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4 Best Hikes in Portugal: Day Hikes + Treks

From the wild and undeveloped coast of Costa Vicentina to the ochre-colored limestone stacks of the Algarve, Portugal possesses one of the most varied and striking coasts in the world.

We think the best way to experience Portugal’s extensive coastline is by walking.

Whether you’re looking for an active day trip from Lisbon, a multi-day coastal trek, or a secret hiking path in the Algarve, you’ll find inspiration for your next trip to Portugal here.

Continue reading to discover the best hikes in Portugal.

Trail of Headlands Hiking Trail, Algarve, Portugal
  • When to Hike in Portugal: Spring (April – May) and Fall (Late September – early November)
  • Signage and Trail Markers: Consistent. Most trails we hiked were very well-signed and easy to follow.
  • Hiking Boots: It’s easy to underestimate hiking in Portugal because many of us assume that if trails are flat than they aren’t difficult. Even without dramatic ascents and descents, hiking with proper equipment ensures your safety and comfort. So, we urge you to bring your hiking shoes along and leave behind your flat-soled sneakers. Here’s a great lightweight boot for women: Hanwag Tatra Light Lady GTX
  • Recommended Hiking Guidebooks: Walking in Portugal and Walking in the Algarve

Best Hikes in Portugal Map

1. Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar Coastal Trail

Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Lisboa

Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar Coastal Trail, Portugal

If someone mentions Sintra, palaces are the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, Sintra’s renown is forever interlinked with its architectural treasures.

However, most people don’t know that the Sintra Coastline is equally marvelous and worthy of exploration. 

We recommend starting this day hike in Cabo da Roca. We’ve explained how to get Cabo da Roca from Cascais and Lisbon in our Sintra coast trail guide

From Cabo da Roca, you’ll hike North to Praia da Ursa, one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Many people end their hike here, and we really can’t blame them.

With its offshore limestone formations shaped like Hershey kisses, Praia da Ursa is a whimsical place that feeds the imagination.

This hike continues to the pristine beaches of Praia da Adraga, Praia Grande, Praia das Maçãs, and ultimately ends in Azenhas do Mar. 

With its cluster of whitewashed homes hovering above the sea, Azenhas do Mar is an enchanting sight to behold. Atlantic waves batter the village’s seawall.

And, a natural saltwater pool collects at the foot of the village. 

There’s no direct bus from Azenhas do Mar to Cabo da Roca, or Cascais. So, we took an Uber (22 EUR) back to Cascais.

There is however a bus from Azenhas do Mar to Sintra (Portela de Sintra Station). If you’re heading to Sintra, take Bus 440 or 441 (22 minutes). 

Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar Coastal Trail Stats

Starting Point | Cabo da Roca

Ending Point | Azenhas do Mar

Distance | 11.5 km point-to-point

Time Needed | 4 hours

Elevation Gain | 273 meters

Elevation Loss | 367 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Where to Stay in Lisbon | Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel (budget), Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu (midrange), or Casa Balthazar (luxury)

Where to Stay in Cascais | Nice Way Cascais Hostel & Surf Camp (budget) Casa Vela Charm Guest House (midrange), or The Albatroz Hotel (luxury)

Learn More: Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar Day Hike

2. Seven Hanging Valleys Trail


Seven Hanging Valleys Hiking Trail, South Coast of Algarve, Portugal

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is the most popular day hike in Algarve and encapsulates some of the most impressive scenery in the region.

The 5.7 km trail stretches between Praia da Marinha and Praia de Vale Centianes. Though you can start at either end, we recommend starting at Praia da Marinha. 

Highlights of the trail include Benagil Beach, Corredoura Beach, and Carvalho Beach. If you want to see Benagil Cave, you can rent a paddleboard, or kayak at Benagil Beach and paddle out to the cave.

Alternatively, you can join one of these guided tours:

The cave is only accessible from the sea. The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail ends at Praia de Vale Centianes. Grab lunch at the beach restaurant O Stop, before making the return journey. 

We recommend hiking this trail out-and-back, but if you decide to hike it one-way, you can return to the starting point with a taxi/Uber.

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail Stats

Trailhead | Praia da Marinha, or Praia de Vale Centianes

Distance | 12 km out-and-back

Time Needed | 4 hours

Elevation Gain/Loss | 159 meters

Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

Where to Stay in Carvoeiro | O Quintal Guesthouse (budget), Castelo Guest House (midrange), or Tivoli Carvoeiro (luxury)

Where to Stay in Ferragudo | One2Seven (midrange), or Caneiros Luxury House & Suites (luxury)

Learn More: Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

3. Trail of Headlands


Hiking the Trail of Headlands Coastal Path, Algarve, South Portugal

The trail of the headlands is a 6 km coastal trail in the Algarve. This is an excellent alternative to the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. It’s not as well known, and as a result, there are far fewer walkers along this route. 

You can start this stunning hike at Praia dos Caneiros in Ferragudo, or Praia do Carvoeiro in Carvoeiro. We started at Praia dos Caneiros beach because we were staying at Caneiros Luxury House & Suites, which is only a 5-minute walk to the beach.

Starting at the parking lot at Praia dos Caneiros, the trail leads East. Follow the yellow and red trail markers along the headlands. The trail affords you wondrous views of sheer cliffs and hidden coves.

Unlike the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, there aren’t many opportunities to access these coves by foot. So, this walk is all about savoring the views.

Shortly before arriving at Carvoeiro, you’ll pass Praia do Paraiso. This tiny beach is accessible by a steep staircase.  

Carvoeiro is a beach town that manages to balance its development with its natural beauty. Grab lunch here and enjoy the town’s idyllic beach, Praia do Carvoeiro. For a healthy lunch and delicious smoothies, head to Earth Café.

We recommend hiking this trail out-and-back, but if you decide to hike it one-way, you can return to the starting point with a taxi/Uber.

Trail of Headlands Trail Stats

Trailhead | Praia dos Caneiros or Praia do Carvoeiro

Distance | 12 km out-and-back

Time Needed | 4 hours

Elevation Gain/Loss | 411 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Where to Stay in Carvoeiro | O Quintal Guesthouse (budget), Castelo Guest House (midrange), or Tivoli Carvoeiro (luxury)

Where to Stay in Ferragudo | One2Seven (midrange), or Caneiros Luxury House & Suites (luxury)

Read: Where to Stay in the Algarve

4. Fisherman’s Trail

Costa Vicentina, Alentejo, and Algarve

Zambujeira do Mar, Fisherman's Trail, Coastal Trek in Portugal

The Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail is a 4-day trek along the Vicentina Coast. The trail starts in Porto Covo in the Alentejo region and ends in Odeceixe in the Algarve.

Clinging to the coast almost the whole time, this exhilarating multi-day hike in Portugal gives you access to remote beaches and secret coves.

Without a question, this is our favorite Portugal hiking destination. The coast is rugged and wild.

The air is heavy with salt and wild herbs. And, it looks like the coast is collapsing into the Atlantic in a perpetual effort to join the sea.

Fisherman’s Trail Route

Day 1 | Porto Covo to Vila Nova de Milfontes (20 km, 6:30 hours)

Day 2 | Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve (15 km, 5:30 hours)

Day 3 | Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar (22 km, 6 hours)

Day 4 | Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe (18 km, 5:30 hours)

Trail Stats Fisherman’s Trail

Starting Point | Porto Covo

Ending Point | Odeceixe

Distance | 75 km point-to-point

Time Needed | 4 days 

Difficulty | Moderate

Fisherman’s Trail Accommodations

You’ll overnight in guesthouses, or hostels along the way.

Note: wild camping isn’t allowed.

Make reservations a few weeks before you start the trek. We recommend staying in the following accommodations along the route:

Day 1 | Raminhos Guest House (budget), VILLA EIRA Boutique Houses(midrange), or Guarda Rios (luxury) in Vila Nova de Milfontes

Day 2 | Almograve Beach Hostel (budget), AL Casa das Andorinhas (budget), or Casa Azul (midrange) in Almograve

Day 3 | Hostel Nature (budget), Azul (midrange), or Alojamento White Rose Boutique (luxury) in Zambujeira do Mar

Day 4 | Bohemian Antique Guesthouse (budget), Casa Luar (midrange), or Casas Do Moinho (luxury) in Odeceixe

Learn More: Fisherman’s Trail Hiking Guide

Portugal Hiking & Travel Essentials

Getting Around Portugal

By Transit

You can embark on many hiking trails in Portugal without a car. Use this 2 week Portugal Itinerary (no car needed) to inspire your trip.

By Car

Use our Algarve road trip itinerary to plan a trip to Southern Portugal.

We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Portugal. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your can rental as early as possible.

Check car rental rates here

Portugal Guidebooks

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6 thoughts on “4 Best Hikes in Portugal: Day Hikes + Treks”

  1. These are stunning, I can’t wait to go back to Portugal and do some hiking! You’re absolutely right about the summer heat, I’d be sure to get an early start.

  2. These look great. Where can we find out if the Linear one way walks have a form of Public Transport to get back to the starting point ? You did mention taxis in some of them which is very helpful. Do all of them have this option ?
    Thank you

    • Hi Albert,
      1. Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar Coastal Trail – it’s best to take a taxi/Uber
      2. Seven Hanging Valleys Trail – we recommend hiking this trail out-and-back
      3. Trail of the Headlands – we recommend hiking this trail out-and-back
      4. Fisherman’s Trail – From Odeceixe, we took transit to Lagos, in the Algarve. But, it’s also possible to return to Lisbon.
      Have a great hiking trip,

    • Hi,
      That’s very difficult to answer. Maybe Day 3: Almograve to Zambujeira do Mar, even though the final stretch is just roadside walking. Zambujeira do Mar is the most picturesque village along the trail, so hiking around there is wonderful.


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