Hiking guide Monika Kessler: “You only really get to know Portugal by hiking, because you need to feel, hear, see and smell this country. You can enjoy the fragrance of flowers and experience the quietness in the changing landscapes.”
The area around Maravilhas is perfect for a hiking holiday in Portugal. During our group hiking tours you meet likeminded souls and discover authentic Portugal at the same time.
The hiking trips pass through various landscapes. We walk on goat and sandy paths and take our time to enjoy the unspoilt and amazing panoramas. During the group hiking tours you will see beautiful natural areas in the country, picturesque Portuguese villages, lakes and streams and the untouched Atlantic west coast.
Our group hiking Portugal guide is experienced as well as enthusiastic. Monika Kessler joined the Maravilhas team in 2002. She really knows the area, is sports-loving and very experienced in guiding hiking groups. She also knows a lot about plants that you will find along the way. She is a true hiker.
During the Holiday season, we also organise a hiking week. During our Christmas Hiking week you’ll get the same program. However, you’ll be getting something extra during the Christmas days. We highly recommend this hiking week for everybody that doesn’t know what to do during the Holidays.
The group hiking programme entails 6 day trips of 4 to 7 hours (approximately 14 km). The height difference is about 200 meters. Four hiking trips are in the immediate vicinity of Maravilhas, one along the Atlantic coast and one in the Santa Clara lake area. We stay at Maravilhas. The programme includes breakfast, lunch (packed) and vegetarian meals.
Free time after the hike until
On the day of arrival we will welcome you after 14:00 with some tea and coffee. You’ll be assigned to your room and you’ll have some time to settle in. When everyone has arrived, there will be a small meeting to get to know everyone and to inform you what the week will look like. After that, you’ll get a small tour on our property, this is your first little hike guided by Prem or a team member of Maravilhas. This will already give you a good view on what the land looks like and you might already find some spots where you’ll be able to relax.
On the first hiking day you’ll start, normally, with a smaller hike. This is to get acquainted with the surroundings and to prepare you for the following days. This hike takes about a couple of hours and on this day you’ll be having lunch at Maravilhas.
If you really want to taste a bit of the Portuguese kitchen during this week, there will be one day that you’ll be visiting the Portuguese West-Coast. Together with your guide you can decide if there is time and space to go to a restaurant. This is optional of course and isn’t included within the hiking week. Taking a lunch bag is, of course, still available during this day as well.
On the final day of the hiking week you’ll get the time to pack your bags after breakfast and it’s the time to say your goodbye’s to go on the road again. If you’d like to extend your stay, you can always ask us what options are available.
– 7 nights accommodation
– All the hikes and transportation for the hikes.
– 3 daily vegetarian meals
– Pick-up Service if you don’t want to continue your hike
– Tea and coffee