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Walking Holidays in Portugal
Walking Holidays in Portugal

Walking Holidays in Portugal

Portugal Walking Tours

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Walking the Island of Madeira

Walking Holidays in Portugal
8 Days from USD 1,798
USD 1,530

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Explore the verdant landscapes on one of Portugal’s most scenic islands

Walking & Trekking
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Walking Portugal's Wild Algarve

Walking Portugal's Coast and Beaches
8 Days from USD 2,550

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Go beyond the Algarve and explore Portugal's pristine coastal trails

Walking & Trekking
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Portugal: Walking & Wine – Premium Adventure

Premium Adventures

Walking Holidays in Portugal
8 Days from USD 3,600

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A deep-dive into Portugal's premier wine region, the Douro Valley.

Walking & Trekking
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Walking in the Azores

Walking Holidays in Portugal
8 Days from USD 3,223
USD 3,000

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Trek on Europe's undiscovered volcanic archipelago

Walking & Trekking
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Portuguese Camino Highlights Walk

Walking Holidays in Portugal
9 Days from USD 3,450

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Follow Spain's most celebrated pilgrimage route

Walking & Trekking

Island Hopping in the Azores

Walking Holidays in Portugal
15 Days from USD 3,200

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

Explore 5 of the 9 islands of the Azores archipelago, a scenically varied area to explore, with each island having its own characteristics, from steep craters to abundant wildlife and sites of historical interest. Internal flights or ferries included.

Walking & Trekking

Walking the Algarve's South West

Walking Holidays in Portugal
11 Days from USD 2,915

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

Discover the South-West corner of the Algarve following coastal footpaths and inland trails

Walking & Trekking

Marvels of Madeira Walk

Walking Holidays in Portugal
8 Days from USD 2,795

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

Enjoy magnificent mountain scenery and stunning coastal paths

Walking & Trekking

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

Lighthouse in Cabo Sao Vicente
7 Days from USD 2,210

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

See the best of the unspoilt Western Algarve region – lush flora, diverse fauna and dramatic Atlantic seascapes

Walking & Trekking

Top 5 Destinations for Walking in Portugal

Madeira: This Portuguese archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is a paradise for hikers, with its rugged mountains, lush forests and pretty coastal trails. One of the most popular hiking spots in Madeira is the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, a scenic trail that winds through the island’s dramatic landscapes, passing by waterfalls, tunnels and amazing viewpoints. Another must-visit destination for walkers in Madeira is Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the island, where you can soak up panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the deep blue waters below.

Western Algarve: This region of the Algarve is known for its dramatic coastline, golden beaches and vibrant fishing villages. It’s also home to some of the most scenic coastal walks in Portugal that meander along dramatic cliffs and between hidden coves lapped by crystal-clear waters. One of the most famous walks in the region is to Cabo de Sao Vicente, which marks the most south-westerly point of Europe and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Algarve coastline. Other popular walks in the western Algarve include the Costa Vicentina Natural Park and the historic town of Lagos, home to a charming old town and lively marina.

Azores: This archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean is a paradise for nature lovers where you can discover diverse landscapes, geothermal hot springs and magnificent wildlife. One of the best ways to explore the Azores is on foot, with a network of well-maintained hiking trails that crisscross the islands. One of the most famous hikes in the Azores is the Sete Cidades Trail, which leads you around the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, where you can bathe in the mountain and ocean views. The volcanic landscapes of Pico Island, the dramatic cliffs of Flores Island and the geothermal hot springs of São Miguel also provide you with an abundance of walking trails.

Douro Valley: Moving inland, the Douro Valley is nuzzled into northern Portugal and is famous for its terraced vineyards, idyllic villages and historic wine estates. Owing to its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage, the region is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to explore the Douro Valley is on foot, following a network of walking trails that wind among vineyard-clad hillsides and impressive viewpoints that overlook the Douro River and surrounding countryside. One of the most iconic walks in the region is the Corgo walking trail, which winds along the Corgo River through the heart of the Douro wine region.

The Portuguese Way: This ancient pilgrimage route offers an enriching experience as you walk along scenic trails through Portugal and Spain. Also known as the Camino Portugués, the trail meanders among striking landscapes, traditional villages and historic sites. The journey gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in local cultures and mingle with fellow travellers from around the world. Each step taken on the Portuguese Way is part of a spiritual journey, making it an unforgettable and soul stirring experience.

A good choice of walks around lakes and up to waterfalls and mountain ridges. Lunches in the huts were variable – we mostly chose soup and bread.

Marion Tyrrell Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

The walks were stunning, challenging in part , and gave a good flavour of Liguria and its dramatic coastline. We had a brilliant Group whom all got on well and enjoyed each others company and support whilst sharing the experience of the walks and the restaurants we used in the evenings, the optional trip to Lucca was outstanding as was the coastal ferry from Porto Venere which should become a fixture on the Exodus itinerary

Andrew Peck Walks of the Cinque Terre and Portofino

How long are your walking tours in Portugal?

Including flights, you could be walking in Portugal for between seven and 15 days. Our seven-day self-guided tour along the Atlantic coastline of the Western Algarve is a short break amongst unspoilt meadows and dramatic clifftops, while most other walking tours in Portugal will take you away for over a week. We recommend spending at least seven days in Portugal if you want to truly immerse yourself in the nature and culture of each destination you visit.

What are the best regions for walking in Portugal?

Portugal plays host to a wealth of diverse landscapes, from the lush vineyards of the Douro Valley to the windswept cliffs of the Algarve coast. Some popular regions for walking holidays include the achingly beautiful Douro Valley, with its world-famous wine region; the scenic Azores islands, home to volcanic landscapes and gorgeous coastal views; and the stunning island of Madeira, blessed with waterfalls and lofty peaks.

FAQs on Walking in Portugal

Are your walking trips in Portugal guided?

Whether you fancy an island adventure or an exploration of the mainland, we offer a mix of guided and self-guided walking holidays in Portugal. On our guided tours you’ll be accompanied by one of our expert guides, who you can count on to know the area better than anyone else around. If you opt for self-guided, you’ll have the option to take it easy or power on with the help of our in-depth route notes.

What is the best time of year to visit Portugal?

The best time for a walking tour of Portugal is typically during the spring and autumn months, from April to June and September to October. During these seasons, the weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C, making it perfect for hiking. The countryside is alive with bright flowers and green landscapes, providing a vibrant backdrop for exploring. Spring and autumn are also less crowded with tourists compared to the busy summer months, meaning you can enjoy a more peaceful and immersive experience in nature.

Are walking holidays in Portugal suitable for beginners?

Yes, we have a wide selection of Portugal walking trips with routes suitable for all levels of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking for a challenging trek or a beginner seeking more gentle walks through scenic countryside, you’ll find something to suit your abilities. Each of our tours is graded by its level of difficulty, making it easier for you to choose the trip that’s best suited to your ability.

What cultural experiences can I expect in Portugal?

Portugal promises plenty of cultural experiences. Set off on a wine tasting tour of the iconic Douro Valley, where the fruity flavours of Port wine come alive against a distinctive backdrop of terraced vineyards. Venture into authentic villages, where you’re welcomed with warm Portuguese hospitality and a glimpse into their traditional life. The country’s museums showcase a fascinating blend of history and art, giving you an insight into Portugal’s past. And of course, no trip to Portugal is complete without sampling the diverse and delicious local cuisine, from the freshest seafood dishes and savoury meats to melt in your mouth pastries.

What food can I eat in Portugal?             

Portuguese cuisine is a vibrant cocktail of rich flavours that are inspired by the seasons and fresh, local produce. Seafood lovers will be drooling over dishes like Bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with eggs and potatoes) or Arroz de Marisco (seafood rice). Or savour the famous Cozido à Portuguesa (meat stew) and the succulent Bifana (pork sandwich). The sweet Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) for dessert are to die for, along with creamy cheeses and rich wines from regions like Douro and Alentejo.