What to expect on a walking tour in Portugal
Can I join a walking trip in Portugal as a solo traveler?
Our small group trips are ideal for traveling solo, and you’ll be in good company – around half of travelers on our trips are traveling on their own. Our walking itineraries are designed with solo travelers in mind so that you can meet and socialise with other like-minded hikers, sharing your experiences along the way.
When is the best time to go walking in Portugal?
The best times of year to visit Portugal are in spring and autumn, and this is particularly true for walking vacations. The climate is pleasantly warm outside of summer and so more comfortable for walking and exploring. There’ll still be plenty of sunshine, and you can swim in the still-warm sea, while the cooling Atlantic breezes mean it’s not too hot - perfect for hiking.
How challenging are walking vacations in Portugal?
Our walking tours in Portugal are graded from easy through to moderate, and walks vary from three to six hours in a day. Landscapes and terrains are varied, from cobbled streets to ancient woodlands and coastal paths. Our small group trips all stop and regroup regularly, with plenty of rest breaks to take in the views along the way.
What will I eat on a Portugal hiking tour?
Portugal is well known for its delicious cuisine. Dishes are typically hearty - ideal for fuelling a walking tour - and packed with fresh local ingredients. Food varies between different regions. In southern Portugal try cataplana, a flavoursome seafood stew cooked in a clam-shaped copper pot. The Azores are known for their seafood, particularly tuna, and traditional cozido (slow-cooked Portuguese hot pot), cooked in the volcanic fumeroles. In Lisbon, the custard tarts are a must. Throughout Portugal you'll find delicious wines, while in Madeira poncha is the cocktail to order, made from distilled sugar cane juice.
Where will I be staying on my Portugal walking tour?
Our small group tours to Portugal stay in small comfortable hotels. Wherever possible we stay in locally-owned and run hotels, and always choose the best locations for exploring the area. On our Azores walking tour, accommodation on Horta Island is premium standard as is the centre-based accommodation on our Eastern Algarve trip. Elsewhere, accommodation is a comfortable standard throughout.