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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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

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Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 2. in Europe
  • 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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Books

eBooks.de
Germany
  • Rau, Werner: Portugal
  • Mobile Touring Highlights. Reiseführer für individuelle Touren mit Auto, Wohnmobil und Motorrad, GPS-Koordinaten. 8. Auflage. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelgids Noord Portugal, 25 wandelingen | Op Lemen Voeten |
  • Noord-Portugal hoort tot de mooiste wandelgebieden van Europa. Er is nog veel authentieks te ontdekken, bijvoorbeeld in de vier natuurparken waaronder de ruige bergen van Peneda-Gerês en Montesinho, waar nog wolven leven. De 25 wandelingen liggen in een halve cirkel rond de aantrekkelijke havenstad Porto. Ze zijn goed gespreid over de diverse... Read more
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Germany
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelgids Hart van Portugal | Op lemen voeten |
  • Handzame wandelgids met vooral goede beschrijvingen van de tochten. Kaartmateriaal beperkt, maar dat geldt ook voor ter plaatse helaas! De 25 wandelingen in deze gids zijn verspreid over drie gebieden: Coimbra en omgeving met een stadswandeling door de beroemde universiteitstad, wandelingen aan de kust bij Figueira da Foz, in de kalkheuvels van... Read more
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Germany
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Maps

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United Kingdom
  • Fundao
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  • Chaves
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Walking holidays

Te Voet
Belgium
  • Porto en de 'gouden' rivier, de Douro - NIEUW - PORTUGAL
  • 8-daags programma in de Douro-streek, het oudste gedemarqueerd wijngebied ter wereld en door UNESCO erkend als natuurlijk werelderfgoed wandelingen in het natuurpark Parque Natural do Douro Internacional bekend om z’n grote populatie roofvogels en gieren, historie en volkscultuur opsnuiven in Lamego en Porto. 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
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