Portugal is a fascinating country, rich in epic legends and cobblestone villages, mouthwatering seafood and delicious wines, haunting fado melodies and generous, down-to-earth people. One of the best ways to explore the rustic charms of this Iberian nation is to follow the old mountain routes used by the Romans, Moors, Christians, Castilians and Portuguese to gain strategic viewpoints of the lands below. These ancient roads pass through magnificent landscapes of old farms, idyllic gardens, picturesque lakes, labyrinth villages lined with granite and slate homes, and ancient forts. Stop on the way at historic old villages like Idanha-a-Velha, one of the oldest in Portugal, and awe-inspiring Monsanto. Or hike through crags and rocky outcrops in Serra da Estrela Natural Park (Penhas Douradas Region), situated in Portugal's largest mountain range. No visit is complete without spending time in bustling Lisbon, where you can tour the Mouraria and Alfama neighborhoods and sample Pastel de Belém—deliciously sweet egg-custard tarts that are truly a feast for the senses.
Traveling by foot is the best way to experience the splendor of Portugal's historic villages, and our easy-to-moderate itinerary lets you capture their magic at a viable pace. Join us now!