Hiking in Portugal
Just some of the fantastic landscapes you can discover hiking in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores!
We offer guided and self guided walking tours throughout Portugal, Madeira and the Azores. All our walks have been carefully designed to show you each region’s most beautiful scenery, taking in not just the famous beauty spots but also the hidden gems and little known trails.
As you walk you will also gain an insight into the country’s wildlife, history, culture and gastronomy thanks to your guide or detailed walking notes on self guided holidays. The tours are not particularly strenuous as we want you to relax, enjoy your holiday and have the time to explore the towns, villages and sites of special interest along the way.
Portugal is a great walking destination with friendly people, unusual wildlife and an ever changing landscape which gives each region it own unique identity and beauty. The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores Archipelago, with their spectacular scenery and tranquility, also offer a haven for walkers and nature-lovers. So there are plenty of routes to choose from and once you visit Portugal you’ll be sure to come back!
We currently offer:
- Half day and full day guided walking tours
- Self guided and guided walking
The top destinations for hiking in Portugal
For many years our guides have lived, walked and travelled in Portugal, even publishing walking guides. The walking tours are based on their own research and experience and will take you to their favorite destinations for hiking in Portugal.
Walking in Northern Portugal
Northern Portugal is an area of outstanding natural beauty and our walks are designed to show you the best of its dramatically rich and diverse landscapes. It is a haven for wildlife including wolves, wild ponies and eagles and in its ancient villages you can get a rare taste of life as it has been lived here for centuries. This region was the birthplace of the kingdom of Portugal and is as famous for its historical sites as its port and wine production and gastronomy. We offer guided and self guided walking holidays in Northern Portugal. Please follow the link for more details and photos.
Walking in Central Portugal
From the splendor of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the rugged beauty of the mountains of the east, central Portugal is home to some of Portugal’s most striking architecture and momentous historical sites. We currently offer four self-guided walks in this region and daily walking tours of Lisbon itself. Please follow the links below:
Walking in Southern Portugal – The Algarve
Our walks give you the chance to explore the real Algarve, a world away from any large-scale developments or golf courses. Famous for its sun, sea and sardines, this is also a region of tranquil countryside and whitewashed villages, of ancient orchards and wild flowers. We have a variety of walks on offer that are designed to show you the best of the Algarve including its many historical sites, its peaceful mountains and woodlands, spectacular coastline, traditional villages and crafts and the rare plants, animals and birds that live in its natural parks.
Discover the Alentejo; one of Portugal’s least known regions it is a joy for walkers from its ancient hilltop fortresses in the east to its wild, unspoilt coastline in the west. It is a haven for wildlife and you’ll find the countryside carpeted with wild flowers in springtime and golden leaves in autumn. We offer both guided and self guided holidays in the Alentejo that are carefully designed to show you the best of this unique and beautiful region.
Walking in Madeira
Madeira is a green subtropical paradise of volcanic origin, completely different from the Portuguese mainland. Few walking destinations offer such variety with picturesque villages, rugged peaks, alpine plateaus, waterfalls and gorges, verdant valleys, orchards full of cherries, bananas and other fruit, wild flowers in abundance and an unspoilt coastline with towering sea cliffs. As Madeira’s temperature only varies a few degrees either side of 20ºC you can enjoy walking here all year around.
Walking in the Azores
The Azores islands are renowned for their stunning volcanic and coastal scenery and wildlife. Walkers will appreciate the unusual landscape with its green mountains, shimmering lagoons, exuberant wild flowers and exotic plants, thermal springs and geysers, dramatic coastline and pretty villages. While you’re here take time out to spot some dolphins and whales, visit the famous botanical gardens and enjoy the slow, civilized pace of life. You can find out more about all our Azores walking holidays here.