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Camino Portugues - The Portuguese Way

The Camino Portugues is a remarkable journey, favoured by many.
Stunning coastlines can be admired along the path, and breathtaking landscapes can be  seen from the white sandy beaches that Portugal can boast.
The Portuguese way goes through wonderful cities and towns, such as Lisbon, Porto, Pontevedra and Tui.
Throughout history, this area has always been of great value: this Camino was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, and from the crystal clear waters of Sanxenxe, Christopher Columbus returned from his long expedition, to announce the discovery of the New World.

The trip towards Santiago de Compostela is divided in many sections, each one lasting from 6 to 8 days.
You will stay each night in carefully selected and regularly evaluated, authentic accommodation (hotels, casa rurales, pensiones), enjoying the best local alimentos e bebidas.

 

Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarem

This part of the Camino is 6 days long and stretches from Lisbon to Santarem, crossing Santa Ira de Azoia, Vila Franca de Xira and Azambuja.

Day 1
In Lisbona, visitors will have the chance to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower amongst other interesting architectural buildings and squares dotting the city.

Day 2
From Lisbon, the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago also follows the famous Caminho de Fatima, all the way to Santarem. A 26km walk brings us to Santa Iria de Azoia where we spend the night.

Day 3
Leaving this suburb of Lisbon, we start the day by a gentle climb up to then walk down to Povoa de Santa Iria. We then follow Rio Tejo to Villa Franca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival.

Day 4
Leaving Vila Franca de Xira, the Camino continues parallel to the Tejo River to arrive in Azambuja, famous for its "running of the bulls" yearly event in May.

Day 5
This last walking day brings us to the highest point of this section, Santarem. Half of the day is spent through crop fields, fruit groves and vineyards, to make the day as enjoyable as possible.

Day 6
This is the end of the first part of Camino. After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

FROM: €493

 

 

Camino Portugues from Santarem to Coimbra

During this part of the tour, which lasts 8 days, we will be going from Santarem to Coimbra, stopping in Golega, Tomar, Alvaiazere, Ansiao and Condeix-a-nova.

Day 1
In Santarem, visitors can wander around the winding streets and enjoy the relaxing Portuguese way of life in this small historical city.

Day 2
Leaving Santarem, the camino goes on across very few yet charming villages, a land of campinos (cattle herders), horses and bulls (as the region is famous for bullfighting). The walk will be 31km long, but  very easy thanks to the flat terrain.

Day 3
The path stretches across some quiet hilly countryside, passing through a few scattered villages. We will visit them one by one, to stop in Praza de la Republica in Tomar, in the heart of the old city.

Day 4
This is the most challenging yet rewarding days: the terrain change will lead us up and down along several wooded valleys, Roman roads, and farm tracks.

Day 5
Leaving Alvaiazere, we start with a steep climb up followed by a steady descent. The Camino continues up and down through crop fields and olive groves until the medieval town of Ansiao.

Day 6
We leave Ansiao crossing a 17th century bridge Ponte da Cal and heading towards Netos. Then, between pine and eucalyptus woods, olive groves and small towns, we finally make our way to Condeixa a Nova.

Day 7
The first half of the day runs through the countryside with lovely vineyards, olive groves and woodlands. As we approach the University City of Coimbra, the area becomes more populated and the last climb up of this section is towards alto de Cruz de Mourocos overlooking Coimbra and the Rio Mondego valley. Coimbra is a bustling, lively city, home of one of the oldest university in Europe!

Day 8
This is the end of this section. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

FROM: €726

 

 

Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Porto

 

 

 

During this part of the tour, which lasts 8 days, we will be going from Coimbra to Porto, crossing Mealhada, Agueda, Albergaria A Velha, Sao Joao de Madeira and Seixezelo.


Day 1
Indeed, being the former capital city of Portugal, Coimbra is not only home to a 13th century university, but its cathedral is one of the best preserved gothic buildings in the country. As a university city, Coimbra has everything to entertain visitors, and it is also a great place to taste local wines produced in the area.

Day 2
Today is mainly a flat walk alternating between urban areas and river valleys. On this stage, the Camino mostly follows an ancient Roman road even though nowadays very little of the original remains. We end the day in Mealhada, in a famous wine-growing area.

Day 3

Leaving Mealhada, we continue to walk through pleasant vineyards with no particular difficulty. On the way, the route runs through Avelas de Caminho, a city historically linked to the Camino. We finally reach Agueda, a town built on the banks of the Certima River.

Day 4
This easy short stage presents no difficulty, and runs through peaceful pine and eucalyptus woods, a leg of the Camino that follows the original Via Romana XVI, with a beautiful stone bridge crossing over Rio Marnel.


Day 5
We start this day walking along a lovely forest road through pine and eucalyptus woods. We will cross the charming town of Oliveira de Azemeis with its small yet pretty historical centre and walk across small hills, the highest point of the day culminating at a mere 220m in Sao Joao da Madeira.

Day 6
This short stretch of the Portuguese Way mainly passes through urban areas but gives a chance for modern pilgrims to follow the original Calzada romana for a good while. Leaving Sao Joao da Madeira, we pass through Arrifana and go past its blue church.  Soon we find ourselves walking on the well-preserved original cobbled Roman road. We then continue downhill towards Seixezelo.

Day 7
For our final walking day, we head towards Porto, feeling the fresh breeze of the Atlantic coast as we get closer. Today again, we will walk on an original Via Romana section in Perosinho before heading to Vila Nova de Gaia, the city facing Porto. Finally, we enter Porto via the majestic Puente D. Luiz I before reaching the city's UNESCO World Heritage old town.

Day 8
This is the end of this section. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

FROM: €628

 

 

 

 

Camino Portugues from Porto to Tui

 

 

During this part of the tour, which lasts 8 days, we will be going from Coimbra to Porto, crossing Mealhada, Agueda, Albergaria A Velha, Sao Joao de Madeira and Seixezelo.


Day 1
The entire old city of Porto was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996 and there is plenty to do and see here. Set on the bank of the Douro River and near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is also internationally known for its famous Port wine.

Day 2
The mainly flat terrain makes this first walking day an easy start. There are numerous old and interesting churches along the Camino or nearby, such as the twelfth century monastery Mosteiro Leca do Balio.

Day 3

From Fajolez the Camino starts to head North East, gradually getting away from the coastline. A few kilometres after leaving Fajolez, we cross the beautiful medieval Dom Zameiro Bridge.

Day 4
Today is an enjoyable and short enough walk as we leave Arcos to reach Barcelos. We will have the option to visit the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, and to enjoy a panoramic view from the top of the hill. Further on, we cross one of the many well preserved medieval bridges of the Camino and soon we enter Barcelos and its attractive main square.

Day 5
As we leave Barcelos, we start to feel Galicia approaching. Indeed, the landscape begins to change, becoming both hillier and greener, offering good views all day long. This day is the hardest of the section as there are not so many towns or villages along the Camino and there are a few steep uphill bits but it is also the most beautiful one!

Day 6
As in the previous day, there is a good deal of ascent today along the Camino. There are also numerous chapels and wayside crosses where pilgrims to Santiago have placed stones to mark their passage.

Day 7
Today is a special day as we start the walk in Portugal, and end up in Galicia, in Spain! The landscape here is very like the rest of Galicia: green and hilly. We start by walking down towards Rio Coura before starting a long climb up to Alto Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. Then, we head to Fontoura before continuing towards Rio Minho, the natural and modern border between the two countries. We then head towards Tui, the last stop over of this section.

Day 8
This is the end of this section. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

FROM: €724

 

 

Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago

 

During this part of the tour, which lasts 8 days, we will be going from Tui to Santiago, crossing O porriño, Arcade, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padron.


Day 1
Take a walk through the picturesque streets of Tui, then as you approach the Plaza de San Fernando, the silhouette of the west-facing facade of the 12th-century cathedral will provide you with a lasting memory.

Day 2
From the old port of Tui the Camino winds its way up to the old town, following the so-called Camino da Barca, and then enters a very steep section leading to the evocative bridge of San Telmo. From there, travelling over a less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.


Day 3
The terrain becomes easier as we cross the Louro valley. After a gentle climb you arrive at the chapel of Santiaguino de Antas; a pleasant place to take a rest. Then, surrounded by pine trees, the Camino starts its descent through the hamlet of Setefontes and comes to Arcade.

Day 4
Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th century church of Santa Maria, to enjoy the stunning views of the Bay of Vigo.

Day 5
After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the woods you'll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, pointing the way to proceed. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.

Day 6
Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron, famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

Day 7
The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario, and couple of kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day 8
This is the end of this section. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

FROM: €675

 

 

 

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