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Top 7 walking and trekking holidays in Spain & Portugal

Find the perfect place to walk from our top seven walking trips in Spain and Portugal. From wandering in the villages along Spain’s Camino de Santiago to hiking through the volcanic landscapes of the Azores, you can explore more of what you love on foot.  
1. Levada Trails of Madeira, Portugal
Pace: moderate

Explore one of Portugal’s most beautiful islands on this week-long trip to Madeira. Take in the unspoilt landscapes as you follow the unique network of Levadas and walk along ancient footpaths. These open canal systems were built in the 16th century to distribute the rainwater from the north of the island to the parched regions of the south. Walk in the lush UNESCO protected laurel forest, following a Levada to the stunning waterfall of Caldeirão Verde and take in the spectacular mountain views along the famous Balcony walk between the peaks of Arieiro and Ruivo.

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2. The Moorish Trails of Andalucia, Spain
Pace: moderate

Discover the picture-postcard landscape of Andalucia as you walk along the ancient trails of the white-washed Moorish villages. Follow Roman roads, mountain trails and boardwalks along the Caminito del Rey, walking between 4-5 hours on average each day. Indulge in some well-deserved tapas in the main plaza of Competa and take the chance to try something refreshing at the local winery, home to Muscatel wine.  Enjoy beautiful vistas and panoramic views of the limestone peaks from the summit of Cerro Verde with vineyards and olive groves en route.

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3. Walking in the Eastern Algarve, Portugal  
Pace: easy

Enjoy both inland and coastal walking routes on this trip along the Eastern Algarve. Based in the historic town of Tavira,enjoy relaxed walks through picturesque villages and traditional fishing communities along unspoilt sandbank islands. Take the opportunity to try the traditional Portuguese ‘cataplana’ dish, accompanied with the finest crisp wine - a well-deserved treat! Walk along the protected coastline of the Rio Formosa Estuarine National Park and to your final destination of Farol, Portugal’s southernmost point, where there stands a lighthouse.

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4. Trekking in the Picos de Europa, Spain
Pace: moderate

Trek the beautiful high mountain scenery of Spain’s first national park on this 8-day walking holiday. You can explore the mountain range in depth as you walk the unspoilt and wild landscapes of the western, central and eastern massifs. Give your feet a rest as you take the spectacular Fuente De cable car up 1,000 metres to the rugged plateaux of the Picos and take in the panoramic views.

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5. Discover the remote coastal trails of Portugal
Pace: easy to moderate

Take your time to follow the beautiful coastal paths of Portugal on this 8-day trip to the most south-western point of Europe; a holiday to enjoy at any time of the year. Based in the small coastal town of Sagres, you can enjoy coastal walks of 3-4 hours, with plenty of local restaurants and bars to choose between for refreshment stops and to try some tasty local cuisine. Walk short distances to discover the impressive views from the cliff tops of Ponta de Piedade, a dramatic rocky coastline surrounded by turquoise seas.

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6. Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal
Pace: easy

This unique and relaxed paced trip is ideal for any traveller that enjoys countryside walking, with plenty of culture and wine tasting thrown in for good measure! On this 12 day walking holiday, travel from Madrid all the way to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro winelands of Portugal. Get a real taste for both countries when you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Segovia and Porto, stay in the beautiful medieval towns of Penafiel and Porto and sample the regional wines along the way.

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7. Azores Island Hopping, Portugal
Pace: easy to moderate

On this 14-day trip you’ll uncover the best of the 5 islands: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. 800 miles from Portugal’s mainland, the Azores are one of Europe’s most impressive and untouched destinations. The Azores archipelago is full of natural wonders, with extinct volcanoes, thermal springs, crater lakes, vineyards and craggy coastlines – a destination to satisfy any rambler! Walk along the Sete Ciades crater to take in the stunning views of the blue and green lakes and follow the hydrangea-lined path of Faja dos Cubres down to its unique lagoon.See all three of our self-guided walking trips to the Azores.

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Take a look at all of our walking trips in Spain here and our walking holidays in Portugal.

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