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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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
  • This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for 34 day walks in the Algarve.The routes vary in length from 2 to 17km and stick to the coastal and mountain areas. Each route is graded, although none is considered difficult as the maximum ascent being 500m.Stunning scenery is seen throughout, from volcanic hills to dramatic limestone escarpments Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Algarve Walking
  • Walking in the Algarve is Julie Statham’s Cicerone guide to some of the best walking opportunities on Portugal’s south coast. The guide covers walks across the Algarve region, taking in the countryside outside Faro as well as the long Atlantic coastline. The author explores a region with a rich variety of scenery from volcanic hills to dramatic... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
eBooks.de
Germany
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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Northern Portugal: Car Tours and Walks
  • 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
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Sunflower North Portugal | Sunflower books
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. (Engelstalig) 4 car tours, 68 long and short walks, 20 picnic suggestions If you explore with us, we can set your feet wandering over the hills into breathtaking scenic beauty. History... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
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Germany
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • 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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cap de Creus Natural Park 25K Ed. Alpina Map
  • 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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Cap de Creus | Alpina
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaans en deel in het engels, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. A topographic tourist map and hiking guide with details of tourist attractions, hiking & sporting activities as well as transport... Read more
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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
  • Estremoz
  • 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
  • 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
  • Estremoz
  • 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
  • Mourao
  • 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
  • Mourao
  • 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
  • Mourao
  • 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
  • Beja
  • 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
  • Tomar
  • 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
  • Amereleja
  • 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
  • Amereleja
  • 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
  • Juromenha
  • 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
  • Juromenha
  • 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
  • Bordeira
  • 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
  • Aveiro
  • 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
  • Celorico de Basto
  • 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
  • Celorico de Basto
  • 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
  • Oliveira de Azemeis
  • 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

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Tras-os-Montes
  • De afgelegen streek Tras-os-Montes in Noord Portugal is een echt ezelland, waar de dieren nog steeds hun werk als lastdier doen. De ezel heet hier de Burro Mirandês, en is door het hele land beroemd. Het is een middelgroot, langharig en heel taai dier. Ontdek samen met je eigen Burro Mirandês de charme van dit landelijke gebied en laat je... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal * Noord-Portugal - Peneda-Gêres, te paard op zoek naar de wolf
  • De granietbergen van de Peneda-Gêres, in het uiterste noorden van Portugal, behoren tot de ruigste en meest onherbergzame delen van het land. Hier op de grens met Spanje is de natuur nog baas over de mens, en komen nog wilde paarden en wolven voor. Sinds een aantal jaren is het gebergte streng beschermd in de vorm van een Nationaal park. Vanuit... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal * Noord-Portugal - Douro, van Wijnhelling tot Portkelder
  • De Portwijn, van druif tot kelder… dit korte arrangement staat geheel in het teken van deze vermaarde aperitief- en dessertwijn. De eerste dagen verblijf je in een authentiek woonhuis in het beschermde wijndorp Provesende, waar een uitstekende portwijn gemaakt wordt en de Nederlandse eigenaars je gastvrij onthalen. Twee avonden geniet je van... 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 - Minho
  • Tijdens deze rondreis met (huur)auto door de groene noordelijke provincie van Portugal, de Minho, bent u te gast in karakteristieke pousada-hotels, met ruime en stijlvolle kamers voorzien van alle mogelijke comfort. Maar het is vooral de ligging die een verblijf in een pousada zo bijzonder maakt. U reist langs de stranden van de Atlantische... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal * Noord-Portugal - Viana do Castelo, surfen aan de Costa Verde
  • De stranden van Noord-Portugal zijn geliefd bij surfers. Aan de Costa Verde staat vrijwel altijd voldoende wind voor kite- en windsurfers, en de immense Atlantische Oceaan zorgt altijd voor voldoende golfslag voor body- en wavesurfers.  Aan de monding van de Rio Lima ligt het mooie stadje Viana de Castelo tegen de heuvel gevleid. Hier verblijf... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Algarve Costa e Montanhas 8 dagen
  • Langs de kliffenkusten en door het binnenland van Portugal De naam Algarve dateert uit de tijd van de Arabische bezetting: ´´Gharb-al-Andalus´´, dat ´´het westen van Andalusië´´ betekende. De Moren staken in de 8e eeuw bij Gibraltar van Afrika over naar het Iberisch schiereiland. De Moorse invloed is nog terug te vinden in de huizenbouw en de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Serra da Estrela
  • U maakt een voettocht door de Serra da Estrela, het hoogste granietgebergte van Portugal, met overnachtingen in zeer uiteenlopende accommodaties: van simpele dorpspensions tot comfortabel hotel met zwembad. Het afwisselende landschap van de Serra da Estrela is verrassend door haar woeste schoonheid, lieflijke cultuurlandschappen en... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Van zuid naar noord
  • Wandelen in Portugal met (huur)auto van Lissabon naar Porto, langs de oostelijke grensstreek. U overnacht in karakteristieke pousada's en hotels, met ruime en stijlvolle kamers voorzien van alle mogelijke comfort. De ligging en de historische gebouwen maken een verblijf in een pousada's bijzonder. U reist langs een aantal historische steden,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Alentejo & Algarve
  • Tijdens deze rondreis met (huur)auto door de zonovergoten zuidelijke provincies van Portugal, de Alentejo en de Algarve, bent u te gast in karakteristieke pousada-hotels, met ruime en stijlvolle kamers voorzien van alle mogelijke comfort. Maar het is vooral de ligging die een verblijf in een pousada zo bijzonder maakt. U bezoekt tijdens deze... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Alentejo & Algarve * vogelreis
  • Tijdens deze najaarsreis door zuidelijk Portugal bezoek je de mooiste wetlands van Portugal in de monding van de Taag en in de omgeving van Faro. De Lagune van Formosa verkennen we per boot. Verder verkennen we de steppes rond Castro Verde en bewonderen bij Sagres, aan de uiterste zuidwestpunt van de Algarve, de najaarstrek. Ook gaan we hier... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Madeira 8 dagen singlereis
  • Portugese wandelparel in de Atlantische Oceaan Het Portugese wandeleiland Madeira ligt midden in de Atlantische Oceaan op de geografische breedte van het zuiden van Marokko. Het eiland rijst als een hoge kegel op uit het zeewater - ongelooflijk dat dit feitelijk een flinke bobbel op de oceaanbodem is! Door de combinatie van warme zon, schoon en... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Algarve, Quinta da Lua
  • Te midden van sinaasappel- en citroenboomgaarden ligt Quinta da Lua, uitvalsbasis voor fijne fietstochten door het vergeten achterland van de Algarve. Met haar riante zwembad en schaduwrijke tuin vol fruitbomen is dit een ideale plek voor een ontspannen vakantie. De brede, vlakke stranden van Manta Rota vormen een scherp contrast met de met... 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
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
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