Best river trails in Portugal

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Portugal
Top trails (442)
#1 - Levada do Caldeirão Verde
Faial, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
Note: The elevation gain for the trail is deceiving. The trail goes through several tunnels that avoid big elevation gains therefore, the elevation gain via hiking/walking the trail is much less than 4,000 feet.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 - Campo Benfeito, Cotelo e Gosende
Gosende, Center Region, Portugal
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
#4 - 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
#5 - Rabaçal - Levada das 25 Fontes
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Note: As of February 2021, users reported that the Rabaçal tunnel is currently CLOSED. The Levada das 25 Fontes is a beautiful walk full of green and water. The trail is narrow, with some slippery and steep paths. This trail is quite popular, so it is advisable to come early to avoid most of the crowd.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - Pedra Bela Trail
Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
The walk offers a nice variety of landscapes. Large boulders and whimsical formations create a mysterious fairy tale landscape.Show more
#8 - Levada da Ribeira da Janela
Porto Moniz, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 10 h 36 m
Along the way there are several tunnels. The ground inside the tunnel can be slippery and there can be some water falling from the rocks. It is recommended taking a flashlight and a waterproof jacket. This trails offers some beautiful and fantastic scenery, with its unique flora and fauna of Madeira Island. At the end you reach Ribeira da Janela. There are a few lagoons along the watercourse that are deep enough to dive.Show more
#9 - PR11 Vereda dos Balcões
Ribeiro Frio, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 54 m
Starting at Ribeiro Frio, this short walk follows the levada of Serra do Faial, and gives access to the Balcões viewpoint with superb views over the valley of the Ribeira da Metade.Show more
#10 - Levada do Risco
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
The dense and deep green landscapes allow an inspiring descent until the beginning of Levada, through the Laurisilva Forest. On more rainy days, the floor may be more slippery through the mud, so you should take extra care in your mobility.Show more
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