Menu

DEUX PAS VERS L'AUTRE

FROM PORTUGAL TO TURKEY, 10,000 KM ON FOOT TO TELL THE STORY OF EUROPE

01

PORTUGAL

THE PORTUGUESE WELCOME

"Proud of their country, valuing work and family, the Portuguese make a strong impression on us. At the time, we did not realize the extent of this special generosity which will remain a reference throughout our trip.

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROUTE

regions crossed : 3
Number of guests in the country: 2
Cross-country season: WINTER
Duration in country : 40 DAYS
Distance traveled : 750 KM
Positive elevation gain : 9200 M

OUR PORTUGAL IN A FEW WORDS

772 km separate our first steps at the foot of the lighthouse of Cape St. Vincent and the Spanish border. But also, three regions, seven natural parks, dozens of pasteis de nata, about forty kilos of waste collected. We had lunch in an old people's home, slept in a fire station, a caravan, a sculptor's workshop, a cabin... Beyond the numbers, we lived our walking trip in Portugal as an intense experience, immersed in a magnificent country, whose rural areas we crossed essentially, a country with a sometimes harsh climate but whose inhabitants were always welcoming.

TO REMEMBER IN PORTUGAL

THE CLIFFS OF THE ALGARVE

A wild coastline, towering ochre cliffs and small villages nestled on the water's edge, Portugal's Vicentine Coast is reputed to be the best preserved stretch of coastline in Europe. The rough sea crashes violently on the huge shale cliffs, the last fishermen of the coastal villages have the heart to work in these unchained elements. 

CORK OAKS

Mythical and ancestral tree in Portugal, the cork oak is protected since the 13th century. It is impossible to cut down one without an express authorization from the government. Portugal is the first cork exporter in the world and a historical cork producer. Most of the production is located in the Algarve and Alentejo. 

The cork is a matter of patience, it is necessary to wait about forty years before realizing the first exploitable harvest, the following will take place every nine years.

LA ROTA VICENTINA

Founded in 2013, the Rota Vicentina association is committed to developing green tourism that values the natural diversity and cultural richness of these coastal regions of southern Portugal. The creation and maintenance of more than 700 kilometers of hiking trails accessible all year round allow to discover these still wild lands and to meet the wonderful welcome of the Portuguese people.

THE WHITE STORKS

All along the coast of Alentejo, you can see white storks nesting on cliffs or even in the heart of villages, on church towers. Storks nesting on sea cliffs is a unique phenomenon in the world, only here, in Portugal, can it be observed. Until now, they migrated to Africa for the winter. With global warming, we now see storks staying all year round.

ALDEIAS DO XISTO

In the heart of Portugal, between the mountains of Serra da Lousã and Açor, lies a well-kept secret. Twenty-seven villages made of schist, that brown rock with a flaky appearance, are nestled in the hills and hidden by surprisingly lush vegetation. 

A network of 600 kilometers of trails connect them, ideal for hiking or biking. These villages all almost disappeared. Some of them were abandoned, others just avoided it, but all of them are now progressively being rehabilitated.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:

DEUX PAS VERS L'AUTRE

"Cape St. Vincent in Portugal is the most southwestern place in continental Europe. It is the most symbolic place we have found as a starting point. On February 5, 2018, we finally set foot in Portugal. This is officially the beginning of this European crossing. This particular moment is as nerve-wracking as it is exciting."

OUR ITINERARY IN PORTUGAL

We definitely started this crossing of Portugal for the easier end. From Cape St. Vincent, we spent nearly two weeks on the perfectly groomed trails of the Rota Vicentina. The markings could be followed by a 5 year old, there is little elevation change, and you pass several villages a day to replenish your supplies.

Further along our route, the reality of the terrain caught up with us. Except in areas where sport-nature tourism has been developed, nobody walks in Portugal. In the rural and not very touristy areas, there are very few paths. From agricultural tracks to wild boar paths, we sometimes had funny surprises.

Finally, when we arrived in the first mountainous region of the trip, we were surprised by a seasonal weather that we had almost forgotten. In March, it's always winter and on the slopes of the Serra da Estrela, the snowstorm reminded us of it.


[sgpx gpx="/wp-content/uploads/gpx/01 2PVA PORTUGAL.gpx"]

DOWNLOAD THE GPX TRACK

A JOURNEY TO SHARE

PORTUGAL: THE GUESTS

STEVEN

IN PORTUGAL WITH 2PVA : 10 DAYS
SEE HIS VIDEO

NOÉ

IN PORTUGAL WITH 2PVA : 9 DAYS
SEE HIS VIDEO

2PVA THE BLOG

For each country, we have written an article, sometimes more, to put into words our experience in the country. You will not find the best addresses of restaurants and hotels but a very personal sharing of our encounters, places and events that have marked us the most.

Why you should go hiking in Portugal

Premier des 16 pays de notre traversée de l’Europe à pied, le Portugal a été pour nous une expérience de dingue. Gros coup de cœur pour les sentiers côtiers, la
Read more >>
MarieMC
07 Sep 22
relive the adventure with us

WITH 2PVA VLOGS

A LITTLE CLUMSY AT THE BEGINNING, THEY ARE LIKE GOOD WINE AND GET BETTER WITH TIME

PORTUGAL IN PICTURES

Discover the pictures of our crossing of Portugal from Cape St. Vincent in the Algarve to the mountains of the Central region. A dive in the heart of Portugal, its mythical cliffs, its unknown hinterland and especially, the unique welcome of the Portuguese.

[envira-gallery id="6768"]
[envira-gallery id="6771"]
userscrossmenu
en_USEnglish
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram