Walkers are spoilt for choice in Portugal who will find that travelling on foot really allows you to get to the heart of the country to find hidden gems, spot rare wildlife, meet local people and sample regional deliciacies.
From the stark mountains and lush valleys of the North to the sandy cliff-tops of the Algarve and everywhere in between you can find great locations for walking holidays in Portugal so where should you go? There are far too many places to mention here (visit our main walking pages for detailed information) but here are a few top destinations
For nature lovers: Peneda Geres National Park and Montesinho Natural Park in Northern Portugal, Serra de São Mamede in the Alentejo, Ria Formosa in the Algarve, Sagres and Cape St Vincent Natural Park in the Algarve and Alentejo, Douro valley for seeing birds of prey, Serra da Malcata the last home of the endangered Iberian Lynx and the Islands of Madeira and the Azores- especially for flowers and marine life.
For history lovers: Sintra, near Lisbon, Serra de São Mamede in the Alentejo, around Sagres in the Algarve, around Castelo Branco in Beira Baixa, combining walking in Serra dos Candeeiros with a trip to Obidos on the silver coast and around Braga in the north
For mountain and hill walking: try Peneda Geres National Park in Northern Portugal, Serra da Estrela natural park and Serra da Lousã, Central Portugal with it's abandoned mountain villages, Arrabida natural park, Monchique in the Algarve or anywhere with 'serra' in its name
For spectacular views: Portugal is full of breathtaking views over the coast and countryside- there are far too many to mention, but if you're heading to the Algarve don't miss Foia in the Serra de Monchique, Marvão in the Alentejo and Sintra near Lisbon are two historic towns enjoying remarkable settings, and high up in Madeira and the Azores keep an eye out for dolphins and whales leaping far below you.
To see the traditional way of life visit Northern Portugal; Douro, Tras-os-Montes, Peneda Geres National Park or the Alentejo
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Madeira Levada Walks Come and discover Madeira's famous levada walks. The walks take you through the UNESCO protected Laurissilva forests with their cascading waterfalls and exuberant wild flowers, past the mountains and green valleys to the dramatic coastline. The levada walks are walkways created centuries ago to allow locals to access their water courses now they are an unforgettable way to explore this subtropical paradise.
Walking Tours in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores Our walks are designed and led by experienced, enthusiastic walkers who want to show you each region's most beautiful scenery and give you a taste of its history, culture, wildlife and gastronomy. We offer day tours in Lisbon, the Algarve and Madeira and relaxing guided and self guided walking holidays throughout Portugal, Madeira and the Azores.
Mesmerising Walking in the Azores. Let us show you the exceptional beauty of the Azores by land and by sea. From our base in Faial we offer walking tours and coastal fishing. Come walking and explore the Azores' famous levadas, flower filled meadows, the rugged coast, ancient forest and nature reserves, the vast craters of extinct volcanoes that shaped the island you see today and much more.
Adventures in the Azores.
Dolphin and whale watching, mountain climbing, walking tours, bike trails, boat trips, jeep tours and more. We'd love to show you round the beautiful island of Pico and share with you our passion for its adventures, natural beauty, wildlife, history and culture. We also offer holiday packages. Discover this stunning island and you may just have the holiday of a lifetime.
Walking in Sintra Join us on a guided Sintra walking tour and discover the romantic woodland scenery and fascinating history of Sintra a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestling in a protected Natural Park. See for yourself why Byron called Sintra a 'glorious Eden' and it was a favoured summer haunt for Portuguese aristocracy and royalty.
walking holidays in Portugal photo Sebastiao da Fonseca