You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking in Portugal, from dramatic coastal routes to quieter inland trails. Although we’re in love with the entire country, these are a few of our favourite places for walking trips in Portugal:
Madeira – With sprawling coastlines, imposing mountains and a sub-tropical climate, Madeira makes an ideal year-round hiking destination. Nature lovers will be in their element with the 120 endemic species of flora and fauna that can be found here.
The Azores – This scenic archipelago is made up of ancient walking trails once used by locals and their horses to transport agricultural produce. Having been restored over the years, these paths now lead hikers among breath-taking landscapes.
Douro Valley – When walking in Portugal, the Douro Valley is high on the list of places to explore. The UNESCO-listed valley is home to the country’s premier wine region which is believed to date back to 2,000 years. As well as walking through the terraced vineyards and verdant countryside, you’ll learn about the region’s history before sampling the wines.
The Wild West – Known as Portugal’s Wild West, the Sagres Peninsula comprises golden beaches, wildflower meadows and scented pine forests where you can spot endemic and migratory species of birds circling overhead. The Rota Vicentina is a network of trails that winds up to the Cabo de Sao Vicente lighthouse where you can enjoy spellbinding views.