Walking in Portugal

40 graded short and multi-day walks throughout the country

By Simon Whitmarsh, Andrew Mok

Guidebook describing over 40 walks throughout Portugal. The mainly circular half-day and day routes cover most National and Nature Parks in Portugal including the country's highest peak in Serra da Estrela, as well as visiting traditional stone-built villages and sites of historical interest. Includes background information.

Seasons

Seasons

With such a variety of micro-climates, it is possible to find pleasant walking weather at any time of the year.
Centres

Centres

Peneda-Gerês National Park; Montesinho Nature Park; Alvão Nature Park; Douro International Nature Park; schist villages near Coimbra; Serra da Estrela Nature Park; Lisbon; Tajo and São Mamede Nature Parks; Monsaraz and Évora; the Algarve, Costa Vicentina and Guadiana
Difficulty

Difficulty

The routes allow for differing levels of ability, and range from shorter walks suitable for a relaxing family stroll to strenuous mountain hikes and challenging multi-day long-distance paths.
Must See

Must See

Fantastic views from Candeeiros summit; historic Marvão; Odeceixe beach; the dramatic glacial scenery of the Zêzere Valley; solitude and nature in Peneda-Gerês National Park; waterfalls on Rota das Cascatas
ISBN
9781852848897
Availability
Published
Published
11 Jan 2018
Edition
First
Pages
264
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
290g
  • Overview

    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 guide describes 40 graded walks, ranging from gentle family strolls to strenuous mountain hikes (including Portugal's highest peak) and multi-day routes. The walks are spread throughout Portugal, with a focus on the country's many natural and national parks, including Peneda-Gerês, Serra da Estrela and Costa Vicentina. Clear route description is illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping and a route summary table makes it easy to choose the right walk. As well as practical travel advice, there is information on Portugal's geology, history, plants, wildlife and agriculture and on numerous local points of interest.

    From the rugged mountains of the north to the UNESCO-listed Rio Douro river valley, from traditional schist villages to the unique geology of the Algarve coast, the walks have been carefully selected to showcase some of the best Portugal has to offer. They take in granite peaks, wildflower meadows, woodland, waterfalls, castles, churches and archeological remains. With routes suitable for most ambitions and abilities, what further inspiration do you need to discover the myriad delights of this wonderful, yet frequently overlooked, destination?

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    About Portugal
    Geology
    History
    Wildlife
    Plants and flowers
    Agriculture
    Weather
    When to go
    Getting there
    Travelling around
    Where to stay
    Food and drink
    Equipment
    Waymarking
    Maps
    Water
    Emergencies and safety
    Using this guide
    Northern Portugal
    Peneda-Gerês National Park
    Walk 1 Caminho dos Mortos, Real
    Walk 2 Trilho Castrejo, Castro Laboreiro
    Walk 3 Peneda circuit
    Walk 4 Pertinho do Ceu, Gavieira
    Walk 5 Bicos and Pedrada
    Walk 6 Pitões das Júnias and Capela de São João da Fraga
    Walk 7 Minas dos Carris, Portela de Homem
    Walk 8 Gerês circuit
    Walk 9 Águia do Sarilhão and Via Nova, Campo do Gerês
    Walk 10 Trilho dos Currais, Vila do Gerês
    Montesinho Nature Park
    Walk 11 Trilho da Calçada, Moimenta
    Walk 12 Montesinho summits
    Around Alvão Nature Park
    Walk 13 Senhora da Graça, Mondim de Basto
    Walk 14 Marão summit
    Douro International Nature Park
    Walk 15 Azeite, Bruçó
    Walk 16 Ribeira do Mosteiro
    Central Portugal and Lisbon
    Schist villages
    Walk 17 Schist villages of Lousã
    Walk 18 Caminho do Xisto das Aldeias de Góis and Lousã summit
    Walk 19 Trilho do Vale do Ceira, Cabreira
    Serra da Estrela Nature Park
    Walk 20 Sol and Rota das Faias, Manteigas
    Walk 21 Rota do Carvão, Manteigas
    Walk 22 Javali and Poço do Inferno, Manteigas
    Walk 23 Rota do Glaciar, Torre–Manteigas
    Walk 24 Poios Brancos, Manteigas
    Around Lisbon
    Walk 25 Castelejo, Alvados
    Walk 26 Chãos
    Walk 27 Peninha, Sintra
    Walk 28 Cabo Espichel, Arrábida
    Tejo and São Mamede Nature Parks
    Walk 29 Rota dos Abutres, Salvaterra do Extremo
    Walk 30 GR29 Rota dos Veados
    Walk 31 Marvão
    Monsaraz and Évora
    Walk 32 Évora aqueduct and Ecopista
    Walk 33 Monsaraz
    Southern Portugal
    The Algarve, Costa Vicentina and Guadiana
    Walk 34 Odeceixe beach circuit
    Walk 35 Cabo de São Vicente
    Walk 36 Rota das Cascatas, Monchique
    Walk 37 Trilho da Fóia, Monchique
    Walk 38 Pulo do Lobo, Guadiana
    Walk 39 GR23
    Walk 40 Serra do Caldeirão, Parizes

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts
    Appendix C Language

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  • Reviews
    This excellent book opens up another side of the country and makes it accessible

    You know some travel guide books are going to be good as soon as you open them and skim through a few pages. Walking in Portugal: 40 graded short and multi-day walks throughout the country by keen world hikers Andrew Mok and Simon Whitmarsh is one of those books.

    For any travel guide to be a success, especially a walking guide, it needs to answer certain questions. Among these are: does the book have easy to understand and follow maps? Walking in Portugal certainly does. Is the book well organized into sections by area? Check. Do the photographs add to the understanding of the text? Check. Are there sections on what to take and where to purchase maps of the walks? Check again.

    In addition the first part of the book is full of useful information on what to expect and how to prepare to walk and hike one of Europe's most beautiful countries. There is useful information on Portugal's geology, flora and fauna, weather, food and drink and where to stay. The appendix also has a summary of the 40 walks covered in the book and listed at the beginning. These walks range from mountain hikes in the Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north of the country to walks in the Algarve region in the south. There is also a list of useful contacts (airlines, maps, accommodation) and a short language section.

    The description of the walks themselves is, of course, mostly directions, (very, very detailed directions) and this book is meant to be taken out into the field. It is thus small enough to fit snugly in a pocket or rucksack. However, the text is enlivened by the authors' asides on the history, plants, animals and legends walkers following in their footsteps will be thrilled to discover. Portugal is well-known to visitors for its historic cities and glorious beaches. This excellent book opens up another side of the country and makes it accessible: Portugal's rich and diverse landscapes, the empty spaces and wonderful scenery.

    Portugal Visitor

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Whitmarsh Simon

Simon Whitmarsh

​​Simon Whitmarsh is a keen walker, covering over 2000km a year. He has walked extensively in Britain, doing (at least part) of all the major trails, has hiked across England twice, and has walked in most countries in Europe. More recently his addiction to mountains has increased, with treks in the US (including many parts of the Appalachian trail), Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Nepal (Everest Base Camp).

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Mok  Andrew

Andrew Mok

​Andrew Mok is a keen walker, covering over 2000km a year. He has walked extensively in Britain, doing (at least part) of all the major trails, has hiked across England twice, and has walked in most countries in Europe. More recently his addiction to mountains has increased, with treks in the US (including many parts of the Appalachian trail), Australia, New Zealand, Andrew’s native Hong Kong, and Nepal (Everest Base Camp).

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