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Portugal Walking Holidays

Our walking holidays in Portugal include different versions of the Camino Portugues, walks along the beautiful Vicentina Coast, the Douro Valley and beautiful countryside, the Azores and the flower island of Madeira.

Featured Walking Holidays in Portugal

Porto and Peneda-Gerês National Park 6
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Porto and Peneda-Gerês National Park

Country
Portugal
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March – October

The Peneda-Gerês National Park spans the Peneda, Soaja, Amerela and Gerês mountain ranges. Follow medieval paths offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. You will walk through woodland, meadows and pastures and if you are lucky you can spot wolves, golden eagles and the elusive Pyrenean desman.

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Azores Island Hopping

Country
Portugal
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January – December

Our Azores island hopping tour includes walking on three of the most beautiful islands: Pico, São Jorge and Faial. On Pico you will take in the highest mountain in Portugal; on São Jorge enjoy the beauty of the Fajãs, and on Faial explore the Caldeira crater and the Capelinhos volcano.

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Flower Island of Madeira

Country
Portugal
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January – December

On our Flower Island of Madeira walking holiday you will follow Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as levadas, and the ancient coastal footpaths in north-eastern parts of the island. Some of the walks are circular and you will be based in two charming hotels.

Camino Portugues: Coastal Way 1
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Camino Portugues: Coastal Way

Country
Portugal, Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking, Camino Tours
Duration
15 days & 14 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March – November

The Coastal Way (Caminho da Costa) is a quieter but equally impressive alternative route to the traditional central way of the Portuguese Camino. Starting from beautiful Porto, you will follow the rugged Atlantic coastline and the sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, and stay in tiny fishing villages.

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Rota Vicentina: Fishermen’s Trail Highlights

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Country
Portugal
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
September – June

Rota Vicentina: Fishermen’s Trail Highlights includes the coastal part of Portugal’s famous Rota Vicentina long distance trail. It follows some of the best preserved coastline in Europe through the beautiful national park in the Alentejo region. Well-signposted paths will take you along impressive cliffs, down to deserted beaches and secret sandy coves, accessible only on foot.

Where do our walking holidays in Portugal take place?

Camino Ways

The Camino Portugués or Portuguese Camino traditional (central) way is a fantastic route for pilgrims looking for a more rural experience on the Camino de Santiago, while the Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa is a stunning alternative route to the traditional Portuguese Camino. We have developed itineraries of different length and difficulty along both Portuguese Caminos, so that you can easily find the right Camino experience for you.

Costa Vicentina

The coastal strip between Odeceixe and Burgau, known as the Vicentina Coast, where the preserved nature has a strong, wild character, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty. This area is part of the biggest coastal natural park in Europe that starts further north in the Southwest Alentejo and is the longest stretch of protected Portuguese coast.

The beaches follow one another, some of them long swathes of sand stretching into the distance, others smaller, framed by magnificent schist and limestone cliffs. The choppy sea produces a natural symphony that serves as the soundtrack to this walking by the sea. The area is home to the famous Rota Vicentina long distance trail, along which we have developed our self guided walking itineraries.

Portuguese Islands (Madeira and the Azores)

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the island of Madeira and the Azores are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald vegetation.

Douro Wine Region

Follow unpaved roads and footpaths as you walk from village to village, sample award-winning wines and spend the nights in characterful country hotels set on wine estates.