Lisbon Coast Guided Walking Holiday
Uncover great coastal walks and the rolling green hills of the Serra de Sintra
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
|All the 202 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and offer a high standard of comfort.
Each room has:
|Outside the hotel is a swimming pool overlooking the sea and attractive gardens.
The hotel also offers a laundry service and free WiFi.
Our holidays at Ericeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.
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.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.
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.
Ericeira Guided Walking & Sightseeing Holiday
Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.
We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort. Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.
Easier Walks: 4 to 6 miles (6½-9½km) generally on good paths and tracks with up to 700 feet (210m) of ascent and 1,100 feet (330m) of descent in a day.
Harder Walks: 5 to 9 miles (8-14½km) generally on good paths and tracks with some rougher sections. Up to 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
Depending upon your arrival time you should be able to explore the town of Ericeira where our leaders will show you the local shops, banks and supermarkets. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about the walking and sightseeing programme and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Scenic Coastal Walks
Easier Walk: Coastal walk: Ribamar to Ericeira
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the coastline north of Ericeira, walking from Ribamar on clifftop paths passing ruined forts and sandy beaches. We stop for refreshments on a popular surfing beach and pass the harbour and fishing boats in Ericeira en route to the hotel.
Don’t miss: Walking atop the dramatic limestone and sandstone cliffs and exploring the beaches below for fossils or seas urchins (Ericeira’s namesake).
Harder Walk: Inland from Quintas to Ericeira
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Travelling inland we start from the small village of Quintas and walk on sandy tracks to Ribamar and then clifftop paths passing ruined forts and sandy beaches. We explore the harbour and fishing boats in Ericeira en route to the hotel.
Don’t miss: The views from the timber staircase that guides us up the cliffs from the beach at Praia De Ribeira De Ilhas.
Day 3: Mafra – the palace, hunting grounds and monastery
Both groups visit the Mafra Tapada - the Royal Hunting Grounds for a walk before exploring the Mafra Palace in the afternoon.
Easier Walk: Mafra Tapada circuit
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the former royal hunting grounds on shaded woodland tracks where wild boar and deer still roam freely. Pass the preserved lime kiln and visit the former royal stables, coach houses and a dining house once frequented by royal hunting parties.
Harder Walk: A tour of the Mafra Tapada
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: A morning walk around the private royal hunting grounds. We pass the preserved lime kiln and visit the former royal stables, coach houses and a dining house once frequented by royal hunting parties. Look out for wild boar and deer too!
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.
Day 4: Lisandro River and archaeological museum
Easier Walk: Lisandro River and S. Juliao
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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
Don’t miss: The remains of the Roman Villa of São Miguel de Odrinhas and its fantastic mosaics uncovered in this open air museum.
Harder Walk: River Lisandro and Santa Susana
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Ascent: 900 feet (270m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don't miss: The delightful cafe on the beach of S. Juliao, where you can enjoy a refreshment looking out to the sea.
Day 5: Free day
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.
Day 6: Lisbon sightseeing
In a nutshell: Delve into vibrant and splendid Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world. Explore the historic city once ruled by Visigoths, Moors and Christians with our knowledgeable local guide on a walking tour. Whizz through narrow streets on a Remodelado Tram – a highlight for many guests. We’ll visit the nautical Belém area on the River Tagus and climb to the top of the ornate and imposing Belém Tower, a bastion of Portuguese colonial power. There will be time to shop and, if you like, soak up the atmosphere in a local café whilst enjoying a delicious seafood lunch.
Don’t miss: A visit to a Pastelerias - a Lisboan institution. Sample the celebrated Pastéis de Nata, a small custard tart with a caramelised top.
Day 7: Walking to Cabo da Roca
Easier Walk: Almocageme, Ulguiera and Cabo da Roca
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m)
The walk in a nutshell: Pass sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs as we wind our way to the charming village of Ulgueira. After our picnic lunch we continue to Cabo da Roca where we celebrate the lofty views above this windswept headland.
Don't miss: 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.
Harder Walk: Along the coast from Praia Grande to Cabo da Roca
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow a coastal path along the most western point of mainland Europe. We walk through dunes to see the remains of a Roman sanctuary and follow clifftop paths, wide beaches and small coves en route to the village of Ulgueira and the dramatic views of Cabo da Roca.
Don’t miss: 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.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.
The beautiful town of Ericeira has its roots in the fishing industry, when it was only a small village. Today, the town has grown and is a popular surfing destination, with stunning beaches, and a variety of shops and cafes to explore. Surfing tuition is also available on the beachfront.
Lying at the mouth of the river Tagus, Lisbon is an ancient city, and one of the oldest in Europe. Its origins are believed to be when prehistoric tribes settled here and built funeral monuments and megaliths. The area has been settled by many people, from Phoenicians to Romans to Moors. It later became Capital of Portugal in the 13th Century. Nowadays, the city is a centre for economic trade, and became European Capital of Culture in 1994.
Take an express bus from Ericeira to Lisbon and use the city’s efficient Metro system to explore attractions such as St George’s Castle, the Cathedral, historic churches, the aquarium, fine shops and several world class museums including the Gulbenkian. A ride on a vintage city tram is also good fun.
Mafra is a small Portuguese town, in which there is a large, elaborate palace. The Mafra palace was traditionally used by the Portuguese monarchy as a second home, due to its proximity to royal hunting grounds. It is one of the largest palaces in Europe and contains a basilica and library. The town itself has a museum, churches and shops.
Sintra is a small town, which historically attracted the nobility of Portugal, due to its mild climate. The town has several world heritage class buildings in this historic town with its former royal palaces, mansions and Moorish castle. The National Palace with its impressive state rooms and kitchens with their distinctive conical chimneys and the fairy-tale Pena Palace is well worth a visit. The town can be reached by bus or taxi from Ericeira.
Did you know?
Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of mainland Europe at 9° 30' west. Tearaght Island, Co Kerry is further west at 10° 39'
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow or Manchester flights to Lisbon airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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|25 May 2019||EELCL - Lisbon Coast Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£949.00||£948.00||Book Now|
|8 Jun 2019||EELCL - Lisbon Coast Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£949.00||£948.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £31 per night
- Allow €40 for sightseeing
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person