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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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

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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • time to momo - Lissabon
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Lissabon-gids! Maak kennis met Lissabon, een van Europa's hipste hoofdsteden. Natuurlijk wil je struinen door de oude volkswijk Alfama, waar de fadomuziek ooit ontstond, en een ritje maken met tram 28 hoort erbij, maar je kunt de stad ook overzien vanaf een van de uitzichtpunten op de zeven heuvels waarop... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • time to momo - Lissabon
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Lissabon-gids! Maak kennis met Lissabon, een van Europa's hipste hoofdsteden. Natuurlijk wil je struinen door de oude volkswijk Alfama, waar de fadomuziek ooit ontstond, en een ritje maken met tram 28 hoort erbij, maar je kunt de stad ook overzien vanaf een van de uitzichtpunten op de zeven heuvels waarop... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Lissabon | ANWB Media
  • ANWB EXTRA is een compacte reisgids van de ANWB. Met deze gids heeft u een handzame reisgezel, waarmee u zich snel thuisvoelt op de plaats van bestemming. In iedere reisgids staat actuele informatie over bezienswaardigheden, cafés; hotels, de lokale keuken, winkelen en uitgaan. Bovendien biedt elke gids 5 originele routes, waarmee u de omgeving... Read more
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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Walking In The Algarve
  • For many years the Algarve has not been considered as a 'real' walking destination. That opinion is rapidly changing. An increasing number of people are beginning to realise that there is far more to this area than first meets the eye - besides a spectacular and dramatic coastline, there is a huge interior that sees very few visitors. Here the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Walking In The Algarve
  • For many years the Algarve has not been considered as a 'real' walking destination. That opinion is rapidly changing. An increasing number of people are beginning to realise that there is far more to this area than first meets the eye - besides a spectacular and dramatic coastline, there is a huge interior that sees very few visitors. Here the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Reisgidsen Lissabon | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Zonnige bestemming Lissabon, hoofdstad van Portugal, is in trek als vakantiebestemming. Niet alleen bij zonaanbidders die komen voor... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Walking in Portugal
  • Portugal is something of an undiscovered gem for hikers, offering beautiful, diverse landscapes and vast amounts of space. Thanks to its variety of micro-climates, it is possible to find pleasant walking conditions in all seasons, and the multitude of trails boast fantastic scenery and are rich in natural, historical and cultural interest. This... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Walking in Portugal
  • Portugal is something of an undiscovered gem for hikers, offering beautiful, diverse landscapes and vast amounts of space. Thanks to its variety of micro-climates, it is possible to find pleasant walking conditions in all seasons, and the multitude of trails boast fantastic scenery and are rich in natural, historical and cultural interest. This... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in Portugal | Cicerone
  • Guidebook describing over 40 walks throughout Portugal. The mainly circular half-day and day routes cover most National and Nature Parks in Portugal including the country's highest peak in Serra da Estrela, as well as visiting traditional stone-built villages and sites of historical interest. Includes background information. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Portugal
  • Catch a waft of cool air and a mournful song in Lisbon's labyrinthine AlfamaSplash into the clear waters at the Algarve's pristine Praia da ArrifanaSavor the silky texture and appealing sweetness of a late-bottled vintage portIn This Guide:Four authors, 124 days on-the-ground research, 27 custard tartsFull-color chapters on Portugal's... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Portugal
  • Catch a waft of cool air and a mournful song in Lisbon's labyrinthine AlfamaSplash into the clear waters at the Algarve's pristine Praia da ArrifanaSavor the silky texture and appealing sweetness of a late-bottled vintage portIn This Guide:Four authors, 124 days on-the-ground research, 27 custard tartsFull-color chapters on Portugal's... Read more
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Maps

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
  • Messejana
  • 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
  • Vilar de Perdizes
  • 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
  • Vilar de Perdizes
  • 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
  • Vieira de Leina
  • 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
  • Aguiar da Beira
  • 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
  • Aguiar da Beira
  • 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
  • Gouveia
  • 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
  • Alcains
  • 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
  • Alcains
  • 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
  • Segura
  • 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
  • Segura
  • 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
  • Sousel
  • 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
  • Sousel
  • 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
  • Coimbra
  • 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
  • Coimbra
  • 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
  • Torrao
  • 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
  • Torrao
  • 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
  • Ponte de Sor
  • 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
  • Ponte de Sor
  • 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
  • Campo de Maior
  • 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
  • Campo de Maior
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alcoutim
  • 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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