Hiking in Portugal

The most westerly country on mainland Europe, Portugal is renowned for its spectacular Atlantic coastline, with steep cliffs and stunning beaches. The Rota Vicentina follows the Atlantic Ocean for 110 km along the wildest, most unspoilt coastline in southern Europe. The pleasant sea breezes also help to keep temperatures in check, making Portugal’s west coast an ideal walking destination.

Of course, Portugal also boasts a wealth of inland treasures just waiting to be discovered. The Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, for example, is a green oasis of forested mountains and fairy tale castles less than an hour from Lisbon.

The best time for hiking is spring (April and May) or autumn (end of September and October), since summer could become stifling, especially in Alentejo and the Algarve.

Algarve Coastal Walks

Hike along stunning clifftop trails at the extreme edge of Europe
7 days
Moderate to Challenging

Azores: Hiking & island hopping

Discover one of Europe’s last great island adventures with internal flights and ferry crossings
8 days
Easy to Moderate

Camino Portugués

The classic Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela
15 days
Moderate

Camino Portugués: Coastal Way

Walk the Caminho da Costa from Porto to Santiago along the stunning Atlantic coastline
15 days
Moderate

Rota Vicentina

Walk the Fisherman's Trail and discover one of Europe’s best-kept coastal secrets
8 days
Moderate

Sintra to Cascais

In the footsteps of royalty at Europe's most westerly point
8 days
Easy to Moderate

Trekking in Madeira

The ‘Flower Island’ is a perfect destination for year-round walking
8 days
Moderate to Challenging

Winter Walking in Madeira

Easy and varied walking on Madeira's sunny side with accommodation in 4* hotels
8 days
Easy