From the rolling hills of Alentejo to the rugged mountains of Peneda-Geres National Park and the towering volcanoes over Madeira, Portugal has a lot to see and trail running is a great way to get out there and explore!
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Any trail running adventure to Portugal will either begin in Lisbon or Porto. While you’re in one of these two cosmopolitan hubs, be sure to check out some of the city’s architecture and cultural heritage. Heading out on a warm up run for the adventure ahead is a great way to do so.
Due to its beautiful volcanoes and beaches, the island of Madeira is one of the top spots in Portugal for trail running. Make sure you have at least one week to go out and explore this lovely place.
In spite of its distance from the European mainland, Madeira is pretty easily reached via flights into Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (FNC) from most major European airports.
Other parts of Portugal are just of worthy of your trail running presence, but might require a bus ride, domestic flight or train ride in order to reach. The harder it is to get to however, generally the better the trail running is.
During the spring, autumn and winter temperatures are quite mild in most of Portugal, ranging from 10ºC to 23ºC. Temperatures can drop below freezing at higher elevations. Temperatures during the summer can be very hot, averaging between 25ºC and 30ºC. Portugal receives some rainfall, which is spread pretty evenly throughout the year, except in the summer.
Almost any trip to Portugal usually begins with a flight into either the international airports in Lisbon (LIS) or Porto (OPO), form these points, it is pretty easy to take a connecting flight, bus or train to your final destination.
September to May, although many guides offer trips year-round as well.
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