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Best walking tours in Portugal

From the levada trails of Madeira and the lush volcanic islands of the Azores to the car-free sandbar islands of the Algarve and the fertile vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal is a walking holiday paradise. Here are twelve of our best Portugal walking tours.
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Levada Trails of Madeira

Pace: moderate

Explore one of Portugal's most beautiful islands on a week-long walking holiday to Madeira. Take in views of unspoilt, verdant landscapes as you hike amongst a network of levadas. Built during the sixteenth-century to distribute rainwater from the north of the island to the parched regions of the south, these unique open canal systems gently trickle down the forested hillsides alongside ancient footpaths. Trek through lush UNESCO-protected laurel forest to uncover the plummeting waterfall of Caldeirão Verde, and edge your way along the famous Balcony Walk between the peaks of Arieiro and Ruivo.
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Remote coastal trails of Portugal

Pace: easy to moderate

Uninterrupted panoramas of golden beaches lapped by clear turquoise seas adorn the coastal paths of Portugal on this eight-day walking trip to the most south-western point of Europe. Based in the small coastal town of Sagres, you'll embark on gentle coastal walks of 3-4 hours each day, stopping in alfresco restaurants and bars for refreshments and tasty local cuisine along the way. Hike to the dramatic cliff tops of Ponta de Piedade, and discover natural arches and secluded beaches on the Seven Hanging Valley trail. 
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Azores Island Hopping

Pace: easy to moderate

Join our two-week island-hopping walking tour amongst the Azores Islands of Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. Located 800 miles away from Portugal's mainland, the Azores archipelago is full of natural wonders from extinct volcanoes and hot thermal springs to craggy coastlines and verdant vineyards. Walk along the rim of Sete Ciades crater to discover far-reaching views over the striking azure-blue and emerald-green lakes and follow the hydrangea-lined path of Faja dos Cubres down to a shallow coastal lagoon set on the shores of the ocean. 
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Walking in the Eastern Algarve

Pace: easy

Explore both inland and coastal walking routes on this tour along the Eastern Algarve, Portugal. Based in the historic town of Tavira, we'll take relaxed hikes through old, white-washed villages and traditional fishing communities, as well as car-free sandbar islands. Trek along the protected coastline of the Rio Formosa Estuarine National Park to the towering lighthouse of Farol at Portugal's southernmost point, and watch the sunset over the ocean as you sample a delicious dish of traditional 'cataplana' accompanied by a glass of chilled, crisp white wine. 
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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Pace: easy

Tiers of fertile vineyards wrap around the neat terraces of Douro Valley, one of Portugal's winemaking regions. Enjoy gentle walks along the banks of the calm Douro River snaking west towards the sea, and visit a local vineyard in Peso da Regua to learn about how the grapes are grown, harvested and pressed before sampling some of the local tipples. Cruise downstream to admire views of the valley from the water and take a train from the ornately decorated station of Pochino to the bustling city of Porto.
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Walking in Portugal - Sintra and Arrabida

Pace: easy to moderate

The UNESCO heritage landmarks of the Sintra Hills and the wild coastline of Arrabida National Park boast a plethora of walking trails and hidden cultural gems. From the white cone chimneys of the National Palace to the colourful turrets of King Ferdinand II's Palacio da Pena, the flamboyant architecture in this luxurious Portuguese region stands in stark contrast to the evergreen pine forests and rugged granite mountains. Amble along cliff-top trails with views across the Atlantic and explore the 15th-century Sanctuary Nossa Senhora do Cabo church. 
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Self-guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

Pace: moderate

Set off at your own pace on our self-guided hiking tour along the walking trails of Rota Vicentina in south-west Portugal. Windswept sandy beaches and craggy cliffs dominate the coastline and views of the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean stretch as far as the eye can see. Wander through rustic white-washed villages and browse eclectic artisan shops, before relaxing in a local restaurant to indulge on a delicious feast of grilled sardines. 
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Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

Pace: moderate

From moss-coated levada paths and sky-high cliff-top passes to windswept coastal trails and dusty wild-flower lined tracks, Madeira is a hiker's paradise. Trek amongst forested valleys, through dark tunnels and along the edge of the famous Balcony Walk on your way to the main island's summit, Pico Ruivo. Feel on top of the world as you step up to the highest peak. The mist swirls in the gullies below, and panoramic views stretch across the jagged mountain ranges. 
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Self-Guided Portugal Walking Short Break

Pace: easy to moderate

For a quick walking holiday getaway, head to the unspoilt region of south-west Portugal. Follow the Rota Vicentina trails along the coast from the small seaside village to Cavaleiro to the golden-sand beaches of Odeceixe. Panoramic views over the shimmering blue ocean stay with you for much of your journey along the scenic footpaths. Wander at your own pace as you explore this little-known corner of the Algarve and take time to savour the local Portuguese food and wine along the way.
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Self-Guided Walking Tour in Sintra

Pace: moderate

Set off early to avoid the crowds at the opulent Sintra monuments of Castle of the Moors, Pena Palace and the Sintra National Palace. Vibrant turrets break through the forest canopy, and whimsical snow-white tourelles tower over a sea of red-terracotta roofs. Trek through fields cloaked in a blanket of verdant pine forests and uncover fertile vineyards as you make your way to the rugged Atlantic coastline. Rest tired legs on a golden-sand beach, or follow old fishermen's' trails to the Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. 
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Self-guided trekking tour Azores - Sao Miguel Island

Pace: moderate

Immerse yourself in aromatic woodland, rural pastures, lush forests and dense vegetation on a self-guided walking tour of Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. Set approximately 800 miles from mainland Portugal, the Azores are blessed with year-round sunshine and a warm and pleasant climate. Trek to the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades, navigate your way through a series of tunnels and aqueducts along the Rota de Agua and uncover thermal springs and bubbling mud pools in Furnas Valley on this moderately paced hiking holiday.
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Self Guided Walking tour in Azores - Faial and Pico Islands

Pace: moderate

Make the most of a walking tour to Portugal's Azores Islands with a self-guided trip around both Pico and Faial Island. These mid-Atlantic volcanic islands boast easy-to-moderate hiking routes through lush forests and along scenic coastlines. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Pico's fishing ports, hike to the summit of Portugal's highest volcano, and explore a network of walking trails around the black sands of Capelinhos volcano on Faial Island. 
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