Rambler’s Worldwide Holidays, the specialist walking holidays company, has just launched a group of new walking holidays in Portugal. They include an unusual 10 day rail and walk holiday which leisurely meanders through some of the country’s most stunning countryside and cities.
Portugal is a popular destination for walkers due to its warm climate and beautiful scenery, with many walks planned around the wonderful coastline of the Algarve area. According to the company “The Algarve coast is justly famous for its fine Atlantic beaches, superb golf courses and beautiful coastline but it is generally not thought of in terms of open countryside; it is however truly wonderful rambling country.”
In relation to this rise in popularity of walking holidays and so-named geotourism, in 2008 Portugal’s first Geopark opened (Naturtejo Geopark), supported by Unesco, involving a network of nature trails and historical sites to encourage vistors to the region to indulge in more than a traditional beach holiday. The 8th Annual Geoparks conference was held in Portugal this September, also helping Portugal to firmly establish itself as an up and coming world class geotourism destination.
Says Miguel Perestrello, Portuguese Director for Tourism in the UK, “Geotourism is an effective way of stimulating economic activity whilst promoting sustainable tourism. We want to want to offer a whole range of tourism products, starting from the typical sun and sea holiday to the Geotourism or Ecotourism nature breaks which encourage the preservation of our geological heritage and natural surroundings.”