From the top of the highlands in the north of the country to the prominent slopes of the various mountain volcanoes in the Atlantic, there is plenty of excellent mountain climbing to be done in Portugal. Explore diverse landscapes and see what sets Portugal apart from the rest.
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Although most of Portugal’s top mountain climbing spots are more than 1.000 kilometers away from the mainland, on Madeira and the Azores, there is still some mountain climbing to be done in the north of the country.
Alto da Pedrice (1.758 meters), Nevosa (1.548 meters) and Larouco (1.536 meters) are the main mountain climbing targets in the highlands. None require more climbing than simple scrambling and are a good way to whet the appetite for further mountain climbing adventures.
The main course of Portuguese mountain climbing is on the islands. Mount Pico (2.351 meters) on Pico Island in the Azores and Pico Ruivo (1.861 meters) on Madeira are the two two highest island peaks and the most prominent ones in Portugal. Both involve gaining quite a bit of altitude quite quickly but are not overly technical.
Climbers here enjoy the chance to see varied landscapes as he or she goes, finishing off with stunning vistas out over the Atlantic Ocean. Certainly worth a visit for climbers of any level.
During the summer, Portugal has great weather. The average temperature sits around mid-20s, and occasionally 30ºC. The mountains in the north tend to be cooler than the south, but the south is usually windier. Rain is quite infrequent throughout the country during the summer.
Depending on where you are going in the country, you will want to fly into the international airports at Lisbon (LIS) or Porto (OPO). From there, the rest of the country is pretty well connected by bus or domestic flight.
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