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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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 5. 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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Wild Guide Portugal | Wild Things Publishing
  • 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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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
  • 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Trotter Portugal | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! Geen foto's. De 'Trotter'-reisgidsen zijn een vaste waarde voor de iets avontuurlijkere reiziger die op zoek is naar no-nonsense reisinformatie. De gidsen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Rough Guide Pocket Porto | Rough Guides
  • Een kleinere versie in zakformaat van de grotere versies van de Rough Guides. Als altijd weer vol met goede informatie over cultuur en praktische zaken. Achterin een kaart van de stad. The ultimate travel guide to Portugal's second city and its surrounding area. It leads you through the city with reliable information and comprehensive coverage... 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek Portugal | Lannoo
  • De Algarve met haar bontgekleurde rotsformaties is veruit de bekendste bestemming van Portugal. Het is de zonnigste kust van Europa, waar het weer altijd goed is. Maar ook de afgelegen bergdalen en glooiende landschappen in het binnenland kunnen veel toeristen bekoren. In de hoofdstad Lissabon en in Porto komen zowel hippe genieters als... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Insight Guide Portugal | Cambium
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Nederlandstalig. In het gedeelte ‘Reisinformatie’ vindt u alles over vervoer, uit eten, accommodatie, reisbenodigdheden, toeristische tips, gezondheid, klimaat, activiteiten, nuttige adressen en talloze andere wetenswaardigheden. Insight Guide... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Natuurgids - Reisgids Southern Portugal | Crossbill Guides
  • Zeer gedegen natuurgids van het betreffende gebied. Unieke gids met streekinformatie, plekken waar je echt moet zijn, routes en veel achtergrondinformatie over het landschap, de ecologie, ontstaansgeschiedenis en de flora en fauna. De routes en plekken die beschreven worden in de gids zijn zo gekozen dat je een heel compleet beeld krijgt van... 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

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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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Caldas da Rainha
  • 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
  • Cercal
  • 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
  • Albufeira
  • 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
  • Espinhosela
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Arcos de Valdevez
  • 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
  • Penafiel
  • 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 1:100,000 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
  • Macao
  • 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
  • Gaviao
  • 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 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
  • Torre de Moncorvo
  • 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
  • Cascais
  • 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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Walking holidays

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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Het land rond Coimbra
  • Groene, golvende berglandschappen met rustieke leistenen dorpen, oude olijfbomen en geurende citrusvruchten. Brede zandstranden en een woeste, beukende oceaan. En te midden van dit alles de fraaie, historische universiteitsstad Coimbra, de beroemde fado-cultuur en de wijngaarden van de Bairrada. Een gebied voor fantastische fietstochten: van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Algarve en Alentejo
  • Mooie fietstocht langs de prachtige kustlijn van Portugal van de Alentejo naar de Algarve. Vanuit het prachtig gelegen Odeceixe volg je de lange afstandsroute Rota Vicentina zuidwaarts naar Cabo Sao Vicente. Over voornamelijk onverharde weggetjes fiets je door het natuurpark van " Costa Vicentina" langs velden en stranden, van dorpje naar... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, São Miguel rondreis
  • Ontdek de veelzijdigheid van vulkanisch São Miguel, het hoofdeiland van de Azoren, een eilandgroep middenin de Atlantische Oceaan. Op deze actieve rondreis leiden wij je naar uitbundige subtropische Azoreaanse flora, theeplantages, weelderige parken en verborgen strandjes. Een breed aanbod aan fijne rondwandelingen langs kratermeren als Sete... 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 - Madeira
  • Spectaculaire wandelvakantie met bagagevervoer over het subtropische eiland Madeira met bijzondere bloemenpracht en subtropische vegetatie. Wandelen in het bergland langs spectaculair aangelegde levada’s met dito uitzichten, maar ook de kust wordt niet vergeten. Kort bezoek aan fraai en levendig Funchal. Verblijf in prima hotels. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Centraal Portugal per tent
  • Avontuurlijk kamperen zonder zorgen in de mooiste streken van Centraal Portugal. Je huurauto en kampeeruitrusting zijn geregeld, net als mooie en vriendelijke natuurcampings. Kies onderweg wat je wilt doen: op zoek naar het rijke verleden, waaronder Coimbra en Fatima, of de indrukwekkende natuur van de Serra da Estrela, Arouca Geopark en de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira wandelvakantie
  • Afwisselende wandelvakantie op het subtropische eiland Madeira in de Atlantische Oceaan, bekend om zijn bijzondere bloemenpracht. Wandel op Madeira door een groen vulkanisch berglandschap met diepe kloven en hoge kliffen, waar boeren op kleine terrassen tegen steile hellingen hun akkers bewerken. Verleng je wandelreis op het kleinere en drogere... 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
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