Best forest trails in Portugal

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#1 - Trilha PRC2SMI Praia - Lagoa do Fogo
Reserva Natural de Lagoa do Fogo
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
This trail starts on a beaten earth track, in a zone of pastures. Walk until you reach a water tank. Then turn to the left and start ascending trough a forest of Eucalyptus, Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulattum), Accacias (Acácia sp.) and Kahila Garland lilies (Hedychium gardneranum). A bit further you will also find a few species of “Espadana”, a plant from New Zealand, which was woven and spun in an ancient factory whose ruins you can still visit. Follow the signs until you reach the beginning of a “levada” (water channel), along which the trail runs. Be careful because the trail might be muddy. Along the “levada” you will find many species of endemic plants like: “Uva-da-Serra” (Vaccinium cylindraceum), Green Heather (Erica azorica), Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), “Tamujo” (Myrsine retusa), etc. During the ascent there are several places from where you can enjoy a magnificent view towards the Southern coast of S. Miguel, the Vila Franca do Campo, its islet and Ribeira da Praia. After walking for about 2 kms along the “levada”, you will reach an open area, with big slopes on both sides and after walking a bit further you will reach the bank of Lagoa do Fogo. In this area it is necessary to be careful with the seagulls, as they might be very aggressive, especially during the nesting period (April to May). The return is made on the same track. Almost all of the trail is included in an area classified as a community site and nature reserve. It is our responsibility to ensure its biodiversity by conserving this natural habitat.Show more
#2 - Vicentina Route: Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes via Fishermen's Trail
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
This is the beaches stage of the Rota Vicentina, where you will walk along the vast sand dunes area of Ilha do Pessegueiro, Aivados and Malhão beaches and discover small deserted coves that will surprise you. It is a tiring walking day though, given its extension and the constant sandy terrain. This is a portion of the Rota Vicentina, a multi day trip that can be hiked via a variety of routes. We have compiled a list of the sections here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/rota-vicentina. Following that link you will find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
#3 - Miradouro da Boca do Inferno
Area de Paisagem Protegida das Sete Cidades
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
#4 - Lagoa do Fogo
Reserva Natural de Lagoa do Fogo
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
This short and steep hike has beautiful views, plenty of parking and an easy to find trailhead. You will make your way down to the lake, Lagoa da Fogo. The trail is very steep and can be slippery and/or muddy on way down.Show more
#5 - Aqueduct of 25 Fountains to the Rabacal Tunel
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
The Levada das 25 Fontes is a beautiful walk full of greenery and water. The trail is narrow, with some slippery path and steep drops. It can get pretty crowded, so it's advisable to come early to avoid most of the crowd. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Show more
#6 - Rota Circular da Lagoa das Furnas
Maia, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
This trail begins and ends in the town of Furnas and takes around 3 h. The route begins in Três Bicas and continues on through this area until it begins to climb on a tarmac road that leads to Lagoa das Furnas. Following the signs carefully you will reach Caldeiras da Lagoa which is about 2.5 km into the trail. You will often see tourists here watching local inhabitants use the high temperatures in the ground to cook traditional dishes. The trail continues along the lakeside, circling the lake on an easily accessible beaten earth path. After about 3 kms walking you will reach the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias, built in the nineteenth century in Gothic style. Then continue along the edge of the stoned paved regional road for about 1.5 km until you come to a turning to your right that leads down to the town of Furnas. Continue along this route and in 30 m you will reach the end of the trail.Show more
#7 - Portuguese Coastal Path: Porto to Santiago de Compostela
Porto, Porto and the North, Portugal
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Length: 165.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is the shorter coastal route of the Camino Português. It starts in the city of Porto, this route, first traveled by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 12th century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. You can find the longer coastal route starting in the city of Lisbon here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/lisbon/camino-portugues-coastal-lisbon-to-santiago-del-compostela This route also goes through smaller towns, and as it is on the coast the weather is more moderate than the inland route, you can find the central route here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/porto/the-portuguese-way-of-saint-james-central-routeShow more
#8 - PRC 37 Rota da Água e Janela do Inferno
Lagoa, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#9 - Monte to Camacha via Levada dos Tornos
Monte, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
This route first tours the botanic gardens in Monte and they journeys along the Levada dos Tornos to Camacha.Show more
#10 - Trilho dos Currais
Vilar da Veiga, Porto and the North, Portugal
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
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