Best historic site trails in Portugal

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Explore the most popular historic site 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.
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#1 - Sintra Palace, Castle of the Moors and Pena Palace Loop
Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
This walk takes you to the beautiful historical sites of Sintra Palace, that is the best-preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal, the Castelo dos Mouros, which was established during the 9th century and the Pena Palace with its 19th century Romanticism style of architecture and stunning vistas.Show more
#2 - PRC9SMI Faial da Terra - Salto do Prego
Faial da Terra, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
This hike will take you on a circular route in Faial da Terra. It begins near the bus stop. Go up the asphalted road until the fork where you should continue straight by a dirt road, always along the left bank of the stream. The vegetation is thicker and there are several orchards on both banks of the creek along the trail. There are winding roads in paving stones, please be very careful due to its slippery ground. You will have to cross a bridge over the stream to get to Salto do Prego. On the way back, return by the same way, and then follow right on the second fork towards Aldeia do Sanguinho, an old village.Show more
#3 - Central Portuguese Way
Porto, Porto and the North, Portugal
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Length: 146.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is the Central Camino route that takes you from one historic town or city to another with plenty of beautiful scenery and tiny villages in between. There is also another longer alternative, the Coastal Camino route, which can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/lisbon/camino-portugues-coastal-lisbon-to-santiago-del-compostela?u=iShow more
#4 - 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: 12.0 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
#5 - Seven Cities Loop
Santo António, Alentejo, Portugal
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 6 h 47 m
A walk through the Seven Cities lagoons: Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Santiago Lagoon. Most of the trail is on a dirt road, ending with a bit of paved road. Spectacular views of the lakes and the coast. The abandoned hotel is definitely worth a visit - be careful when investigating the building.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 - Camino Português Coastal: Porto to Vila do Conde
Porto, Porto and the North, Portugal
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
This route is part of a multi week long hike, along the shorter coastal route of the Camino Português or The Portuguese Way of Saint James Coastal Route, that can be done at a variety of paces and starting points. 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?u=i The Camino Português full Coastal route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/porto-and-the-north/camino-portugues-coastal-porto-to-santiago-del-compostela?u=iShow more
#9 - Caminho Português da Costa: Lisboa a Santiago de Compostela
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
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Length: 406.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is the longer coastal route of the Camino Português, which is the second most popular route, good for wine lovers, as it passes through many wineries. It starts in the city of Lisbon, 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 shorter coastal route starting in the city of Porto here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/porto-and-the-north/camino-portugues-coastal-porto-to-santiago-del-compostela?u=i This route also goes through smaller towns, and as it is on the coast the weather is more moderate than the inland route, which you can find here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/portugal/porto/the-portuguese-way-of-saint-james-central-route?u=iShow more
#10 - Tholos do Monge, Pedra Amarela e Barragem do Rio da Mula
Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
This circular route passes by the Mula River Dam, Capuchin Convent, Memorial of the Soldiers, and Yellow Stone.Show more
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