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Portugal is a perfect walking holiday destination all year round, with its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and more then 10.000km of nice walking trails, from the mountains to the atlantic coast. Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Alentejo Region occupies a third of Portugal's continental portion with only about 5% of the country population. It presents itself as a territory of great authenticity and cultural heritage, which in addition to the walking paths, there is a rich and almost secret cuisine and wine production with great international prestige.

Portugal Overview

Portugal has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

With a population of about 11 million, the density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital and its suburbs, where about 3 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Porto in the north. There are more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.

The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal. The religion and the different cults are not a matter or a problem in Portugal.

From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in all continents, and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages. In Portugal it's easy to find people who are able to communicate in English, French and Spanish.

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Walking and Hiking in Portugal

Until the mid-80s, there were no hiking trails signaled in Portugal. The practice of hiking in nature was virtually confined to the associative practitioners, mainly Camping Clubs with mountaineering sections or Mountain and Climbing Clubs that appeared in this period.

Early in the first decade of the 21st century there has been a proliferation of signposted footpaths, with financial support secured from EU funds. The main promoters are the city councils, village councils, local and rural development associations, associations of municipalities and other public and private structures.

In about 10-12 years there has been a proliferation of marked hiking trails and do not always run the most correct way. Many of them were not designed from the perspective of walkers or its tourist use. Most of them do not have information in foreign languages and the pathways and signals have not had proper maintenance.

Currently there is a new impetus for nature tourism in Portugal with the Tourism Institute of Portugal betting seriously in promoting this product and with the promoters of the routes and networks of footpaths to realize the need for a professional involvement in their design, implementation, promotion and sale.

This is the case of the territory of Alentejo, where in 2013 opened one of the best and most appealing pedestrian routes in Europe, the Rota Vicentina, famous for its Fishermen's Trail and its Historical Way, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

At the end of 2015 we gain two new hiking networks, very well signposted on the ground, designed for serious walkers and with an event plan for the domestic and international markets. To the south we have, around the largest artificial lake in Europe, the hiking network TransAlentejo Alqueva. To the north, we have the hiking network Alentejo Feel Nature, with its trails always in national protected area.

In the southwest of Europe you will find 420 km of historic trails with the Atlantic Ocean by neighbor and Cape Saint Vincent as a final destination.

Alqueva is the largest artificial lake in Europe and the landscapes around them offer fantastic hiking trails in a perfect network of paths for all.
The North Alentejo is a region of contrasts where we find the hilly area of São Mamede, the Tagus River in its wild area and the cork oak forests.

How to Fly to Portugal
Portugal has an excellent geographical position as an european and atlantic country. All major airlines fly to Portugal, with direct flies to Lisbon Airport (Portela). To the Faro Airport mostly fly charters and some lowcost companies. In the center of Alentejo there are the new Beja Airport, until now with little activity of commercial flights.

Fly Companies with direct flies to Lisbon Airport

Portuguese Fly Companies

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European Fly Companies

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+351 707 200 000
+351 808 200 125
+351 218 925 831
+351 707 782 782
+351 707 222 747
+351 707 200 424
+351 808 200 487
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+351 707 202 800
+351 213 513 260
+47 2149 00 15
+351 217 618 994
+351 213 856 549
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+351 707 500 176
+44 871 246 0002
+351 213 587 680
+351 707 783 939
+44 (0) 330 365 1918
+351 218 445 170
707 500 071

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Travel by Train in Portugal
The Portuguese railway company, CP-Comboios de Portugal, offers a rail network covering a part of the mainland Portugal and also offers international train services to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.
- The top-of-the-range "Alfa Pendular" trains offer the fastest and most comfortable rail link between Lisbon and the Algarve and, in the north, to Oporto and Braga, with stops in Coimbra.
- The "Intercidades" or Intercity service covers the Lisbon-Oporto-Guimarães, Lisbon-Guarda, Lisbon-Covilhã, Lisbon-Évora-Beja and Lisbon-Faro routes.
- The international Sud-Express train and Lusitânia hotel-train leave from Lisbon do Madrid and Paris.
- There is some networks of suburban trains covering the surronds of major towns.

Travel by Train to Alentejo
To the Alentejo Litoral you need to chose the line from Lisboa (Oriente Station) to Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve).
The Alentejo stations in this line are: Grândola, Ermidas-Sado, Funcheira, Santa Clara-Sabóia.
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To the Alentejo South you need to chose the line from Lisboa (Oriente Station) to Évora or to Beja (conection at Casa Branca).
The Alentejo stations in this line are: Vendas Novas, Casa Branca and Évora (Évora Line) or Vendas Novas, Casa Branca, Alcáçovas, Vila Nova da Baronia, Alvito, Cuba and Beja (Beja Line).
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To the Alentejo North you need to chose the line from Lisboa (Oriente Station) to Entroncamento (only by Regional Trains) and change to the line Entroncamento to Portalegre.
The Alentejo stations in this line are: Ponte de Sôr, Torre das Vargens, Chança e Crato.
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Travel by Bus to Portugal
You can use the bus to come from Europe to Portugal, but the journey is long and very tiring. In general, the bus prices are no longer competitive with the current air travel offers.

Travel by Bus in Portugal
The best option to travel inside Portugal by bus is Rede Expressos. Avaible from all the main towns and villages. To Alentejo there are a lot of options and destinations. The ticket price from Lisbon to Alentejo towns are between 14,00Euros and 20,00Euros (one way ride).

Travel by Car in Portugal
Portugal has a good road network composed of Motorways (AE), Main Trunk Routes (IP), Complementary Trunk Routes (IC), Main (National) Roads (EN) and Secondary (Municipal) Roads.

There are two types of motorways:
– The traditional motorways with toll booths, where payment is made either in cash or by bank card. These motorways also have a Via Verde (green channel), which is an electronic toll system that allows drivers to make the payment by bank debit and is intended for use solely by those who have an electronic device identifying their vehicle, which they have previously acquired at one of the respective sales outlets (

- Motorways that have an exclusively electronic toll system, where tolls are collected by exclusively electronic means. As vehicles pass through the toll gates, they are picked up by electronic detectors placed at the entry to the channels, which are identified with the words “Electronic toll only”. For information about the roads covered by this system and the respective forms of payment, consult and

There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities.
To rent a car you must:
- Be at least between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the company’s rental policy.
- Show identification - Identity card for EU citizens or a valid passport for other nationalities.
- Have had a driving licence for more than one year.

Rent a Car Companies in Portugal

+351 219 407 790
+351 219 426 300
+ 351 800 201 002
+351 213 703 400 
+351 218 463 187
+351 707 28 28 70
+351 217 933 258

For more information or to choose other Rent a Car companies

Portuguese Association of Rent a Car

Website only in Portuguese




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