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Portugal is exploding with interest right now for hiking, particularly during the winter and spring seasons. Considered one of Europes best kept secrets. It offers a friendly reception with great food and wines.

With regular flights from the US and UK direct into Lisbon, one of Europe's oldest capital cities, with its own fusion of energy and cosmopolitan chic. Lisbon is consistently listed as one of the top city tourist destinations in Europe.

Between Lisbon and the Algarve is the wild coastline of the Alentejo region, with its mild climate it makes for the perfect hiking conditions during the cooler winter/spring months. The forests and coastal trails evokes all the senses with the sounds of wild birds, natural herbal aromas, and ever changing scenery.

The region boasts over 400 miles of hiking trails (750 km), both coastal and inland, forming the Rota Vicentina, including the Trilho dos Pescadores (Fisherman's trail), and the Caminho Histórico (Historical way). In 2020 it was certified by the European Ramblers Association as, “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”.

The southern Algarve region, is renowned for its year-round warm climat, its beaches, hidden coves of azure-blue sea, and Moorish architecture. The Algarve can be accessed directly into Faro from many European locations.

If you are looking for a responsible tourist alternative to the Amalfi coast or the Cinque Terre, then Portugal hiking is an ideal choice. Join us on one of our exciting 6 or 9-day hiking tours through Portugal.

Portugal facts

Facts

Countries / Regions:
Getting there:
Lisbon & Faro
Highest peak:
Alto da Torre 6,539 ft (1,993 m)
Other facts:
Mainland Portugal 34,369 sq mi (89,015 sq km)

Where can I find it

Mainland Portugal comprises the southwestern part of the European Iberian Peninsula, neighbouring Spain. It occupies the coastal strip of the Atlantic ocean.

Surprisingly, most of mainland Portugal's 34,00 square miles (89,000 square kilometres) is remarkably hilly and mountainous. Highest peak on mainland Portugal is Torre in the Serra da Estrela 6,539 feet (1,993 metres). Coastal cliffs are often 300 feet above sea level (100 m).

What makes it special

Lisbon is one of Europe's oldest capital cities. The climate offers an ideal choice for hiking during the cooler months. Many places to visit from within an hour of Lisbon, including Sintra castle, and Nazaré, the site of the worlds biggest waves (100 ft). Big wave competition is December to February.

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn.

Climb that goddamn mountain.

JACK KEROUAC
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