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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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 3. 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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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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United Kingdom
2014
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Netherlands
2014
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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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Netherlands
2015
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2015
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2015
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Maps

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  • Pinhel
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geogr Read more
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  • Pinhel
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  • Alobaca
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  • Viseu
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  • Faro
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  • Gaviao
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  • La Pedriza
  • La Pedriza - the eastern part of Sierra de Guadarrama north of Madrid at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Editorial Alpina, highlighting waymarked local and long-distance hiking trails, tourist accommodation, places of interest, etc.Vivid presentation of the topography is provided by contours at 10m intervals enhanced by... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart La Pedriza | Editorial Alpina |
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaanstalig, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. Op de topografische wandelkaart worden o.a. berghutten, campings aangeduid en hoogtelijnen, ingetekende wandelroutes en de GR paden (doorgaande... Read more
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  • Loures
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Walking holidays

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. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. Meeting fellow pilgrims, sharing stories and like all those who choose to walk the Camino de Santiago you gain a... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The final 110km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago. This section covers the last 100km of the route which is the minimum required to get your Compostela certificate in Santiago. It takes you through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain until you reach your final destination, Santiago de Compostela. Following quiet country... Read more
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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
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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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United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 1 & 2: Lisbon to Coimbra Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Combine the first two sections of the Camino Portugués. Camino Portugués: Stage 1 & 2: Lisbon to Coimbra 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... Read more
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 wide variety of landscapes, from the urban sprawl of Porto to rolling green hills and stretches... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Algarve, Alentejo & the Costa Vicentina Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking tour exploring untouched Alentejo. Walk through the wild South West of Portugal and discover the untouched Algarve, Alejento and the Costa Vicentina National Park. Unspoilt coastal landscapes constantly assaulted by the crashing Atlantic waves, charming accommodation in unspoilt villages and great walking make this one of... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The full 611km of the Camino Portugués pilgrimage. Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago Walking the full Camino Portugués is an amazing achievement and the best way to get a feel for this lesser traveled part of Portugal. We include a rest day in Porto and an extra day at the end in Santiago so that you have time to take the midday... Read more
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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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Algarve Costa e Montanhas 8 dagen singlereis
  • 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
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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
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