • Coimbra (Penacova)
  • 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: 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
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 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. Follow the cliffs, beaches and turquoise ocean of Portugal’s Algarve Coast from Praia da Luz 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. Begin in the small town... 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
  • 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren - Pico, São Jorge & Faial
  • U bezoekt drie kleine, nauwelijks bezochte, maar prachtige eilanden van de Portugese Azoren-archipel en geniet van de bijzondere endemische flora en fauna en de vriendelijkheid van de bevolking. Vanuit sfeervolle pensions en hotels maakt u bijzondere dagwandelingen over de jonge vulkanische eilanden. Loop door de wijngaarden op de flanken van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira rondreis
  • Afwisselende rondreis over het subtropische eiland Madeira, bekend om zijn enorme bloemenpracht. Verken vanuit drie bijzondere accommodaties met een huurauto dit groene eiland. Wissel een ontspannen dag bij het zwembad van uw quinta af met een mooie wandeling langs de vaak spectaculair aangelegde levada's (irrigatiekanalen). Bezoek ook het... Read more
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