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Hiking holidays in Portugal

Year-round active enjoyment

Our hiking holidays in Portugal can almost be described as a hiking miracle, because in this country you hike all year round. The mild climate offer ideal conditions during the winter months to unpack your hiking boots and enjoy your individual time-out in nature.

Whether in Madeira, in the Algarve or in the Alentejo region – in Portugal you can enjoy 365 days of endless active enjoyment on a hiking holiday without luggage.

The most beautiful hiking regions in Portugal

Hiker close to Porto da Cruz

Hiking paradise Portugal

Portugal – what a wonderful country. Not only does it have one of the seven oceans on its doorstep, the landscape of Portugal is also truly impressive. Due to year-round pleasant temperatures, the vegetation blooms the entire year. Flowers in all colours of the rainbow can be found everywhere, even on stony coastal paths. Lovely hiking paths provide wonderful views of the mysterious Atlantic, the hidden bays and beautiful countryside. And the most beautiful of all: you are not tied to any season, because there is always perfect hiking weather! The best thing about a hiking holiday in Portugal? You are not tied to any season in Portugal, because here there is perfect hiking weather all year round.

  • Read more about why hiking has no season and all the information about our year-round hiking holidays on the Eurohike HikingBlog.
Travel report about hiking on Madeira

Hiking in Madeira: The scent of the flower island

It is not without reason that the picturesque flower island of Madeira was one of Austrian Empress Elisabeth’s favourite places. Flowers as far as the eye can see, lush green gentle hills, a pleasant temperature all year and the deep blue sea in front of you. Discover the most beautiful hiking paths on Madeira, enjoy a mild hiking climate all year round, immerse yourself in the exotic world of flowers and enjoy the best that the island has to offer in terms of culinary highlights. Experience your individual active adventure on our hiking holiday around Madeira, 8 days and the hiking holiday around Madeira with Charm, 8 days.

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Around Madeira

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Around Madeira with Charm

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Hikers on the Fisherman's trail along Rota Vicentina

Wonderful peace while hiking in Alentejo

Where exactly is the Alentejo region located? The Alentejo is certainly not as famous as the Algarve, or the holiday island of Madeira, but it is in no way inferior to these regions in terms of beauty, relaxation and culinary delights. Authentic fishing villages on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and pristine nature reserves make the Alentejo hiking region something very special. If you are looking for a different kind of hiking adventure, then the hiking holiday Alentejo – Rota Vicentina, 8 days is exactly the perfect tour for you.

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Alentejo – Rota Vicentina

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Algarve coastal landscape

Leisure hiking in the Algarve 

The beautiful region of the Algarve has developed into a true paradise for hikers. Wonderful landscapes, pristine nature, idyllic sandy beaches and wonderful hiking trails – a hiking holiday without luggage in the Algarve is an unforgettable active experience. Our hiking holiday Algarve Hiking Rally, 8 days takes you from Tavira through pretty villages and past historical sights to the island of Tavira. Here you spend the night in the same accommodation and enjoy all the advantages of a hiking tour based in one hotel. Enjoy lots of coastal panoramas and the wonderful sea breeze on our hiking holiday Algarve Coastal Walk, 8 days.

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Algarve Hiking Rally

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Algarve Coastal Walk

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Useful information about hiking in Portugal

Spectacular coastal hiking at Ribeira Janela

The climate in Portugal

The sun is a permanent and welcome guest in Portugal. That is why Portugal is a very popular holiday destination, not only in summer but all year round. However, the pleasantly mild temperatures very rarely exceed the 30°C mark. You could say that Portugal has spring all year. The water temperatures can also be described as crisp and fresh. The temperature of the Atlantic is usually below 20°C. For us hikers, the particularly pleasant and mild climate proves to be a real blessing – not too hot, with many hours of sunshine, but also not too cool. Just perfect!

The diverse regions in Portugal offer ideal conditions for a hiking holiday all year round. Whether in spring, summer, autumn or on a hiking holiday in winter – enjoy 365 days of active enjoyment in Portugal.

Traditional island habits and mountain hiking pleasures on Madeira island

Cuisine in Portugal

Portuguese cuisine is presented to us in a variety of ways. On one hand it is similar to Spanish cuisine, on the other hand it has absorbed a lot of influence from Portugal’s colonies. So the frequent use of cinnamon stems from the Moorish rule of the past. Bacalhau has been the undisputed national dish for centuries. These are salted and dried cod. In addition to the many other fish dishes, soup is also very popular in Portugal, such as Sopa alentejana, meat dishes such as Cozido à portuguesa and desserts such as the famous Pastéis de Nata. The latter are puff pastry tartlets, filled with custard. Very sweet, and very tasty! And of course, you have to try wonderfully fresh fruit and vegetables when you are in Portugal. These thrive because of the constant sun!

Stunning panoramic views in hikers paradise Alentejo

Culture and tradition: the Fado

Portugal is inextricably linked to the fado. The fado is a very melancholic form of music that combines old Portuguese sailor songs with African rhythms. Fado mostly expresses melancholy and longing and has strongly shaped the image of the Portuguese in the world. There are two different styles of fado, namely the popular fado that is played in Lisbon and the traditional fado sun exclusively by men in Coimbra. The queen of fado, Amália Rodrigues, who died in 1999, knew how to mix these two styles and took the fado to the masses. She is still considered the most important Fado artist in Portugal.

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in Portugal

The dreamy regions in the Algarve and the Alentejo or on the flower island of Madeira are considered ideal hiking destinations in Portugal. Even more exotic and a special break awaits you when hiking in the Azores. No matter what you decide, a hiking holiday in Portugal is guaranteed to be the perfect time-out in nature.

Portugal has a total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 16 of these are listed as cultural heritage sites and one is listed as a natural heritage site. These include, for example, the historic center of Porto, the Laurisilva protected area of ​​Madeira (laurel forest), the Alto Douro wine region, the oldest wine-growing region in the world, the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary in the north of the country and many more.

There are plenty of culinary highlights in Portugal. Whether the Portuguese fish specialty Bacalhau (dried cod), the typical limpets or the national drink Poncha on Madeira, the Cataplana on the Algarave, a delicious "wok dish" from the copper pot, the wonderful dish Arroz de marisco (rice with seafood) or the numerous meat and fish specialties, desserts and regional wines. Experience pleasure as far as the eye can see in Portugal!

You will experience these unique highlights on a hiking holiday in Portugal:

Stunning panoramic view down to Porto da Cruz

Perfectly organised hiking tours in Portugal

A colourful variety as far as the eye can see – this and much more awaits hikers in Portugal. Our experienced Eurohike travel specialists and the Eurohike WANDERPLUS ensure that your hiking tour in Portugal is the perfect active experience. This includes our detailed travel documents, personal on-site support, luggage transfer during your hiking holiday, as well as cosy hotels and accommodation. You can also reach us on our Eurohike service-hotline if you have any questions during your hiking holiday.

Florian Frisch
We look forward to organising your hiking holidays in Portugal!
Florian Frisch, Team lead
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