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.