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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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

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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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Secret Lisbon - An Unusual Travel Guide
  • 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.The places included in our guides are unusual and unfamiliar, allowing one to... Read more
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
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
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids weekend Lissabon | Lannoo
  • Voor wie slechts één compacte stadsgids in zijn tas wil stoppen en toch geen enkele bezienswaardigheid of topadres wil missen. Dé gids om Lissabon écht te ontdekken: de plaatsen waar u de stad in zijn authenticiteit proeft, de evenementen van het ogenblik, de heerlijkste shoppingadressen... En daarbovenop, een handige kaart van het openbaar... Read more
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
Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Portugal
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Portugal auf eigene Faust durch eines der schönsten Länder der Welt! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 600 Seiten gebendie Autoren sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tippsund Infos für die Planung der Reise, beschreiben alle... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Portugal | Elmar
  • Praktische en culturele reisgids met alle bezienswaardigheden Elk Elmar reishandboek is opgebouwd uit drie delen: achtergronden, praktische informatie en bezienswaardigheden. Het vervoer naar het land, restaurants en mogelijke activiteiten komen uitgebreid aan bod. Ook de geschiedenis, de flora en fauna en cultuur worden beschreven. Handige... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 360° reizen Lissabon | Lannoo
  • De reisgids van de 21ste eeuw - Ontdek in deze reisgids wat Lissabon voor jou te bieden heeft - Stippel met de 360° reisplanner een persoonlijk reisprogramma uit, op basis van je eigen interesses - Verken de stad met realtime gps-ondersteuning en offline kaarten in je smartphone Ga voor een persoonlijk reisprogramma op basis van je eigen... Read more
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

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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
  • Spain and Portugal in the Reign of Charles III Wall Map
  • The Iberian Peninsula on a reproduction of a map published by the Dutch cartographic and engraving firm of Danckerts showing the theatres of regional conflicts during the rule of Charles III who reigned from 1759 to 1788.The map, to give its full title “Accuratissima Totius Regni Hispaniae, Tabula per Iustinium Dancherts – Theatre de la Guerre... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Parque Natural Peneda - Geres | Adventure MAPS
  • This hiking and trekking map of the Natural Park of Peneda-Geres by Adventure Maps is at a scale of 1:50,000. It is published in five languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German). It includes hiking trails and relevant tourist information on canyoning, climbing, monuments, waterfalls, among others. It is made of anti-tear and... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Parque Natural de Sintra Cascais | Adventure MAPS
  • This hiking and trekking map of the Natural Park of Sintra and Cascais by Adventure Maps is at a scale of 1:25,000. It is published in five languages ??(Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German). It includes hiking trails and relevant tourist information on diving, climbing, surfing, hang gliding, monuments, among others. It is made of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Portugal 1:300 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen´´, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Sprachführer Portugiesisch
  • Spickzettel mit den wichtigsten Begriffen zum HeraustrennenWörterbuch mit den wichtigsten WörternZeigebilder zur schnellen VerständigungWie die Einheimischen: Extra Insider-Kästen und Slang-KapitelSchnelle Orientierung durch FarbleitsystemPraktisches Taschenformat Der beste Begleiter für deine Portugal-Reise Einfach kurz nach dem Weg fragen?... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
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Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Spanien, Portugal 1:800 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen´´´´, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 1 & 2: Lisbon to Coimbra Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Combine the first two sections of the Camino Portugués. 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 Portugal.’ The walking on these two sections is mainly flat,... Read more
Macs Adventure
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
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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Algarve Coastal Trails Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday along the Algarve Coast. Follow the cliffs, beaches and turquoise ocean of Portugal’s Algarve Coast from Praia da Luz 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. Begin in the small town... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Madeira: The Sunny South West
  • A self-guided walking tour on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A walking adventure exploring the sunniest corner of Madeira, a great year-round walking destination and a nature lover’s paradise. An island of contrasts, explore the rugged coastline, lush interior and towns and villages of the ‘Flower’ island. Madeira’s levadas, a network of... 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
  • 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: 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 - 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 - Via Algarviana
  • 'Barrocal', zo noemen de Portugezen hier in de Algarve de streek tussen kust en gebergte. Verbonden door een schitterende langeafstandsroute, de met Europees geld zorgvuldig aangelegde 'Via Algarviana', liggen hier een aantal verstilde bergdorpjes bijeen. Geurende kruiden, kurkeiken, olijfbomen en johannisbroodbomen markeren hier het landschap.... 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
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