Taking a hike, especially in a place that you have not been before, can be a truly unique and remarkable experience.
One of the best parts about taking a hike through Portugal is the fact that you are not restricted to one place. As an example, your hiking tour can start in Lisbon and end at the Sado River. And, if you do choose to employ services of a tourist agency or a tour guide, you will also most likely not have to walk all that way. Chances are that the agency will provide you with a ride between different locations where you will be let out the provided vehicle to enjoy the scenery and take pleasant walks through the local nature. Various activities on the trails, such as bird watching for example, are also not uncommon with these guided hiking tours.
Bear in mind that these guided hiking tours can last up to five days, so make sure to confirm the length of the tour with the agency before departure so you can pack accordingly. And make sure you bring your best pair of hiking boots. Normally, even the guided hiking tours in Portugal are private, and they can often be customized per the customer’s request. In this case, “private” means that only you and your designated group will be allowed to participate in the tour. Now, of course, you might want to choose to tour with others, but while that can probably be arranged, the tourist agencies that offer these sort of hiking tours do not operate by that business practice by default, as it is assumed that this is something most people prefer to share with their family and friends only. Before embarking on any hiking tour, always make sure that you are thoroughly prepared. Many Portuguese, unfortunately, typically do not find hiking to be a particularly fun experience. For that reason there is a severe lack of hiking equipment in Portugal. A pair of hiking boots of decent quality and a proper map should be, for starters, your essentials for this hiking trip. Bear in mind that most maps rarely, if ever, update their trail maps, so do not be surprised if you encounter something that you did not previously expect. But hey, small surprises and discoveries are what adventure is all about.