Camino Portugues - The Portuguese Way

Self Guided 4 Stages of 8 – 11 days per stage. Approx 590 kms

The Portuguese Road, or Camino Portugués, is considered by many as the most spiritually connected pilgrimage route. Following the path St James' body took to its resting place at the site of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the often overlooked, and hence much quieter, Portuguese path offers a wealth of history and delightful landscapes to discover.
Beginning in Lisbon, the Camino Portugués is an easier walk than the French Camino. You can choose to walk it in its entirety or just one or more stages.

Stages 1 & 2

By combining the first two sections of the Camino Portugués you visit many of Portugal’s most important, historic cities like the Gothic Santarém, the Templar city of Tomar and the beautiful University town of Coimbra. As well as walking through some of its most beautiful scenery alongside rivers, passing vineyards, crop fields and farms. This trail gives an insight into the rural Portuguese way of life.

Stage 1 - Lisbon to Coimbra (11 days/10 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Lisbon
Day 2 Transfer to Santa Iria de Azoia - and walk to Vila Franca de Xira - 18km
Day 3 Vila Franca de Xira – Azambuja - 20km
Day 4 Azambuja – Santarem – 27 km
Day 5 Santarem – Golega – 29 km
Day 6 Golega – Tomar – 28 km
Day 7 Tomar - Alvaiazere – 27km
Day 8 Alvaiazere – Alvorge - 21km
Day 9 Alvorge - Conimbriga and transfer to Ega – 17 km
Day 10 Transfer to Conimbriga and walk to Coimbra - 15km
Day 11 End of Stage 1

Stage 2 - Coimbra – Porto (8 days/7 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Coimbra
Day 2 Coimbra - Mealhada: 22km
Day 3 Mealhada – Agueda - 23km
Day 4 Agueda - Albergaria a Velha - 15km
Day 5 Albergaria a Velha - Oliveira de Azemeis - 15km
Day 6 Oliveira de Azemeis - Malaposta: 18km
Day 7 Malaposta – Porto - 18km
Day 8 End of Stage 2

Grade / Terrain

Moderate - these two sections are mainly flat, so you are able to cover a great deal of distance in a relatively short time. Daily walks are between 15-29km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to hilly.

Stages 3 & 4: Porto - Santiago de Compostela

The second stage of the Camino Portugués takes you from the historic and lively university city of Coimbra through vineyards, woodlands and villages to Porto, set on the banks of the Douro River and famous for its port wine production. Then walk a mixture of coastal forest and countryside trails along rivers to reach stunning Galicia in Spain. The last 100km, after crossing the River Minho, the natural border between Spain and Portugal, is most popular with pilgrims.

A Guarda is the most southerly resort of Galicia (Spain) and a fishing port known for great shellfish including lobster. The cobbled streets of Pontevedra in Galicia are a wonderful highlight.

Stage 3 - Porto – A Guarda (7 days/6 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Porto
Day 2 Porto - Povoa do Varzim - 23km
Day 3 Povoa do Varzim - Esposende - 20km
Day 4 Esposende - Viana do Castelo 23km
Day 5 Viana do Castelo - Praia de Ancora - 18km
Day 6 Praia de Ancora – walk & ferry – A Guarda - 15km
Day 7 End of Stage 3

Stage 4 - A Guarda to Santiago de Compostela (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Day 1 : Arrive A Guarda
Day 2: A Guarda to Oia - 15km
Day 3: Oia to Baiona - 15km
Day 4: Baiona to Vigo - 23km
Day 5: Vigo to Arcade - 22km
Day 6: Arcade to Pontevedra - 13km
Day 7: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 24km
Day 8: Caldas de Rei to Padron - 19km
Day 9: Padron to Santiago de Compostela - 26km
Day 10: End of Stage 4

Grade / Terrain

Moderate Flat to hilly diverse terrain with daily walks between 13-26 km.

Meals

Breakfast daily

Price

Please note that pricing is per person in Euros

2018: Stage 1: Share twin €1034, Single room supplement €410, Solo traveller cost €1900.
Stage 2: Share twin €623, Single room supplement €155, Solo traveller cost €1060.
Stage 3: Share twin €630, Single room supplement €220, Solo traveller cost €955.
Stage 4: Share twin €795, Single room supplement €250, Solo traveller cost €1176.

Schedule

2018: Start any day year round.

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