Portugal

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Portugal - by Henk

It wasn't until the late nineteen-nineties that Portugal started the construction and marking of hiking paths. Long distance hiking trails are still rare. The major Grande Rota (GR's) are in part no more than a promiss. Of European long distance hiking trail E7 (GR12), 80 km on the border with Spain are ready. The GR11, Camino de Santiago, by now runs from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. Most fully completed is the 540 km long GR22, Trail of the Old Towns. Problematic in Portugal are the often outdated maps and sometimes poor condition of paths and markings.

As a good alternative you can hike a range of shorter trails, which you will come across in all national parks and protected landscape areas. These walks last from several hours to a full day, and are marked in red and yellow. Names of these trails start with PR, Pequena Rota (= minor routes), signposts mark the trailheads, although some trails are circular. Try to buy maps and guides through the internet or in you own country in advance, because locally these are hard to come by.

Walking the shorter trails is an excellent way to explore Portugese nature. The first national park that deserves to be mentioned is Peneda-Gerês, a mountain area abounding in water, in the north of Portugal forming the border with Spain. Another good area for hiking is the Serra de Estrela, where you will find mainland Portugal's highest mountain Malhão de Estrela (1993m). Most hikers will be looking for walks in the Algarve, and on the vulcanic islands of Madeira, the Azores (with Mount Pico as the highest at 2351m) and Berlengas. These popular islands harbour bizarre plant and animal life, and offer numerous short marked trails.

Trails

Regions

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Portugal Garden Path Notebook
  • Designer Notebook with 150 lined pages, 6'' x 9''. Glossy softcover, perfect for everyday use. Perfectly spaced between lines to allow plenty of room to write. Wild Pages Press are publishers of unique journals, school exercise books, college or university lecture pads, memo books, notebooks, journals and travel journals that are a little bit... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Portugal Garden Path Notebook
  • Designer Notebook with 150 lined pages, 6'' x 9''. Glossy softcover, perfect for everyday use. Perfectly spaced between lines to allow plenty of room to write. Wild Pages Press are publishers of unique journals, school exercise books, college or university lecture pads, memo books, notebooks, journals and travel journals that are a little bit... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Natuurgids - Opruiming Walvissen kijken in Europa | KNNV Uitgeverij
  • Wat is er mooier dan vanaf een boot een groep dolfijnen te zien opduiken, of de ‘blow’ van een potvis te ontdekken? In Europa zijn verschillende plaatsen waar dat mogelijk is, van Noorwegen tot de Azoren en van Schotland tot de Italiaanse Noordkust. Walvissen kijken in Europa laat u kennismaken met de beste whalewatch-locaties en hun... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • I Love the seaside
  • I Love the Seaside - de eerste reisgids langs de Atlantische kust'I Love the Seaside' combineert het beste van twee werelden: reizen en surfen. Iedereen die ofwel zelf surft, een partner of familielid heeft die surft, of gewoonweg van de zee houdt, heeft met deze gids een kompas langs de Atlantische Oceaan in handen. Een boek voor alle zee- en... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • I Love the seaside
  • I Love the Seaside - de eerste reisgids langs de Atlantische kust'I Love the Seaside' combineert het beste van twee werelden: reizen en surfen. Iedereen die ofwel zelf surft, een partner of familielid heeft die surft, of gewoonweg van de zee houdt, heeft met deze gids een kompas langs de Atlantische Oceaan in handen. Een boek voor alle zee- en... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • time to momo - Lissabon
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Lissabon-gids! Maak kennis met Lissabon, een van Europa's hipste hoofdsteden. Natuurlijk wil je struinen door de oude volkswijk Alfama, waar de fadomuziek ooit ontstond, en een ritje maken met tram 28 hoort erbij, maar je kunt de stad ook overzien vanaf een van de uitzichtpunten op de zeven heuvels waarop... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • time to momo - Lissabon
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Lissabon-gids! Maak kennis met Lissabon, een van Europa's hipste hoofdsteden. Natuurlijk wil je struinen door de oude volkswijk Alfama, waar de fadomuziek ooit ontstond, en een ritje maken met tram 28 hoort erbij, maar je kunt de stad ook overzien vanaf een van de uitzichtpunten op de zeven heuvels waarop... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Portugal
  • Catch a waft of cool air and a mournful song in Lisbon's labyrinthine AlfamaSplash into the clear waters at the Algarve's pristine Praia da ArrifanaSavor the silky texture and appealing sweetness of a late-bottled vintage portIn This Guide:Four authors, 124 days on-the-ground research, 27 custard tartsFull-color chapters on Portugal's... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Portugal
  • Catch a waft of cool air and a mournful song in Lisbon's labyrinthine AlfamaSplash into the clear waters at the Algarve's pristine Praia da ArrifanaSavor the silky texture and appealing sweetness of a late-bottled vintage portIn This Guide:Four authors, 124 days on-the-ground research, 27 custard tartsFull-color chapters on Portugal's... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Reisgidsen Lissabon | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Zonnige bestemming Lissabon, hoofdstad van Portugal, is in trek als vakantiebestemming. Niet alleen bij zonaanbidders die komen voor... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, foto s van... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Portugal
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, foto s van... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 Lissabon | Unieboek
  • De naam zegt het al: een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels -... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Walking in Portugal
  • Portugal is something of an undiscovered gem for hikers, offering beautiful, diverse landscapes and vast amounts of space. Thanks to its variety of micro-climates, it is possible to find pleasant walking conditions in all seasons, and the multitude of trails boast fantastic scenery and are rich in natural, historical and cultural interest. This... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Walking in Portugal
  • Portugal is something of an undiscovered gem for hikers, offering beautiful, diverse landscapes and vast amounts of space. Thanks to its variety of micro-climates, it is possible to find pleasant walking conditions in all seasons, and the multitude of trails boast fantastic scenery and are rich in natural, historical and cultural interest. This... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Portugal Nord
  • Atemberaubend sch ne H gel- und Gebirgslandschaften, einsame Hochebenen und tief eingeschnittene Flusst ler. Darin eingebettet sind pittoreske Bergd rfer, auf den Hochweiden vermitteln die eindrucksvollen, aber gutm tigen Cachena-Langhornrinder einen Hauch von Wildwest. Der Norden Portugals ist bis heute ein uriges und nahezu unentdecktes... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Portugal Nord
  • Atemberaubend sch ne H gel- und Gebirgslandschaften, einsame Hochebenen und tief eingeschnittene Flusst ler. Darin eingebettet sind pittoreske Bergd rfer, auf den Hochweiden vermitteln die eindrucksvollen, aber gutm tigen Cachena-Langhornrinder einen Hauch von Wildwest. Der Norden Portugals ist bis heute ein uriges und nahezu unentdecktes... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Camino Portugues Maps - Sixth Edition
  • Spiritual seekers and travelers will find all the resources they need to walk the Way of St. James in this complete set of maps and town plans covering the sacred route from Lisbon, via Porto, to Santiago de Compostella, including the alternate coastal route. For the first time, the 2018 edition also includes a Spiritual Variant and a Littoral... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Camino Portugues Maps - Sixth Edition
  • Spiritual seekers and travelers will find all the resources they need to walk the Way of St. James in this complete set of maps and town plans covering the sacred route from Lisbon, via Porto, to Santiago de Compostella, including the alternate coastal route. For the first time, the 2018 edition also includes a Spiritual Variant and a Littoral... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago de Escoural
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 25m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Spain and Portugal in the Reign of Charles III Wall Map
  • The Iberian Peninsula on a reproduction of a map published by the Dutch cartographic and engraving firm of Danckerts showing the theatres of regional conflicts during the rule of Charles III who reigned from 1759 to 1788.The map, to give its full title “Accuratissima Totius Regni Hispaniae, Tabula per Iustinium Dancherts – Theatre de la Guerre... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cap de Creus Park Natural Editorial Alpina
  • Cap de Creus Natural Park on the Costa Brava at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Editorial Alpina, plus a booklet which includes English language descriptions several recommended hiking trails, accommodation details, etc.Topography is presented by contours at10m intervals with relief shading and plenty of spot heights, plus... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kazakhstan - Heart of Asia Map Pack
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago de Escoural
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago do Cacem
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:100,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Português, the country’s civilian survey organisation. The maps have contours at 50m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of vegetation (vineyards, olive groves, etc). Each sheet covers... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago do Cacem
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation. The maps have contours at 20m intervals and in addition to the standard features shown on topographic mapping at this scale also indicate various types of terrain or vegetation (sand, terraces, rocks, woodlands,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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Belgium
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