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Hiking in Portugal

PR8 – Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço (Machico – Madeira)

The "PR8 - Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço" trail is on the easternmost peninsula of Madeira, in a volcanic landscape with a unique beauty throughout the arrived at "Baía D'Abra" (D'Abra Bay) as soon as possible, where the trail begins, with some expectations regarding the weather conditions. Although forecasts…
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Câmara de Lobos

Hike to Discover Eira do Serrado Viewpoint (Câmara de Lobos – Madeira)

We arrived early at Eira do Serrado, right in the mountainous heart of the central massif, in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, 25 minutes north of Funchal, next to the hotel Eira do Serrado, we found one of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, a fantastic enchanted scenario…
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Coimbra

Walking Trails of Morraceira Island – Four Seasons Hiking – Spring (Figueira da Foz)

Bathed to the north by the waters of the Mondego River and to the south by the Pranto River, Morraceira Island is a pearl of Figueira da Foz municipality. With about 600 ha of salt pans, fish farms, rice fields, marshes and cane fields, it has an impressive orniotological richness…
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Walking to Discover Traditional Santana Houses (Santana – Madeira)

Being in the county of Santana, we must visit the picturesque thatch roof houses, the most representative icons of this region, whose photographs are scattered around the world. This tourist attraction of Madeira Island is also known as "Casinhas de Santana" (Traditional Santana Houses) and its characteristic triangular shape with…
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Discover the Caves and the Volcanism Center of São Vicente (São Vicente – Madeira)

Our day started early. We would drive about 1 hour by car between Machico and São Vicente and we wanted to get there as early as possible. The Caves and the Volcanism Center of São Vicente would be the first destination of the had some curiosity in this visit because…
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Almeida

Hiking in Castelo Mendo Historical Village (Almeida)

Castelo Mendo is a small village of Beira Interior, located in the municipality of Almeida, Guarda district, belonging to Historic Villages of Portugal. If this wasn't enough to arouse our curiosity, the village was classified as Property of Public Interest in 1984. Its medieval characteristics are visible immediately upon our…
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Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Hiking in Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

The Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo welcomed us on a very rainy day. If the day before we explored the beautiful village of Almeida, today we would head further north to find another Historical Village. From Almeida to Castelo Rodrigo it's about a 20-minute drive, on a quiet road similar…
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PR2 – From the Seashore to Pedras Negras – São Pedro de Moel (Marinha Grande)

We started the "PR2 - From the Seashore to Pedras Negras" in the Afonso Lopes Vieira Square, near the beach of São Pedro de Moel, parish of Marinha Grande. Its official starting point is located in Vale do Ribeiro Park, at the back of this square where we can found…
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Açores

PR1 COR – Cara do Índio (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

The van stopped halfway up the road between the village and "Caldeirão" (Caldron). This was the last afternoon spent in Corvo Island because in the next morning, after four fantastic days, we had the flight to the continent booked at the lunch hour. We couldn't return without visiting "Cara do Índio" (Indian Face), the…
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Açores

Hiking Discovering Corvo Village and its History (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

Corvo Island is not only one of the most isolated places in Portugal. For those who visit it, quickly realize that it's much more than that. It's a place of affections, shares, stories of pirates and smugglers, cruel stories, sorrows and escapes, stunning reports of a harder life. But none…
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Açores

Hiking from Fajã Grande to Aldeia da Cuada (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

Fajã Grande is the Europe's westernmost place and that alone was a very good reason for a visit. It was also the village where we finished the hiking trail "PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada", a little tired of the effort it takes to walk in a muddy and slippery terrain,…
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Açores

PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada (Lajes das Flores and Santa Cruz das Flores – Flores)

The day dawned cool and cloudy in Aldeia da Cuada. I don't know how it would be in the whole Flores island but in midsummer in a Azorean island is not surprising waking up in the morning wrapped in fog, something that residents have become accustomed but saddens anyone who is visiting, for…
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Açores

Hiking Trail from “Aldeia da Cuada” to “Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro” (“Poço da Alagoinha”) (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

This is our second visit to the Azorean Archipelago. Two years ago we've been on S. Miguel island and now we would visit the Western Group islands, Flores and Corvo. Anxiety grew with the approach of the flight and now with the baby, the precautions and the preparation of the…
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Coimbra

Hiking Trail from Verride to Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde (Montemor-o-Velho)

This hiking trail from Verride to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, in Montemor-o-Velho municipality, was organized by Luis Moreira, in partnership with AFUV (Associação Filarmónica União Verridense) under the motto "Walk for Health". Starting early in AFUV headquarters, the walkers followed by "Direita" Street towards "Quinta do Cardal".…
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Hiking Trail from Riverside to Riverside (Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto)

There are many reasons to spend a day full of fun on the riversides of Porto and Gaia. By water, land or air, there are several activities to fill the soul with memories and the suitcase with eagerness to return soon. On a Douro's Cruise we discover the riverine areas of the two banks,…
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Coimbra

Walking Trail of Biological Park of Serra da Lousã – Quinta da Paiva (Miranda do Corvo)

On Father's Day, the women from home joined to conspire among themselves, preparing this surprise without my suspicion. The plan consist of enjoying the day outdoors, despite a unfavorable weather forecast, and also taking the opportunity to hike and to picnic. Yes, simple things in life make us happiest, right?…
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Braga

Night Walk on São Bento da Porta Aberta Feasts (Terras de Bouro)

The celebration of "São Bento da Porta Aberta" occur every year during the month of August, more specifically between 10 and 15th when, by tradition, is made the great pilgrimage that animates the region. This town of Terras de Bouro municipality, in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (PNPG), receive a huge influx…
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Walking Discovering the Historic Centre of the City of Santarém (Santarém)

I have repeatedly go by next to Santarém, in trips to the south of Portugal, but actually never had the opportunity to stop and calmly know the capital of the Ribatejo. Today was the day. This hike begins near the beautiful market of Santarém, opened in 1930. My eyes immediately jump out…
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PR7 VCT – Paçô Fort Trail – Carreço Trails (Viana do Castelo)

The "PR7 VCT - Paçô Fort Trail" is one of several hiking routes marked in Viana do Castelo county. About 4 kms in length is classified of small route (PR) and develops more properly in Montedor village, Carreço parish. Reaching the beaches in Carreço, I go to north on the cobbled road…
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Hiking from “Rendufe” to “Santa Maria de Émeres” (Valpaços)

This hike connects the villages of 'Rendufe' and 'Santa Maria de Emeres' in Valpaços county. I start walking on the sidewalk of Rua Formosa, in Rendufe, and down it to find the asphalt outside the village. The surrounding landscape consists mainly of vast expanses of olive groves, chestnut groves, vineyards…
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Hiking Trail from Argeriz to “Pias dos Mouros” (Valpaços)

Who drives the National Road 206 (EN 206) west to the east, about 12 kilometers before the town of Valpaços is Argeriz, seated at the foot of "Serra da Padrela" and full of prehistoric remains. Due to its privileged location, this village of "Trás-os-Montes" benefits from an amazing view over the region. On…
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Hiking in Portugal

Quinta D’Alagoa Hiking Trails (Valpaços)

Situada entre Carrazedo de Montenegro e Santa Maria de Émeres, próxima da Serra da Padrela e numa zona de grande beleza paisagística, a Quinta D'Alagoa tem cerca de 70 hectares de terrenos agrícolas, nomeadamente soutos, pomares, vinhas, olivais, lameiros e hortas, bem como uma consequente diversidade de trilhos e caminhos rurais…
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Chaves

Chaves Cycle Route (Chaves)

A ciclovia de Chaves acompanha o rio Tâmega pelas duas margens, na área urbana da cidade, numa extensão de cerca de 7 quilómetros. Sendo permitida a circulação de peões no seu traçado circular, optei por começar a caminhada junto à Ponte Romana de Trajano, talvez o mais conhecido ex-libris de Chaves. Na margem…
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Chaves

Hiking Trail “From Quinta de Samaiões to Sr. dos Aflitos Chapel” (Chaves)

  O dia amanheceu frio e chuvoso na aldeia transmontana de Paradela da Veiga, agora pertencente à União das Freguesias da Madalena e Samaiões, no concelho de Chaves. Não foi fácil encontrar coragem para deixar o aconchego do Hotel Rural Casa de Samaiões e expor-me a estas condições climatéricas. Pela frente tinha os cerca de…
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Chaves

Walk to discovery Chaves heritage (Chaves)

Foi na Avenida D. João I, junto ao Jardim Público de Chaves, que iniciei a caminhada de descoberta da cidade flaviense. Estava na margem esquerda do rio Tâmega, na Madalena, no lado mais rural da cidade. Chaves tem numerosos vestígios arqueológicos, deixados ao longo da história pelos povos que aqui permaneceram. Civilizações que…
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From Vila Pouca de Aguiar to Pedras Salgadas by Ecopista do Corgo (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

O dia estava fresco ameaçando a queda de alguma chuva e possibilidade de trovoada. Nada que me fizesse alterar os planos e assim, bem cedo, estava já a percorrer os primeiros metros do troço da Ecopista da Linha do Corgo, que liga Vila Pouca de Aguiar a Pedras Salgadas. Esta…
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Walk in the Roman Mining Complex of Tresminas (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Existiram em tempos idos, no período romano, um conjunto de minas de ouro que abasteciam o império na época auge do mesmo. A exploração mineira de Tresminas foi considerada uma das maiores. Feita pelo sistema de cortas a céu aberto, ainda hoje podemos testemunhar os vestígios dessa exploração, através de crateras e…
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Along the Hiking Trails of Falperra Dam (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

  Depois de, durante a manhã, ter percorrido o "Trilho Interpretativo dos Mamíferos Aquáticos", um dos percursos assinalados do concelho de Vila Pouca de Aguiar, decidi ficar mais um pouco na Barragem da Falperra e caminhar agora ainda mais perto das águas da albufeira do rio Torno. Esta zona é lindíssima…
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Interpretive Hiking Trail of Aquatic Mammals (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

Com o pequeno-almoço tomado, o relógio marcava as 10h quando cheguei ao estacionamento do Parque de Merendas da Barragem da Falperra. Um reconhecimento rápido do local fez-me perceber que estava num sítio lindíssimo. A pequena albufeira brilhava de um azul intenso, espelhando o céu que a envolvia. A barragem foi construída…
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Hiking Discovering Vila Pouca de Aguiar (Vila Pouca de Aguiar)

  Este percurso começa no Hotel Aguiar da Pena e leva-nos a descobrir a tranquila e bonita Vila Pouca de Aguiar. Saindo do hotel, encaminhei-me pela direita e desci a Rua Imperador Teodósio. Antes da rotunda, olho à minha esquerda e espreitando sobre os telhados, como quem protege a vila e as suas gentes, a…
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Braga

From the Dam to the Submerged Village of Vilarinho das Furnas (Terras de Bouro)

Vilarinho das Furnas (ou Vilarinho da Furna) foi uma aldeia comunitária, situada no sopé da Serra Amarela, na freguesia do Campo do Gerês, concelho de Terras de ;Em 1971, esta aldeia da margem direita do Rio Homem, viu subir as águas deste e o silêncio abraçou-a de vez. Mas as…
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Castelo Branco

Hiking in Monfortinho Thermal Baths (Idanha-a-Nova)

Cheguei às Termas de Monfortinho num solarengo dia de Verão. A temperatura não era ainda muito elevada e por isso as condições eram excelentes para uma manhã a caminhar. A cerca de 3kms de Monfortinho, sede de Freguesia, o lugar das Termas é muito pacato e brioso. A qualidade e virtudes terapêuticas das…
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