Portugal: With Comfortable Hiking Holidays
You have learned how to Nordic walk. You have delighted in exploring your neighbourhood in a new and powerful way. You have explored incredible natural places and you are ready to take your skills to the next level. Join Mandy on an international adventure!
Mandy & Jenni Evans of Vision Travel have selected Comfortable Hiking Holiday’s hiking tour of Portugal for a 2020 group Nordic walking tour, as a follow-up to 2018’s successful Nordic walking tour of the Amalfi Coast (picture to right). Read about last year’s trip here. Comfortable Hiking Holidays (CHH) is a Canadian adventure travel company & their guide, Robert, will be our hike leader in Portugal. CHH has been taking small groups of Canadians on hiking holidays around the world, since 1986.
“Any Portuguese town looks like a bride’s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Throw in medieval castles, cobblestone villages, coastal hikes, fresh grilled fish and golden sunshine, and you have the perfect description of a hiking holiday in Portugal!
Our journey begins on the Lisbon Coast in the town favoured by Portuguese royalty – Cascais (also known as the Portuguese Riviera). Located about 30km west of Lisbon, this calm and charming beach town serves as our home base for the first week, where we’ll be staying at the HOTEL BAIA (all guests have sea-facing rooms) in the historic centre and within easy walks of the Museum District, restaurants and several key attractions. The centrepiece though is the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, which includes the Serra da Sintra mountain range, at least 7 castles & palaces, ancient monasteries, botanical gardens, the best surfing beach in Europe, and Cabo de Roca – the westernmost point of the European continent, where it was once believed that the land ended and the sea began.
Comfortable Hiking Holidays has woven together a collection of hikes that really puts this area on stunning display – from coastal trails alongside the roaring Atlantic, to vistas high above the sea, and through the tranquil forested trails from village to village – you will come away with a true appreciated of this magnificent area.
Then it’s on to week two of our adventure, making our way south to the glorious Algarve region of Portugal. The “WOW”factor is huge here, and it’s not difficult to see why – golden beaches framed by limestone rocks, simple seaside restaurants, and more sunny days than anywhere else in Europe. We’ll be based in the pretty town of Lagos; our chosen hotel being the MARINA RIO (all guests have marina-facing rooms), perfectly located on Lagos’ marina and a mere 5-minute walk from the main square.
The coastal trails are the star attraction here, with more than their fair share of natural wonders. But no two coastal trails are alike; the scenery and the geography is ever-changing; a fantasy of caves, grottos, sea arches and sink holes that have been sculpted over thousands of years. Likely the most famous of which is Ponta da Piedade, right in Lagos. But given that we’re hikers, we had to also include the highest peak in the Algarve – Foia, rising just over 900m. Given its location, you can just image how rewarding the views will be!
- Cost: $3795 CAD per person based on double occupancy
- Single supplement: $1080
- Depart Canada Oct 1; arrive Lisbon, Oct 2
- Leave Lisbon Oct 14
- 12 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
- 12 breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 6 dinners including a night of FADO, Portugal’s traditional song
- CHH tour leader to lead 8 guided hikes
- all entry fees for attractions included in the itinerary (e.g. entrance to Capuchos Monastery, Montserrat Palace, winery tour, boat tour)
- bus and local transportation
- transfers between hotels
- Group airport transfers to/from Lisbon
- International airfare not included
- Comprehensive travel insurance highly recommended
- Requires minimum group booking of 16
- Non-refundable deposit of $500 now due
- Balance due 120 days prior to departure