Explore the most popular walking 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.

beyond beautiful! at all angles. fun, not too difficult and made me want to keep going

Easy trail. Well marked and maintained. Hiking this trail gives you the feeling that you stepped back into some mythical story. You're just waiting to see an elf or something running through the woods. Awesome history all along the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

While not difficult, there is a lot of up and down. I would not say this is easy. Maybe more moderate. All around a great trail, well marked and maintained. This trail is like walking into a postcard.

hiking
16 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and quick. You can actually drive and park right at the base of the climb/stairs if you’d like instead of parking across the road and walking in. The view is incredible! Absolute must visit.

Pretty amazing view and a unique scenery and landscape compared to the rest of the island. Five stars

Not really a "hike"; more of a steep walk along paved walkways, but good exercise nonetheless.

Great little loop, starting in the town of Lomba da Fazenda. Really nice way marking throughout - we also loved seeing all the signs of geologists doing sampling work in the area (all the holes drilled in the rocks). This is the oldest part of São Miguel.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike takes you on a less trafficked part of Faial (not that any of Faial is particularly high-traffic). The ridges are fault lines, hence all the earthquakes in the area. It's a very pleasant hike - a mix of history and scenery.

Did this trail in May ‘18- it was nice and easy as far as terrain goes. Most of it is in a road with a few steep inclines/declines.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike, fairly easy. It's about 4 miles out and back to a lookout on the peninsula. Just navigate out to the very end of ER 109 to find the trail head. Start looking for parking on the side of the road just before you get there. It's a bit touristy but the views of the water and lava rock were lovely, as were the wildflowers in May. We finished this one in 2-2.5 hours.

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!

Great

Great Hike, we met group of German hikers with handbook map that helped us to reach to the castle, no too many marked post. Awesome views.

a beautiful hike. the waterfall was beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike around a beautiful lake. Lovely views all around and an abandoned chapel about half-way. Calderas and thermal springs are interesting as well. Love Vale Das Furnas and São Miguel!!!

Sfortunatamente ho solo camminato un paio di miglia prima di arrendermi . La quantità di acqua lungo i piccoli tunnel era impossibile da guadare con normali scarpe da trekking.
Peccato perché questo Trail è stupendo e vorrei riprovare ancora appena possibile .

Interesting levada which changes scenery a couple of times. Starts with an open farmland valley and eventually goes into more dense and lust vegetation. Has a nice little picnic zone next to a tiny lake and waterfall and later on the bigger waterfall is very pretty. Some parts of the last section through Levada Nova are not protected so beware.

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.

Insanely beautiful views at the top. You can sea the ocean on one side and the lake on the other.

I also really liked how the view along the hike to get to the lake was ever changing. Open dirt roads through rolling hills, then through the forest, then along the aqueduct system, then up the side of the crater... this is a very mentally stimulating hike.

With that being said, it is a very challenging hike. The uphill climb is steep. It gets pretty muddy in spots. Make sure to bring plenty of water and don't forget to stretch before you go or you'll be very sore the next day! Worth it for the views though.

We actually went with a guide to this waterfall. Very steep dirt road to get to it. Sadly there is some kind of electrical building right at the base of the waterfall that makes significant noise, so the ambience is ruined by it. However the waterfall is pretty and there's a small area for swimming. Just doesn't feel as remote and rural as you'd hope.

hiking
8 months ago

Spectacular trail. Also I strongly recommend you go to the boca de inferno miradour somewhat off the trail. It is the most spectacular view in the island!

Easy hike. Nice cafe half way to grab a latte and enjoy the view

Did half of the loop and enjoyed the views.

Easy and full of great sites

beautiful and interesting trail. loved the system of aqueducts as you near the lake. just be aware that the posted trail does not actually show the loop; instead only show the westward leg (presumably that is the "official"trail) -- was a bit confusing. The first part of the hike is steep but it gets much easier and prettier as you ascend.

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful views but very easy to lose the trail

Really long tour.
Be carreful with the roads pointed by MappsMe at the end of the tour. Those way are really hard.

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