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Most popular day hikes start near the National Palace.
A network of steep, rough and/or rocky trails climb up to the medieval Castle of the Moors. Good fun.
I stood in line for almost an hour to wander the Palace like every other tourist. But wished I’d spent that time — instead — hiking the lovely trails over 200 hectares of surround Pena Park. It’s a labyrinth and I was lost most of the time despite trying to follow a route on AllTrails.
After escaping the Palace, I continued up towards a high crucifix.
There are many weird and unusual places to stop. I particularly liked the Valley of the Lakes.
Another great hike is a short bus ride away on the coast … the Cabo da Roca Lighthouse, the westernmost point of Europe.