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Best Hiking Trails in Portugal

Overview

Mainland Portugal is not considered a mountain hiking destination, but there are beautiful, low mountains to explore in this country on the Iberian peninsula, particularly in the north of the country.  The main area for mountain hiking in Portugal is in the north, where you can find the country’s lone national park, the Penada-Gerês National Park, and in the Porto/Duoro Valley area.  As well, there is hiking in the central part of the country where the highest mountains are found, including mainland Portugal’s tallest, Torres, found in Serra da Estrela Natural Park.  Also, the very well known Algarve region has low mountains to explore including the Via Algarviana, a long distance trail going through this beautiful area.  The best times to hike in Portugal are spring and fall.  Read below for more information on where and when to hike in Portugal.

Capital: Lisbon

There are more popular hiking trails on the islands of Madeira and Azores, which have their own separate pages.

When To Hike in Portugal?

Mar – Oct: June – Sept for north whereas these months are too hot for the south and spring and autumn are best

Nov – Feb: Too rainy and cold

Climate: Mildly continental – hot summers, cool winters, and it gets more arid as you travel south

 

Portugal Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Well-marked trails with maps and guidebooks easily available.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Portugal:

  • Gerês
  • Campo do Gerês
  • Braganca
  • Manteigas
  • Seia
  • Monchique

 

Top Places to Hike in Portugal

Portugal has only one national park, the Penada-Gerês National Park, which is mountainous and has lots of hiking trails, but there are several natural reserves. The main hiking areas are in the north of the country. Highest Mountain (in mainland Portugal): Torre (1993 m).

Filter out hiking places of Portugal by month

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Algarve region

  • Very low mountains, March – May; Sept – Oct
  • Serra de Monchique mountain range – Fóia is the Algarve’s highest peak (902m)
  • Serra do Caldeirão
  • Via Algarviana – Via Algarviana

Estremadura region

Beiras region

  • June – Sept
  • Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela – home of Torre (highest peak of mainland); oldest and largest protected area and home of the highest mountains – Manteigas, Seia are good bases – Câmara Municipal de Seia; ICNF
  • Trilhos Verdes – 200 km of marked trails (ranging from easy – hard) around Manteigas

Porto/Douro/Trás-os-Montes

  • June – Sept
  • Regions in the northeast corner of country
  • Parque Natural de Montesinho – Bragança is a good base
  • Parque Natural do Douro Internacional – 4 marked trails – 
  • Parque Natural do Alvão

Minho region

  • June – Sept
  • Northwest corner of country
  • Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês – right on the border with Spain
    • 4 sectors, southern sector is the most developed (very busy in summer), hiking principal activity in northwestern sector

Portugal's Long Distance Trails

Portugal's Walking & Hiking Resources

Portugal Hiking Books:

  • Walking in Portugal: 40 Graded Short and Multi-day Walks Throughout the Country, by Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok, Cicerone Guide, 2018, Cicerone Press
  • Walking in Northern Portugal: Landscapes of Northern Portugal: 3 car tours, wine tour, 30 long and short walks, 4th Edition, by Paul and Denise Burton, 2019, Sunflower Guide
  • Walking in the Algarve: 33 Walks in the south of Portugal including Serra de Monchique and Costa Vicentina, Cicerone Guide, by Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig, 2019, Cicerone Press
  • Walking in the Algarve: Landscapes of Algarve: 5 car tours and 50 long and short walks, 4th Edition, by Brian and Eileen Anderson, 2016, Sunflower Guide
  • Algarve: The finest coastal and mountain walks, by Franz Halbartschlager and Tom Krupp, 2018, Rother Guide
  • Guide to Walking Trails in the Algarve – published by Turismo de Portugal – www.iltm.com/__novadocuments/62282 
  • Portugal’s Rota Vicentina: Alentejo and Algarve regions, Cicerone Guide, by Gillian Price, 2019, Cicerone Press
  • Lonely Planet Portugal, 11th Edition, by Gregor Clark, Duncan Garwood, Catherine Le Nevez, Kevin Raub, Regis St Louis, Kerry Walker, 2019, Lonely Planet Global Limited

 

Portugal Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Portugal:

  • Trilho da Cidade da Calcedonia – Peneda-Geres National Park
  • PR3 Trilho dos Currais – Peneda-Geres National Park
  • PR7 Trilho do Sao Bento – Peneda-Geres National Park
  • Pedra Bela Trail – Peneda-Geres National Park
  • PR6 – Miradouras Trail
  • Blue Well Route

Easy Hiking Trails in Portugal:

  • Serra de Montesinho
  • Praia do Carvalho
  • Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

 

Portugal Hiking Websites:

 

Portugal Weather Website:

  • Portuguese Institute for Ocean and Atmosphere – IPMA 

 

Portugal Official Tourism Site:  

 

Portugal Hiking Apps: 

 

Portugal Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Wine
  • Food
  • Knights Templar
  • Monasteries

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