Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Portugal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful place to go, I ran the trail very tough lots and lots of steps!

One of the best hikes on the island. Some websites talk about the trail being closed, in 2018 that refers to the easterly route not the westerly route to Pico Rubio, Which was open, at least in November 2018.

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rocky
25 days ago

Beautiful route and you can shorten if need be. You can drive most of those to cater to your needs. Will point out the first bit is in deep sand so be prepared. Gorgeous views. Could spend the entire day doing this walk stopping at all the different vistas. Definitely recommend!

If you do only one way -11km- it's pretty easy but beautiful. Almost walking on the same level - not climbing up . Great views all the time . We had some rain shower ,fog and clouds ( January) so be prepared to get wet. Might be slippery, too.
If you miss the bus in Portela it's easy to grab the taxi there ( To Funchal ,6 Euro per person :) ).

Gorgeous, lightly utilized, many unique features.

Did this October 2018 and enjoyed every minute. Beautiful countryside.

Did this hike with my girls 2016. Amazing, you know the feeling inside... harmony, happiness, exitement.... don't miss it!! I will do the hike again in april -19.

Excellent course with stunning views! My GPS says it was 8.8 miles.

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2 months ago

Description is incorrect. This course is actually closer to 16 miles. Quite hard and long. Plan for at least 8+ hours. I was expecting it to be 12 miles so I did not plan accordingly and could not finish it.

Easy path, ridiculously stunning views.

Amazing sceneries

Stunning!

Great trail! Lots of scenery, pretty moderate, great birdwatching. I was very glad with the circuit we took. Start the walk towards the west and make your loop so you end along the coast/volcanic rock. Once the hike is completed there is a wonderful natural pool to swim in :)

Took this hike on a cloudy mid-October day. It has a variety of environments, from pastures and cork oak harvesting areas to native forests, wetlands, and the Mira River. Very well marked. Took me just about 3 hours at a steady pace.

one of the best!

Great trail

-Well marked (stone path with stairs and guide rails the whole way)
-Moderate traffic
-lots of parking

We got lucky and it was sunny with some clouds, however the winds were around 30km. I was super intimated at the beginning of the trail(top of Areeiro) but soon realized the winds weren’t as bad throughout the trail so I would suggest being more cautious at the peaks throughout the route if you’re trekking on a windy day.. I had a headlamp and flashlight for the tunnels, definitely only need one(either would suffice..my headlamp is 160lumens and flashlight is 1500 lumens.. I personally love the flashlight because I have more control and can see anything and everything in my path but the headlamp is nice if you want to free up your hands. The headlamp was bright enough to see your path to get to the end safely but if you are wanting to see the the tunnels clearly and check them out, I definitely suggest something over 600 lumens.

The walk along the coast is splendid. Crazy, crashing waves and scary, jagged cliffs. Can be heavy going on the deep sand paths.

This section of the fisherman’s/inland hike is pretty unremarkable. There are NO great views until you actually hit the coast. It’s solitary, open terrain walking. Claims of forest are untrue, the best you see are commercially farmed trees.

This is an easy hike. There is virtually no elevation change as you wander across wide open, wind swept, treeless landscape and abandoned farms. The views are lovely, but are few, and usually require a detour to the actual coast from the unpaved roads and paths.

Great walking but very hard physically because of pack weights and walking every day. Also very busy with pilgrims after coastal and classic routes merge.

Very nice and beautiful trek! There are lots of tunnels there, especially the longest one! Its more than one km long and “funny”. There was a refreshing mineral water falling inside, like a lot of showers!
Beware, there is not much ups and down raising meters, its an error because of the tunnels and GPS positioning. The way is all the time along a levada, so almost flat terrain.
The waterfall is really beautiful! It ´ s possible to get right bellow the waterfall but the way is only climb a short rock.
And more-we prolonged this trek- from the main road on Paul de Serra down into the valley,cca 5km more.

I hiked the Fishermen's Trail, which is part of the Rota Vicentina, over the course of four days. It's a pleasant long-distance hike hugging the Portuguese coast, with extensive ocean scenery and generally flat terrain. I think it would be a very approachable multi-day hike for beginners given the relatively undemanding terrain and very reasonable daily mileage. There are several small towns along the way, so you don't need to tent camp or worry about running out of provisions. I completed the trail in May and, in addition to very agreeable temperatures, this meant that there were abundant wildflowers along the trail and plenty of opportunities to view nesting sea birds and their young. The most challenging aspect of the trail was the fact that much of it is on a base of very soft sand, which requires significantly more effort from your legs than most other trail surfaces. Good sun protection is a must as the trail offers almost no shade at all. Most hikers travel north-to-south but there is nothing to prevent you from hiking in the opposite direction, which is what I did. The trail is exceptionally well-signed in either direction. It is not a heavily trafficked trail, but traveling south-to-north affords you even more solitude.

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9 months ago

This trail is always going up and down (can be hard on the knees, especially if you have backpacks) and can be dangerous when there is fog, rain and big winds. We had for two days, starting from Pico Areerio to Boca do Encumeada only fog and little rain... it was sad. But if you can have a good clear sky this, is an epic hike to do and you can camp along the way! We were the only one hiking this trail in early May, because it can be temporarily closed, so beware!

Absolutely gorgeous hike. The trail head is at the first peak (there is a tourist center with a huge white dome at the top, you can't miss it. Get there early for parking) and then you hike to the second peak (Pico Ruivo), so it's down and then up. It's an out and back so you do that twice. As we were driving up we passed through the clouds and then the hike remained above the clouds the entire time, so it was sunny and beautiful. The hike is mostly built, so there are defined paths and lots of stairs and most parts of it have a cable running along it, although in some places it is broken. Very steep drop offs on either side of the trail at many points, but the views are worth the heights. Wildflowers in May were incredible. There are some tunnels, the flashlights on our phones were enough to get through them though. It was about 7 miles in total with tons of stairs. Bring snacks and water (there is a place to refill your water bottle right before you get to the top of Pico Ruivo). Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Incredible hike in the heart of Madeira island, with majestic views of its center valleys. Quite strenuous with very steep elevation gains and loses - burnt around 3000 cals total with return trip but very high reward.

Beginning has dizzying cliffs. sometimes surrounding both sides of the trail (absolutely do not do this trail if you are afraid of heights), then towards the middle (after Pico do Gato) it flattens out a bit (and the vegetation changes slightly), and finally there's a grueling ascent through occasional stairs and ladders towards the end. But it is well worth it!

Can be made in 3 hours although I would recommend something like 4 or 5 hours at least for breaks and pictures.

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