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Best trails in Portugal

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Ready to check out the best trails in Portugal? AllTrails has 1,157 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 705 moderate trails in Portugal ranging from 0.9 to 406.6 miles and from 0 to 6,161 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Ponta de São Lourenço
Ponta de Sao Lourenco Special Conservation Zone
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
This is one of the better walks in Madeira. The extreme eastern tip of the island consists of a long, extensive peninsula called Ponta de São Lourenço. In the winter months this is overgrown with moss but in the summer everything is completely dry. The path has some steep climbs, especially the climb to the viewpoint after you have passed the Casa da Sardinha. But your effort is ultimately rewarded with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The way back takes almost the same path and takes about the same amount of time.Show more
#2 - Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
This trail takes place in the immense and magnificent mountains of Madeira. Along the way you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes composed by the formidable rock formations, sometimes covered by the clouds and the villages that can be seen in the distance. Stop once in a while and feel the great feeling to be closer to the sky. Also in this journey you can visit the three highest peaks of Madeira: Pico do Arieiro, Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo. This is a mountain trail so it requires some physical preparation and endurance for hikers, who are faced with many ups and downs. However, the effort required is offset by extraordinary views that the walk provides. Once at Pico Ruivo you can relax, have a snack or visit the shelter. Finally, be sure to go to the top of the peak and elate with the landscape and breathtaking views of the peaks and villages. In sunny days, you may have a 360 degree view of the island with its main points highlighted: Curral das Freiras, Porto Santo, Desertas, Ponta de São Lourenço and others.Show more
#3 - Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
Armação de Pêra, Algarve, Portugal
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
A trip along the Algarve coast from Praia da Marinha in the east to Praia Vale de Centianes. The trail includes a variety of beaches and caves to explore. It can be walked from either direction and includes many signs on posts or painted rocks to guide the way. Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - PR1 FLO Trail: Ponta Delgada to Fajã Grande
Cedros, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 8 h 4 m
The trail starts in Ponta Delgada, next to the road to the old football field. You will walk along the tarmac road, always having the Northern coast and Corvo Island on your right. At the crossroads, near Albernaz Lighthouse, you can detour to the lighthouse or turn right to the left, ascend the cement road until you find an old track on your right. Follow the track, between hydrangeas and endemic vegetation, until you have an ascent on your left. You should not walk straight ahead because this old trail will take you to the landslide and will make you turn back. You will follow the track on the left, where the dominant vegetation is heath (Erica azorica) and cedar (Juniperus brevifoglia). When you reach the edge of the cliff you will find some wooden stairs and then the trail continues by descending to steep track with natural stone steps. You need to be careful, especially when the stones are wet. After the steep descent, you will find the old track that will take you along a stone track, until you reach Ponta da Fajã and Fajã Grande. Currently, the trail begins and ends in the same place as the previous one, but it contours the collapse by a section recently recovered. The course begins in Ponta Delgada, along the path that gives access to the old soccer field. We walk along the tar road always with the north coast and Corvo Island to our right. At the fork near the Albernaz Lighthouse we can make a detour to the lighthouse or turn left just up the cement road until you find an old path on our right. We follow this path between hydrangeas and endemic vegetation until a climb to the left. One should not go forward because this old railroad takes us to the collapse and will force us to turn around. We follow the path to the left where the dominant vegetation is constituted by Urze and Cedro-do-mato. When we reach the edge of the cliff we find a wooden staircase and then the trail begins to descend on a sloping floor with steps in natural stone. And you need to be careful especially when the stones are wet. After the steep descent you will find the ancient trail that leads us through a stone paved road to Ponta da Fajã and Fajã Grande.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - Campo Benfeito, Cotelo e Gosende
Gosende, Center Region, Portugal
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
#9 - Lajedo a Fajã Grande via Trilho PR2 FLO
Lajedo, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
This walking route takes us from Lajedo to Fajã Grande through the parishes of Mosteiro and Fajãzinha. The first section takes place on an old cobbled path to the parish of Mosteiro. From the Monastery we have to walk a short distance on a tarmac road until we turn left onto an old path that crosses the small uninhabited village of Caldeira do Mosteiro. Immediately afterwards we find a shortcut on the left that goes down abruptly to Fajãzinha. Care must be taken when descending because natural stones are extremely slippery, especially on a rainy day. Years ago, the bridge over Ribeira Grande was destroyed by the force of the river and we have to climb to the road to cross Ribeira Grande. When we reached the road we found an old working watermill. After a visit to the mill we continue over the bridge and then we can choose to make a 800 meter detour to Poça das Patas, one of the most impressive places in the archipelago. We cross the second bridge over the Ribeiro do Ferreiro and then turn right on a tarmac road. After 700 meters in tar, we entered a paved stone path again and walked between small cultivation lands to our final destination.Show more
#10 - 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
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