Portugal is not commonly associated with a holiday destination for hikers, except Madeira and the Azores of course.
Two new long-distance trails in the Alentejo, the Historical Path and Fishermen's Trail might change this. The two paths were developed with European support. We went there to have a look what is being done European taxpayers' money. In this case we are really excited! This project is a great contribution to the development of one of the poorer regions in Portugal. The beautiful coast is one of the biggest selling points. For now, it is still unspoilt by mass tourism. Let us hope it stays like this and Alentejo does not follow the Algarve, where much of the natural beauty succumbed to the real estate projects.
The Rota Vincentina is also the first section of the GR11 - E9, the European Coastal Route that connects Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal with Narva-Jöesuu in Esland, over a distance of more than 5000 kilometer.
Our website focuses on the long distance trails, but to complete your visit to Portugal, we also provide information on other cities and areas that you should not wish. Wherever you go in Portugal, the coast is never far away !
As far as we are concerned, the North of Portugal is yet undiscovered, although the region of Porto is certainly worthwile to feature on our site. We'll keep it in mind for a next time we go south !
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For a visit to Portugal (and especially Lisbon), some historical facts can be useful.
Portugal was reigned by kings, from the 12th Century till the beginning of the 20th Century.
It may be surprising but, in the Middle Ages, Portugal was one of the most powerful maritime nations and under the rule of the Portuguese kings a large part of the world, that was still unknown, was discovered. Obviously, economic reasons were the expansive policy, as the expeditions brought a series of hitherto unknown products: pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves from India, silk from China, tobacco, cocoa, ...
The Portuguese missed a few opportunities in these days :