Portugal walking holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Independent coastal walking holidays in the Alentejo Coast, from €390 - €420 (8 days) ex flights
Madeira walking holiday
Walk the best trails of the island, from £758 (8 days) inc UK flights
Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
Walking/yoga/Art/R&R near beaches, forests, historic sites, from €490 - €1000 (7 days) ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €65 - €110 per room per night
Central Portugal self catering cottages and lodges
Log cabins in Central Portuguese countryside, from €390 - €630 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Alentejo walking holiday in Portugal, small group
8 Day Guided tour of the heart of the Alentejo, from €799 (8 days) ex flights
Walking holiday in Madeira
Walk through the wild and varied scenery of Madeira, from £749 - £1069 (8 days) inc UK flights
Madeira walking holiday, Portugal
A sub-tropical paradise perfect for year round walking, from £1149 - £1319 (8 days) inc UK flights
Self guided walking holidays in Central Portugal
Glamping and walking in the valleys of Central Portugal, from £500 (7 days) ex flights
Portugal walking and culture holiday, Lisbon and Sintra
A perfect walking getaway uncovering Lisbon and Sintra's gems., from €699 (5 days) ex flights
Alentejo self guided walking in Portugal
Discovering the unexplored paths along the Alentejo coast, from €420 (8 days) ex flights
Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Varied walking in totally unspoilt scenery; luxury Pousada., from £488 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal self guided walking holiday, Alentejo and Lisbon
A wonderful 9 day walk encountering Portugal's authenticity., from €659 - €729 (9 days) ex flights
Alentejo walking holiday, Portugal
Visit the largest protected coastal Natural Park in Europe, from £1298 - £1407 (8 days) inc UK flights
Azores walking holiday, Portugal
Walk to Cete Cidades and the Fire Lakes, from £1449 - £1549 (8 days) inc UK flights
Alentejo self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Experience both excitement and comfort on this self-guided tour, from €600 - €700 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yurt holidays
Luxurious yurts in a magical and secluded location, from £65 per couple per night
Walking holiday in Portugal, Schist Villages
Schist villages, hiking for nature lovers, central Portugal, from €588 - €663 (8 days) ex flights
Sintra bed and breakfast in Portugal
Cosy and confortable ambiance, from €60 - €80 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Portugal self guided walking holiday, Medieval Encounter
5 days uncovering Alentejo's hilltop medieval villages., from €399 - €499 (5 days) ex flights
Minho B&B accommodation, Portugal
17th century manor house with self catering accommodation, from €50 per room per night
Peneda Geres National Park accommodation in Portugal
In the middle of the Geres National Park in North Portugal, from €55 - €65 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Portugal walking & culture holiday, Medieval Encounter
5 days uncovering hilltop medieval gems in Alentejo., from €679 (5 days) ex flights
Portugal self guided walking holiday, Lisbon and Sintra
A perfect walking getaway uncovering Lisbon and Sintra's gems., from €259 - €359 (5 days) ex flights

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Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
First class!!....Owners of the property helped us plan wonderful cycling trips in the area through majestic woodland, gorgeous beaches, unspoilt villages and great restaurants. Also wonderful breakfasts. (more)kath Ferguson
We needed a break and did that in a peacefully located “green” guest house in the rural hills of the amazing Sintra Natural Park - in other words “Mission Completed” (more)benedikte lohfert wόrtz
We thoroughly enjoyed our break in a great place where Aasta and James were super supportive and helpful hosts. (more)Martin Ruddock
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Wonderful holiday! More Canadians (North Americans) should know about Portugal and it’s walking tours. (more)Jeffrey Fish
The self-guided walking tour of the Rota Vincentina was overall a great experience. We would gladly return to walk some of the other routes of Southwest Portugal...The trail was incredible. The coastal scenery was breathtaking and access to isolated beaches provided great natural experiences. (more)Barry Corbett
Seeing and feeling the beautiful energy from the ocean as spring broke over Portugal was the most memorable part of my holiday. My every need was considered and prepared for, and the scenery and fresh air was spectacular. (more)Kathy House
From €390 - €420 excluding flights
Portugal self guided walking holiday, Alentejo and Lisbon
Memorable parts? It sounds like a cop-out … but everything was memorable. When I asked my wife the question, she had the same answer. That’s the beauty of the self-guided walking tour the company put together for us. Sara & Guido created a treasure trove of sights and experiences. In fact it was the early emails with with them that convinced us to extend our holiday and spend more time in the areas they recommended. We can’t imagine a great holiday without them. Between the urban strolls... (more)Jeffrey Fish
From €659 - €729 excluding flights
Madeira walking holiday
...lots of variety...Extremely enjoyable holiday. One that I would recommend. (more)Anne-Marie Hesmondhalgh
The weather was stellar, sunshine every day. We carried raingear and never used it! James, the leader and the other guests formed a cohesive group of companions for the week. Most memorable for me was climbing the highest peak in one long arduous day, at once the most gruelling and rewarding hike I have ever taken. (more)Andrew Miner
The walks, particularly when the weather allowed us to view the spectacular scenery and the group of people we walked with were the best parts of the trip. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £758 including UK flights
Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
My hosts helped me to find my feet as soon as I got off the plane and I was able to get the most out of my stay in the atmospheric Sintra National Park, walking, swimming and visiting a good range of places of historical interest. (more)Richard Bell
Really enjoyed staying at the guesthouse. Hospitality was amazing. James was there with good information regarding where to find plants and books and help plan days out. (more)Lynne Samuel
The most memorable parts were the lovely countryside (red-tiled roofs, etc.), the beautiful historic towns to visit (Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra, Obidos...) and the marvellous breakfasts (really brunches) cooked up by Aasta. I also appreciated the many nice little touches (not expected in a B&B) - a bathrobe, fresh fruit and little chocolates in the room every day... (more)Joanne Deller
From €490 - €1000 excluding flights
Portugal yurt holidays
For us a 10 out of 10. Marvellous hosts. Unique quiet setting. Wonderful homemade food. (more)Luca Bosatta
This holiday was excellent; it is a great way to unwind and enjoy the beautiful countryside in Portugal and to get to know the friendly locals (more)amanda Law
The most memorable part was being surrounded by nature, beautiful rivers, great people - the Portuguese and the yurt owners...The perfect holiday (more)Emma Scott-Boon
From £65 per couple per night
Minho B&B accommodation, Portugal
Memorable parts? The arrival itself was memorable in the way the owner gave us a comprehensive tour of the farm, encouraging us at every step to make the most out of the farm and use the produce. It is clear that for the family that owns and runs the farm, this is much more than mere business. For them this is sharing of values and a way of life. Children are treated with attention and respect, their questions are answered in a serious and empowering way. While they are told of caution they... (more)Sunoor Verma
From €50 per room per night
Portugal walking & culture holiday, Medieval Encounter
Wonderful. Refreshing. Peaceful. (more)Adele Torrance
Every bit of it was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend this holiday to anyone who wishes to have an authentic experience of life in a very beautiful part of rural Portugal. (more)victoria mann
I would run out of superlatives, this was truly excellent from start to finish. (more)Jeff Todd
From €679 excluding flights
Portugal self guided walking holiday, Lisbon and Sintra
Memorable parts? walking in the Alentejo area especially around Marvao. Tips? be prepared for unexpected weather conditions and take all suitable clothing for walking in difficult terain. Local benefits? Yes, we sampled local food and wine and used local B&Bs Overall rating? The holiday was most enjoyable and well organised with help supplied by the organisers. (more)Terry Macintyre
From €259 - €359 excluding flights
Peneda Geres National Park accommodation in Portugal
Memorable parts? The construction of the houses is unique. Silence in the night is complete. The space utilization inside is admirable. Tips? Confirm very clearly how many beds are there in the house. While I had communicated clearly that we are a family of four with kids 8 and 10, there were only three beds in the house. The owner had communicated that there is one double bed and one sofa bed. The sofa bed turned out to be a single folding bed. We joined the other two beds allowing... (more)Sunoor Verma
From €55 - €65 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Portugal Holidays

Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. Portugal holidays are popular thanks to the diverse mix of traditional villages, vibrant cities, countryside strewn with historical treasures, and a coastline of virtually one continuous beach. When planning your Portugal holiday you may choose to visit the country's lively capital, Lisbon, and its northern sibling, Porto, both with picturesque neighbourhoods, broad plazas and old-fashioned trams still rattling through the streets. Outside the cities, Portugal holidays can be enjoyed exploring the country's old-fashioned charm, with medieval castles and picture-perfect villages scattered over meandering coastlines and flower-covered hillsides.

With an excellent range of activities, a great climate and a huge diversity of landscapes, a family holiday in Portugal is a popular choice. The diversity of the landscape creates a fabulous and varied adventure playground to be explored during an action packed family holiday in Portugal. You and your kids may find yourself learning how to surf the Atlantic waves, abseiling and climbing the cliffs of ‘Pego das Pias’ lagoon, canoeing to the harbour, or cycling along the river banks.

The country's wild dune-covered beaches, protected coves and sandy islands alternatively allow you to escape the action and relax on your honeymoon in Portugal. There are a wonderful range of holidays available to suit your honeymoon in Portugal, with accommodation options from luxurious hotels to romantic mountain yurts, and activity options from swimming with the dolphins to exploring historic castles and palaces to just relaxing on the beach while tasting freshly caught seafood and the finest of Portuguese wines. From a family holiday in Portugal to a honeymoon in Portugal, it is certainly a destination which offers something for everyone.

Algarve holidays in Portugal

With its year round sunshine, long, sandy beaches and picturesque rocky coves, the southern coast of the Algarve is the most visited region in the country. In the west, you will find postcard images of the province – a series of tiny bays and broken coves. In the east lies the less developed sandy offshore islets which front the coastline for some 25 miles. There are a wonderful range of Algarve holidays including cycling, walking, surfing Algarve holidays as well as a huge number of Algarve accommodation options including self catering cottages, farmhouses and Algarve apartments.

Portugal Walking Holidays

Portugal has traditionally been a nation of great explorers so whether you like mountains, valleys or coastal walking, Portugal walking holidays have something for everyone. Walking holidays in Portugal may be guided or self-guided and usually run from 5-8 days. Northern Portugal's mountainous national parks offer vast Portugal hiking opportunities where you get to experience lush terraced valleys, tropical orchids and the vivid array of exotic flora. Alternatively you may find yourself following the country's coastline, absorbing the varying geology of the coastal scenery, seascapes and wild life. There are Portugal hikes that enable you to stay in centuries-old vineyards before passing through castle towns and medieval quarters. Portugal walking holidays are a truly personal way of experiencing the country's timeless landscapes at it's very best.

Cycling in Portugal

A cycling holiday in Portugal sends you off the beaten track to engage you with your surroundings, giving you the sense of freedom and achievement from really discovering the region. There is a wonderful range of guided or self-guided Portugal cycling tours available at all different levels. Many of the less difficult routes travel through environments suitable for walking holidays in Portugal. Here, you may find yourself cycling in Portugal passed brightly coloured fields of fig trees, orange groves, almond trees and cork oaks, stopping at typically Portuguese villages, natural mineral springs, and ancient castles. Alternatively you may decide to head towards the southern coastline with towering cliffs and vast stretches of pristine beaches. Most of these Portugal cycling routes uses quiet country roads and good tracks, leaving the main roads to when there is no other option.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, there are Portugal cycling tours that take trails of higher levels of difficulty such as mountain biking between the coast and the interior of the country. Here you may find yourself cycling in Portugal up to 50km a day through the mountains which separate the Alentejo from the Algarve: all with superb views. Essentially rural and sparsely populated, it offers a landscape that is uncommonly well preserved. Whichever type of Portugal cycling holiday you choose to take, you will find there is no better way to explore the remote corners of the country than to go cycling in Portugal.

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