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Walking and Trekking Holidays in Portugal

With a mild climate, tempered by the sea breezes of the Atlantic Ocean, a variety of beautiful and often wild landscapes, delicious local cuisine and crisp wines, Portugal makes a great destination for a walking holiday.

The walking trails of the Algarve in Portugal's South follow breathtakingly scenic coastal paths along impressive cliffs, across empty unspoilt beaches and through remote and traditional villages. On an Explore walking and trekking holiday, hikers can follow the long distance path known as the Rota Vincenta to Cabo Sao Vicente, the most south-westerly point of Europe.

Exploring the rolling fertile wine lands of the Douro Valley, stretching from inland Spain to the Atlantic Coast at historic Porto, is a great way to enjoy countryside walks away from the main tourist trail. There are many picturesque villages to discover and wineries, known locally as bodegas, where you can call in and sample the regional wines.

Walking in Madeira

A lush volcanic island lying off the coast of West Africa, the island of Madeira has a varied topography, fascinating local history, remarkable flora and fauna and a year round mild climate. Joining an Explore holiday to Portugal, walkers and trekkers can discover Madeira’s network of ‘levada’ trails, which follow the course of centuries-old aqueducts, enabling hikers to contour the steep mountain slopes with panoramic views over the valleys and shoreline below. Food lovers can enjoy traditional Madeiran cuisine including great seafood and for those wanting to relax there are plenty of opportunities for swimming in beautiful, natural sea pools.

Walking in the Azores

For those looking for a unique adventure, Explore offers a two week trip to the Azores archipelago. Located even further out in the Atlantic these islands are also green and volcanic. You can hike on any of the nine islands, each of which has its own distinct character. The landscape of the Azores is varied with walks to hot springs, crater lakes, green forests, gorges and craggy coastline as well as through cultivated agricultural areas. Explore offers opportunities to take boat trips in search of dolphins and whales.

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With great value and frequent low-cost flights from a number of UK airports to places such Faro on the Algarve Coast, the capital city Lisbon and Funchal in Madeira, Portugal is an ideal destination for a self-guided walking holiday.

When travelling to Portugal, the detailed route notes and maps supplied by Explore will help you navigate well researched routes and make the most of your time hiking, whilst the logistics of your main luggage being transferred from hotel to hotel are taken care of. Your pre-booked accommodation in Portugal is chosen for its character, location and comfort.

The long-distance Rota Vicenta follows Portugal's remote south-western coastline to Cabo Sao Vicente, continental Europe's western-most point. It is is an incredibly popular destination for self-guided walkers looking for an authentic, off-beat and incredible value-for-money destination. Away from the Portuguese mainland, the island of Madeira, offers year-round walking trips through its incredibly diverse landscapes ranging from basaltic sea cliffs at Ponta da Sao Lourenco , the waterfall plateau of Paul da Serra, the famous irrigation canals known as 'levadas' as well as the island's highest peak, Pico Ruivo which stands at 1862 metres.

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