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Best walking tours in Portugal

From the evada trails of Madeira and the lush volcanic islands of the Azores to the car-free sandbar islands of the Algarve and the fertile vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal is a walking holiday paradise. Here are five of our best Portugal walking tours.


Levada Trails of Madeira

Pace: moderate

Explore one of Portugal's most beautiful islands on a week-long walking holiday to Madeira. Take in views of unspoilt, verdant landscapes as you hike amongst a network of levadas. Built during the sixteenth-century to distribute rainwater from the north of the island to the parched regions of the south, these unique open canal systems gently trickle down the forested hillsides alongside ancient footpaths. Trek through lush UNESCO-protected laurel forest to uncover the plummeting waterfall of Caldeirão Verde, and edge your way along the famous Balcony Walk between the peaks of Arieiro and Ruivo.
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Remote coastal trails of Portugal

Pace: easy to moderate

Uninterrupted panoramas of golden beaches lapped by clear turquoise seas adorn the coastal paths of Portugal on this eight-day walking trip to the most south-western point of Europe. Based in the small coastal town of Sagres, you'll embark on gentle coastal walks of 3-4 hours each day, stopping in alfresco restaurants and bars for refreshments and tasty local cuisine along the way. Hike to the dramatic cliff tops of Ponta de Piedade, and discover natural arches and secluded beaches on the Seven Hanging Valley trail. 
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Azores Island Hopping

Pace: easy to moderate

Join our two-week island-hopping walking tour amongst the Azores Islands of Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. Located 800 miles away from Portugal's mainland, the Azores archipelago is full of natural wonders from extinct volcanoes and hot thermal springs to craggy coastlines and verdant vineyards. Walk along the rim of Sete Ciades crater to discover far-reaching views over the striking azure-blue and emerald-green lakes and follow the hydrangea-lined path of Faja dos Cubres down to a shallow coastal lagoon set on the shores of the ocean. 
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Walking in the Eastern Algarve

Pace: easy

Explore both inland and coastal walking routes on this tour along the Eastern Algarve, Portugal. Based in the historic town of Tavira, we'll take relaxed hikes through old, white-washed villages and traditional fishing communities, as well as car-free sandbar islands. Trek along the protected coastline of the Rio Formosa Estuarine National Park to the towering lighthouse of Farol at Portugal's southernmost point, and watch the sunset over the ocean as you sample a delicious dish of traditional 'cataplana' accompanied by a glass of chilled, crisp white wine. 
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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Pace: easy

Tiers of fertile vineyards wrap around the neat terraces of Douro Valley, one of Portugal's winemaking regions. Enjoy gentle walks along the banks of the calm Douro River snaking west towards the sea, and visit a local vineyard in Peso da Regua to learn about how the grapes are grown, harvested and pressed before sampling some of the local tipples. Cruise downstream to admire views of the valley from the water and take a train from the ornately decorated station of Pochino to the bustling city of Porto.
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