Active holidays in Portugal

Portugal has made a name for itself over the last few years as an excellent walking destination and it is fast becoming a very popular destination for cycling holidays too. The weather certainly helps, with mild winters allowing for cycling and hiking tours in Portugal all year round. Freewheeling through the plains of the Alentejo, taking it easy in the saddle past the soaring cliffs and white sandy beaches of the Algarve. Exploring the Douro valley on foot, the region that produces the world-famous Port wines and not forgetting of course Lisbon, the lively and cosmopolitan capital and Sintra, the last stretch of land that faces the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. Active holidays in Portugal with Intura will provide many anecdotes to share and memories to look back on for years to come! 

Exploring active holidays across Portugal: mainland and beyond

But of course, when we talk about active holidays in Portugal, we are not limiting ourselves to the mainland, oh no! We also explore the Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores and offer self-guided and guided walking holidays in Cape Verde, once a Portuguese colony and now an independent country since 1975. Our mainland cycling and hiking tours in Portugal are thought up and tried and tested by our colleagues based in our office in Tavira, in the south of Portugal. Our walking holidays on the Portuguese islands are created in our office in France, with valuable input from our local contacts on the islands and bi-annual trips for our team of track finders, who walk the trails, re-write the notes and ensure that our core values are upheld in creating authentic tours with the best possible service.

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      • Portugal - Mainland Portugal

City trek: walking in Lisbon

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 4 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Comfort /
      • Charming

Highlights of the trip 

  • An intimate walking itinerary in the capital of Portugal
  • A day along the Tagus river to Bélem quarter
  • Great trip for foodies ! 
  • Possibility of a private guide for the day
  • Enjoy a portuguese traditionnal fado show




    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 6 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip 

  • Explore Porto, Unesco World Heritage city
  • Guided visit of the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia and tasting the great wines of Porto 
  • 2 boat cruises along the Douro, with 1 lunch on board included between Pinhao and Porto
  • Walking through the famed vineyards of the Douro Valley
  • The small town of Pinhão, nestled in the river bank



    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Moderate
      • 7 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Comfort /
      • Charming

Highlights of the trip 

  • The diversity and beauty of the coastal hikes
  • The biodiversity in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park
  • The fortified city of Lagos and the spectacular "Ponta da Piedade"
  • Cape Saint-Vincent and the Sagres fort
  • The local hospitality and regional cuisine
  • Daily swimming opportunities


    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Moderate
      • 7 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort

Highlights of the trip 

  • The omnipresence of the ocean and the diversity of the landscapes
  • Geological, botanical and ornithological treasures
  • Transfer at the start and end of your trip included: Lisbon / Lagos
  • Swimming opportunities nearly every day ! 
  • The hospitality and cuisine in the villages along the way
  • End of your trip in Lagos or Faro, both beautiful historic cities with stunning beaches


    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 8 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • An intimate tour of the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Lisbon  
  • Bélem and its monuments dedicated to the Great Maritime Discoveries
  • The botanical beauty and lush forest of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiking to the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca
  • A free day to explore Sintra
  • Walking or cycling along the shimmering waters of the Tagus estuary 
  • Swimming opportunities in Cascais
  • Possibility of a guided tour of Lisbon


    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Why travel with us ?

Here are 4 very good reasons read more... for booking walking or cycling holidays in France with Intura :

  • 1. Our very own tours

    We create and operate all of our waking and cycling holidays. Our itineraries are tried and tested by our team of track finders, who walk the paths and cycle the routes to ensure that you see only the very best. Because we create the tours, we can also tweak them and create a tailor-made holiday, just for you. Choose the duration of nights, the level of walking or cycling that you feel comfortable with, the level of accomdation that you would like and let us know if there are any extras such as wine tasting or a cooking class or a restaurant or two that you wish to include, and we will get back to you with a personalised offer and/or recommendations for any ‘must sees’ and local markets not to be missed !

  • 2. Handpicked local suppliers

    We choose our partners based on our core values and it is important to us that we work local. We strive to offer small family-run guest houses on our walking and cycling holidays in France and avoid the chains. We understand the importance of a decent cup of coffee in the morning and the pleasure at finding home-made jams on the breakfast buffet. The accommodation on our trips is all part of the local experience!

  • 3. High end bikes on your cycling holiday

    France is home to the ‘Tour de France’ and thus reigns a strong bike culture with superb trails and paths to explore safely. We offer good quality bikes and have been working with our bike supplier for almost 2 decades now. The fleet is renewed regularly and the bikes are expertly maintained. You can choose to hire a hybrid bike, an electric bike or a road bike. The bikes are delivered to your first accommodation and picked up from your final destination. We include a brief for Ebikes, an explanation on how they work. Enjoy a bike tour through Provence, from 3 to 8 days, taking it easy or setting yourself more of a challenge, either way, you will fall in love with France’s rich and diverse landscape and culture.

  • 4. Reassurance

    Although our walking and cycling holidays in France are self-guided, we do all the groundwork to provide you with excellent, detailed written route notes and up to date GPS files. We book all transfers in advance so you don’t have to and we provide you with a 24/7 emergency telephone number. We are here to answer any questions, put an end to any doubt and assist you in any way we can whilst you are out on the trails.