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Lisbon Coast Guided Walking Holiday

Regaleira Palace (Quinta da Regaleira), Sintra, landmarks of  Portugal
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Centre Based
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,149pp with flights

This enchanting area of Estremadura, Portugal, attracted the Romans, Moors, kings and poets, and is abundant in leisurely walks as well as rich history and culture. The rugged Atlantic coast that runs along Ericeira offers delightful walks accompanied by the crashing waves and refreshing sea breeze. A guided sightseeing day in Lisbon will allow you to sample this fascinating capital, bursting with maritime history. Situated on Portugal’s dramatic Atlantic coast less than an hour away from Lisbon, Ericeira is a charming traditional fishing town with narrow lanes, fountains and white washed houses picked out with cobalt blue. A fishing fleet is still active and wonderful seafood is always available. The whole area is a perfect fusion of Portuguese heritage and food. Only minutes from our hotel, Ericeira’s laidback centre with its pedestrianised streets has attractive shops, cafés, patisseries, bars and restaurants. This coastline has over forty sandy beaches which have a strong surfing culture and host international competitions. We visit Lisbon to get a taste of Portugal’s capital city with its grand buildings, Moorish quarter and the maritime history of Belem. Mafra has an extraordinary former royal palace with hunting grounds where deer and wild boar can still be spotted, as well as a Franciscan monastery. One of our walking days takes us to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Sintra can be visited on your free day; the summer playground of the Portuguese royal family, with its former royal palaces, mansions, museums and rich history. Ericeira is a great resort to relax in, to enjoy scenic walks and to discover some of the history and culture of Portugal.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover great coastal walks and the green hills of the Serra de Sintra
  • Enjoy exploring compact and vibrant Lisbon – once the cradle of Portugal’s opulent empire.
  • Visit the Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point in Europe, with a huge variety of flora and fauna
  • See Sintra, a small town in the middle of the Serra de Sintra bursting with culture and history, and only half an hour away from Ericeira

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced  HF Holidays' leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – extensive breakfast and evening buffet meal

Trip Notes

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Welcome to Hotel Vila Gale Ericeira. Unpack and settle in.


Both groups have a short coach journey along the coast north of Ericeira and walk back to the hotel along cliff-top paths enjoying views of the usually benign, but sometimes wild, Atlantic.

Option 1 - Coastal walk: Ribamar to Ericeira

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: Our walk will start in the small village of Ribamar with its narrow streets and small cafés. We walk down to the sea and follow a cliff-top path, passing dramatic cliffs, ruined forts and sandy beaches. We will have an opportunity to stop at a popular surfing beach for refreshments before continuing on our coastal route into Ericeira, passing the harbour and traditional fishing boats.

Highlight: Walking atop the dramatic limestone and sandstone cliffs and exploring the beaches below for fossils or seas urchins (Ericeira’s namesake).  

 

Option 2 - Inland from Quintas to Ericeira

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: We travel a little further to start our walk in the small inland village of Quintas. Our walk will take us through quiet farmland along sandy tracks and paths and into the village of Ribamar, where we pick up the route of the easier walk.

Highlight: The views from the timber staircase that guides us up the cliffs from the beach at Praia De Ribeira De Ilhas.

 


Today’s walks give us the chance to visit Mafra Tapada, the former royal hunting grounds adjoining Mafra Palace. We follow good trails in the rolling hills of this entirely walled protected landscape with a chance of spotting wild boar and deer. In the afternoon a short coach journey takes us to Mafra town where we visit the former royal palace and monastery, a huge 18th century edifice reflecting the past glory of Portugal’s rich kingdom.

In the afternoon: Explore Mafra Palace, a huge 18th century edifice reflecting the past glory of Portugal’s rich kingdom. This is the most important Baroque monument in Portugal. After the mornings walk, a short coach journey takes us to Mafra town where we visit the former royal palace and monastery.

Option 1 - Royal Hunting Grounds Circuit and Mafra Palace

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: Our circular trail in the hunting grounds follows a quiet track with wooded sections giving welcome shade. We pass a preserved lime kiln and visit the former royal stables, coach houses and a dining house once frequented by royal hunting parties.

Highlight: Look out for wild boar and deer.

 

Option 2 - A tour of the Mafra Tapada

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

In summary: Our circular trail in the hunting grounds is similar to but a little longer than the easier walk. We follow a quiet track with wooded sections, passing the preserved lime kiln and visiting the former royal stables, coach houses and dining house.

Highlight: Visit the former royal palace and monastery.

 


Today we travel about 10 miles south of Ericeira to walk in rolling countryside, explore typical Estremadura villages and, if you wish, visit a superb archaeological museum.

Option 1 - Lisandro River, S. Juliăo & Baleia

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: Walking from the hotel, we take a quiet path on Praia do Sul, then detour inland to a pretty village before following the Lisandro river to an old fisherman's village and the delightful sandy beach of S. Julao where there is a lovely cafe for refreshments. Our walk finishes in the village of Baleia, where we will take our transport to the Archaeological museum.

Highlight: The remains of the Roman Villa of São Miguel de Odrinhas and its fantastic mosaics uncovered in this open air museum.

 

Option 2 - River Lisandro, S.Julăo and Santa Susana

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

In summary: We follow a similar route to the other party, heading along the Lisandro river, and stopping at S. Juliao for refreshments. After lunch, we take quiet paths and tracks to the village of Santa Susana before our transport takes us to the archaeological museum, where we can learn more about the history of the area.

Highlight: The delightful cafe on the beach of S. Juliao, where you can enjoy a refreshment looking out to the sea.  

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Ericeira: Explore this interesting town further, following its narrow winding streets and sampling the delicious pastries.

Sintra: You can take one of the frequent public buses to Sintra to explore some of the historic sights including the romantic hilltop Pena Palance or the National Palace with its impressive state rooms and kitchens with distinctive conical chimneys. Quinta da Regaleira has amazing grottoes, fountains and mystical creations or there’s the partially restored Moorish Castle with countless airy steps and superb views.

Lisbon: We do visit Lisbon later in the week but it’s impossible to see everything in a day. You can take an express bus from Ericeira along the motorway to Lisbon and use the city’s efficient Metro system to explore attractions such as St George’s Castle, the cathedral, historic churches, aquarium, fine shops and several world class museums including the Gulbenkian. Take a ride on a vintage city tram, an experience not to be missed.

Local information website: For information on Ericeira please visit www.ericeira.net


Our day begins with a coach ride to the centre of Lisbon where we meet our local guide who will take us around the principal attractions, historic buildings and places of interest in the city centre. There will also be time to explore, shop or have lunch before taking our coach down the River Tagus to Belem. Here our guide will show us some of the places which represent Portugal’s proud and exciting maritime history and discoveries.

Highlight: The stunning Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Also, sample the celebrated Pastéis de Nata, a small custard tart with a caramelised top.


Today both groups travel south of Ericeira to walk to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe.

Option 1 - Almocageme, Ulguiera and Cabo da Roca

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m) 

In summary: We begin our day exploring the authentically Portuguese village of Almocageme with its cafés and supermarket. We walk down a quiet road to Praia da Adraga with its sandy beach and dramatic cliffs (and another café!) before making our way up a track to view a cliff top blowhole – a deep fissure in the rocky cliff where waves create a water spout. We continue up a quiet track to the charming village of Ulgueira where we can enjoy our picnics. After lunch we continue our walk to Cabo da Roca where we can celebrate the lofty views above this windswept headland.

Highlight: The mighty headland at Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point in mainland Europe. From the lighthouse there are outstanding views along this rugged stretch of coast.

 

Option 2 - Along the coast from Praia Grande to Cabo da Roca

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: Our walk begins at Rodizio near Colares and takes us through dunes to see the remains of a recently excavated Roman sanctuary, then we walk along a clifftop path to the huge beach of Praia Grande. We continue high above the waves and take a sandy path down to Adraga beach. We detour to view the cliff- top blowhole and take a quiet track to Ulgueira where we can explore before continuing our walk to Cabo da Roca on the route of the easier walk.

Highlight: Both groups take a small detour to visit a cliff-top blowhole – a deep fissure in the rocky cliff where waves create a water spout high above the Atlantic. 

 


We hope to see you again soon.


Ericeira Itinerary Map

Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira - Lisbon Coast

Located in a traditional village in an enviable sea front location, the historic 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira is a local landmark building, listed for its unique green tiling. Low tide exposes the rocks immediately in front of the hotel and a lovely sandy beach.  Guests can relax at the health club which offers sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub and spa treatments.  Rooms with balconies and sea views are available. 

Rooms

All the 202 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and offer a high standard of comfort. 

Each room has:

  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Room safe
  • Minibar

Facilities

Outside the hotel is a swimming pool overlooking the sea and attractive gardens.

Inside, there are several bars, main restaurant and a wellness centre with a sauna, Turkish bath, gym and Jacuzzi, which are free of use for guests of the hotel. A wide range of health and beauty treatments are also available for a small charge.

The hotel also offers a laundry service and free WiFi.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Ericeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet. 

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch in the nearby shops. On some days it may be possible to visit shops on the walk, or eat in a local café; your leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

The evening meal is served in the open, airy restaurant, which offers a varied buffet catering for most diets, including vegetarians. If you have any special dietary requirements, please speak to the hotel staff on arrival.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. On most evenings you can enjoy the hotel's entertainment programme or take a walk on the beach. Alternatively relax in the bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests or walk into Ereceira for an ice-cream or coffee in one of the many pavement cafés.  

One evening we have arranged for a speaker to come and talk to our groups about this very interesting region.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Sea view & sea view with balcony: prices on request
  • Double room for sole occupancy: £34 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Lisbon Airport: £19 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Centre Based
Walking Grade:
1

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