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 Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.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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Beoordeling 8.7 | 3 stemmen | No 4. in Europa
  • Miguel
  • Beoordeling 8
  • Positief 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 Augustus 2008
  • Beoordeling 8
  • Positief Walked the way of fatima down from spain (Santiago)......lovely people, some great countryside views.....sun :D....cheap
  • Negatief The path i followed was not well signed...also a fair bit of road walking
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon | Luster
  • Miguel Júdice verzamelde in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon 500 fantastische plekken in en interessante weetjes over zijn stad Lissabon, zoals het restaurant van fotograaf en foodie Adriana Freire dat deel uitmaakt van een sociaal integratieproject, een bijzonder kunstwerk van street artist Vhils, opgedragen aan de legendarische Fado zangeres... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Best of Portugal | Lonely Planet
  • De nieuwste reisgidsen-serie van Lonely Planet: een luxe uitgave met als titel 'the Best of ... ' waarin aandacht voor de belangrijkste niet te missen hoogtepunten van het land. Ook hier wordt het kort en bondig geschreven met veel praktische informatie erbj als eten-drinken en vervoer. De lijst met accommodaties - zoals bij de gewone Planets -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids weekend Porto | Lannoo
  • Geen tijd te verliezen: je krijgt een uitgebreid blok praktische informatie vanaf pagina 1! Door de handige opdeling van de stad in wijken kun je snel kiezen waar je heen wilt. Op de uitneembare stadsplattegrond vind je alle in de gids besproken restaurants en hotels terug. Met een handige kaart van het openbaar vervoer. Met een... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Wat & Hoe Stad & Streek Portugal | Kosmos
  • Een prettige reisgids in handzaam formaat. Alle belangrijke zaken worden goed beschreven, veel illustraties. Voor deze prijs een leuke gids. Algemene reisgids voor elk wat wils: leuk om enthousiast te worden. Wat & Hoe Stad & Streek Portugal bevat de Top 10 hoogtepunten, gedetailleerde kaarten en verrassende wandelingen. Raadpleeg de vele... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Portugal | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor Europese landen en vooral steden meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! "The Rough Guide to Portugal" is the essential travel guide with clear maps and coverage of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Portugal | 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 Ruige landschappen en een zonovergoten kust Het landschap van Portugal biedt een verscheidenheid aan natuurschoon en ervaringen. In... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Reise-Handbuch Portugal | Dumont
  • Weiße Marmorpaläste, prachtvolle Kirchen und bunt gekachelte Häuser erinnern an die glorreichen Zeiten der Seefahrer um Vasco da Gama, die Portugal vor 500 Jahren zu einem der reichsten Länder der Welt gemacht hatten. Dieses Erbe, die abwechslungsreichen Landschaften und eine Vielzahl von Aktivangeboten sorgen dafür, dass in Portugal jeder auf... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
2019
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Portugal
  • Weiße Marmorpaläste, prachtvolle Kirchen und bunt gekachelte Häuser erinnern an die glorreichen Zeiten der Seefahrer um Vasco da Gama, die Portugal vor 500 Jahren zu einem der reichsten Länder der Welt gemacht hatten. Dieses Erbe, die abwechslungsreichen Landschaften und eine Vielzahl von Aktivangeboten sorgen dafür, dass in Portugal jeder auf... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Lissabon | Unieboek
  • De naam zegt het al: een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 100% Porto time to momo | Mo'Media
  • Leuke trendy reisgids met een kleurrijke beschrijving van cafe's; restaurants, bijzondere winkels en musea, uitgaanstips en - het leukste - een zestal wandelingen door de meest interessante delen van de stad. Handzaam formaat, veel illustraties, met kaartjes Bem-vindo in Porto, de grootste Noord-Portugese stad waar de echte Portuenses... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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
2017
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids Portugal | Lannoo
  • De serie Groene Gidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang op vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt, de Groene Gids wijst u de weg naar alle bijzonderheden die uw reisbestemming te bieden heeft op een boeiende, grondige en praktische manier. Een handige sterrenbeoordeling vertelt u wat de... Read more
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Netherlands
2015
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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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sintra Cascais Nature Park
  • This hiking and trekking map of the Natural Park of Sintra and Cascais by Adventure Maps is at a scale of 1:25,000. The map legend includes Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German. The map shows hiking trails and there is relevant tourist information on diving, climbing, surfing, hang gliding, monuments, among others. It is made of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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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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Walking holidays

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
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
  • 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
  • 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 area's rich architectural heritage and lush landscapes, and discover golden sandy beaches with wild and... 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira wandelvakantie
  • Afwisselende wandelvakantie op het subtropische eiland Madeira in de Atlantische Oceaan, bekend om zijn bijzondere bloemenpracht. Wandelen door vulkanisch berglandschap met diepe kloven en hoge kliffen, waar boeren op kleine terrassen tegen steile hellingen hun akkers bewerken. Het eiland is toegankelijk gemaakt door, soms spectaculair... 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
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