Hiking and Cycling Summer Trips in Portugal

Summer means it is time to explore the less crowded places.

So before you make your summer hiking and cycling holidays plans, check out our offers for the season, on routes less visited by tourists on this hot, beach-favoring time.

Portugal boasts a Mediterranean climate year-round, but the cooler months – November through February – are best avoided for those who seek the sunny weather. Rainfall peaks in March and April, but gives way to a glorious May and a sunny Summer.

Those who travel to Portugal from June through September can enjoy traditional festivals like the São João in Porto and the Santo António in Lisbon. Beach dwellers can rest easy on the coast with balmy 30º C (85º F) heat and a faint ocean breeze.

There is much to discover in Europe’s most westerly country, for while golfers and sunseekers flood to the southerly Algarve, swathes of the rest of Portugal remain unexplored. Regions vary enormously in their weather, cuisine, architecture, and wines, so a journey from north to south yields a rich bounty of different experiences.

Peneda Gerês National Park

Cycle through the most unspoiled National Park of Portugal! People say that you’ve never seen the true Portugal if you don’t visit the wonderful Minho region. With such an untouched nature and charming northern cities, it is a gem that not everyone gets to know.

Douro Heritage Hike

Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have enchanted visitors for centuries. The hike will go through the dense forest and the exotic natural environment, discovering the best trails and places of this beautiful region.

Madeira Great Walks

This hiking tour offers a great variety of Madeira's best trails. You will discover the stunning sceneries of this volcanic island from its mountains, cliffs and levadas. These are all part of an extensive network of small irrigation channels that make for the perfect path of any adventurous hiker!

Gerês Mountain Hike

You will be immersed in the most unique National Park of Portugal and enjoy the amazing fauna and flora that is part of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Teixeira Meadow and Lagoon and the Albergaria Oak Forest are some of the amazing places you will hike through.

Short Break Douro

The Douro Valley is here to make you surrender to its outstanding beauty. The hiking through the immense valleys and the train journey from Porto to the Douro slopes, leading you to amazing vineyard terrace sceneries, will mark this unforgettable experience. Find yourself in small wine producing villages on the slopes, with stunning views over the terraces. At night rest in wine farms, delight yourself with homemade dinners and drink the wines produced on the doorstep. Proud people, quality wine and traditional lifestyles make this a special place to visit.

Atlantic West Coast & Sintra Road

A fantastic cycling tour along the Atlantic West Coast of Europe! Visit typical fishing villages and the most well-preserved medieval village in Portugal, Óbidos. Explore Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its wonders. The trip finishes after passing by the westernmost point in Europe - Cape Roca.

Porto to Lisbon Cycling

This tour will take you on a journey connecting Porto and Lisboa. Unveil an unique and diverse country full of natural beauty, different sceneries and stunning coastal views while crossing natural reserves and breathtaking beaches. The big cities will surprise you and small coastal towns will transmit the Portuguese flavour.

The Atlantic Way to Santiago

Discover and admire the Portuguese way of pilgrimage in a program that links the major city of Porto to Santiago de Compostela, following the Atlantic Ocean and its different sceneries. Churches, monuments and old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way until you arrive at the Saint James Cathedral.

Porto & The Green Coast

Follow the shores of the rivers Minho and Lima and Northern Portugal's coast, discovering the cultural and natural beauties of the wonderful Minho region. Along the way admire historical places, medieval fortresses and churches. Cross protected areas of sand dunes, bird habitats and old fishing ports and finish the trip in Porto.

Easy Atlantic Way

Follow the coastline of Northern Central Portugal discovering some of the cultural and natural beauties of this land. The route starts in Porto, a vibrant city full of history and culture, known for its Port wine. Explore the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve, visit Aveiro, Portugal's little Venice, cycle through pine forests and relax in small beaches.
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