Portugal Coastal Hiking
- From Sintra to Sagres, discover Europe's best preserved coastline.
- Hike the finest sections of famed Rota Vicentina – the Fisherman's Trail.
- Absorb Portugal's heritage visiting historic sites built by conquerors and kings.
- Delight in fresh local cuisine—seafood, homemade cheese, and Alentejo wines.
From the culturally rich city of Lisbon to the sun-drenched Algarve, join us to hike along Portugal's wild southwestern Atlantic coast, one of the best preserved coastlines in all of Europe. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the dramatic, rocky seascape while breathing in the fresh, salty air of remote and unspoiled beaches.
Beginning near Lisbon in romantic Sintra, where steep, forested hillsides give way to white sandy beaches, we hike by centuries-old palaces and castles as well as charming whitewashed villages complete with inviting plazas and cafés providing a quintessential southern European experience. Our hiking concludes in the famed Algarve near Lagos, at the towering cliffs of the Sagres promontory. This bluff, once thought to be the end of the world, is where ships departed from the sailing school of Prince Henry the Navigator in a quest to discover far-off lands.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Portugal Coastal Hiking Itinerary:
Day 1 Discover majestic Sintra before a hike on the wild Atlantic Coast.
Day 2 From the Sintra Mountains, hike to the charming village of Cascais.
Day 3 Hike Arrábida Natural Park covered in rich Mediterranean vegetation.
Day 4 From superb beaches along the Alentejo Coast, hike to a cliff top town.
Day 5 Hike along the famous Rota Vicentina to Odeceixe beach.
Day 6 Our route concludes in Sagres, at the edge of the Old World.
Day 7 Our time on the rugged Algarve coast ends with a trip back to Lisbon.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
If you specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available.
Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; wine included with dinners; bi-lingual hiking guides; private transportation and luggage transfers; sightseeing as noted in the itinerary including entrance fees.
Round-trip airfare; airport/hotel transfers; 4 lunches and 1 dinner; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges alcoholic beverages (apart from wine with dinners); items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated Moderate . The daily hikes range from 5-13 miles and are over varied terrain - from forested trails, grassy lanes, to sandy pathways and the beach. Since some of the trails we hike can be steep and/or hilly, a conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure is highly recommended. Hiking in sand may feel more strenuous than hiking on dirt trails. Walking/hiking, running and biking are all great ways to physically prepare for this adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you'll be able to enjoy all that the ruggedly beautiful Portuguese Coast has to offer!
Lisbon and the southern Atlantic coastal areas offer abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures. February, March, April and November enjoy mild weather with average daytime temperatures in the low- to mid-60s and around 50°F at night. May, June and October have daytime temperatures in the mid-70s, cooling to around 60°F in the evenings. September weather is usually the warmest, with daytime temperatures around 80°F, cooling to the low 60s at night. As our route heads south, the temperatures may increase on the thermometer by 5-8°F, but our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the resulting breezes can make temperatures feel cooler. Rainfall is always a possibility, making quality raingear an essential item on the packing list.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Portugal Coastal Hiking
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle are recommended
- Daypack to carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothing
- Daypack rain cover, waterproof
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Passport pouch or money pouch
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun hat
- Midweight insulating layer - fleece, wool, or PrimaLoft
- Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Hiking pants (zip-off legs are convenient)
- Hiking shorts
- Long-sleeve shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
- T-shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
- Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
- Wind resistant shirt/jacket, lightweight
- Day hiking boots with lateral support, lightweight, waterproof, broken in, aggressive tread
- Watersport sandals for the beach
- Two 1-quart water bottles or a hydration system
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
- Toiletry kit
- Ditty bag containing 1/2 compact roll toilet tissue, several 1-qt Ziploc baggies, hand sanitizer gel or wet wipes, feminine hygiene supplies as required
- Personal first aid kit with medications
- Insect repellent
- Beach/travel towel, lightweight & quick drying
- Hiking stick or trekking poles
- Desert ankle gaiters
- Fleece or wool hat
- Fleece or wool liner gloves, lightweight
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries
- Electronics/battery charger
- Small binoculars
- Ear plugs
- Electrical adapter plug/voltage converter
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Favorite energy snacks and/or drink mixes
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
Things to Consider
- Always pack essential items such as your passport, REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications and hiking boots in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather and walking about town. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Bring a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag with toilet tissue (Cotton Buds Tissues To Go and Coghlan's Toilet Paper are available on www.rei.com), spare Ziploc bags to dispose of soiled tissue, a small bottle of hand sanitizer and wet wipes. Women should add any necessary feminine health supplies. Your ditty bag will be carried in your daypack each day.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.