Explorers like Vasco da Gama and Magellan discovered “new” parts of the world and Portugal colonised parts of South America, Africa and Asia. Portugal was at war with Spain during the 17th century and with both Spain and France during the 19th century, after which internal conflicts and colonial wars followed during the 20th century. Portugal’s influence diminished and so did the number of her colonies.
Today Portugal is one of Western Europe’s poorer countries, but still has memories from its time as a great power.
This coming spring and autumn, starting on May 3, travel operator, Temaresor, is organising hiking trips to Portugal with a total of 14 departures from Stockholm or Copenhagen. Over five days you’ll hike in one of Portugal’s nature reserves, Serra de São Memede, in eastern Portugal and stay in a lovely little hotel in Castelo de Vide, which is one of the country’s prettiest villages. The hikes vary in nature but are relatively simple and are topped off with tasty picnics and wine-tasting at a couple of local vineyards. Some of the trip’s highlights are; the city tour in Lisbon, Castilo de Vide hotel and the wine-tasting.