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The Whole Camino Portugues

The Camino Portugues is a pilgrimage from Lisbon in Portugal up to Santarem and through to the northern city of Porto and the southern Spanish city of Tui before ending in Santiago de Compostela.

Trip Stats

598km

distance to walk

26 +

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Lisbon
(Arrival)

Day 1 – Arrival into Lisbon in Portugal
Day 2 – Lisbon explore the city, train to Vilafranca de Xira 
Day 3 – Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja (20km)
Day 4 – Azambuja to Santarem (33km)

The Portugues Way starts in the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon. From Lisbon, the tour will follow the famous Caminho de Fatima all the way to Santarem. This first section includes stops in the pleasant towns of Vila Franca de Xira and Azambuja, as well as walking through some beautiful agricultural areas.

Day 2

Lisbon
to
Santarem

Day 5 – Santarem to Golega (34km)
Day 6 – Golega to Tomar (30km)
Day 7 – Tomar to Alvaiazere (33km)
Day 8 – Alvaiazere to Ansiao (13km)
Day 9 – Ansiao to Condeixa A Nova (31km)
Day 10 – Condeixa A Nova to Coimbra (17km)

Beginning in Santarem, this section of the Portuguese Way heads northeast finishing in Coimbra. Throughout the tour, enjoy the quiet country lanes, the 17th century bridge Ponte da Cal, the olive groves and the University City of Coimbra.

Day 3

Santarem
to
Coimbra

Day 11 – Coimbra to Mealhada (23km)
Day 12 – Mealhada to Agueda (25km)
Day 13 – Agueda to Albergaria A Velha (16km)
Day 14 – Albergaria A Velha to Sao Joa da Madeira (29km)
Day 15 – Sao Joao da Madeira to Grijo (19km)
Day 16 – Grijo to Porto (15km)

The third section of the Portuguese Way starts in Coimbra, which was the former capital of Portugal. Most of this section will follow Ancient Roman roads and provides travellers with more access to modern towns. This section ends in Porto, home of the world famous Port wine and also a UNESCO World Heritage old town.

Day 4

Coimbra
to
Porto

Day 17 – Porto to Fajozes (23km)
Day 18 – Fajozes to Arcos (12km)
Day 19 – Arcos to Barcelos (21km)
Day 20 – Barcelos to Ponte de Lima (34km)
Day 21 – Ponte de Lima to Sao Pedro de Rubiaes (18km)
Day 22 – Sao Pedro de Rubiaes to Tui (20km)

While the fourth section begins in Porto, Portugal, it ends in Tui in Spain. This section is generally a hillier walk, but it offers great panoramic views. The last day of this section involves crossing the Rio Minho, which serves as the natural and modern border between Portugal and Spain.
Note: We will book 2 nights in Ponte de Lima and arrange transfers back and forth to Rubiaes.

Day 5

Porto
to
Tui

Day 23 – Tui to O Porrino (17km)
Day 24 – O Porrino to Arcade (25km)
Day 25 – Arcade to Pontevedra (12km)
Day 26 – Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (21km)
Day 27 – Caldas de Reis to Padron (19km)
Day 28 – Padron to Santiago (25km)
Day 29 – Santiago de Compostela, End of the Camino!

The last section of the Camino Portugues begins in Tui in Spain and ends at Santiago de Compostela. While the terrain begins off a bit more challenging, as the wallk continues it levels out, becoming easier. This section features crossing the Louro valley, visiting the historic site of Ponte Sampaio and making a stop in Padron which is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

Day 6

Tui
to
Santiago de Compostela

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Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

Section 1

Lisbon
to
Santarem

Day 1 – Arrival into Lisbon in Portugal
Day 2 – Lisbon explore the city, train to Vilafranca de Xira 
Day 3 – Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja (20km)
Day 4 – Azambuja to Santarem (33km)

The Portugues Way starts in the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon. From Lisbon, the tour will follow the famous Caminho de Fatima all the way to Santarem. This first section includes stops in the pleasant towns of Vila Franca de Xira and Azambuja, as well as walking through some beautiful agricultural areas.

Section 2

Santarem
to
Coimbra

Day 5 – Santarem to Golega (34km)
Day 6 – Golega to Tomar (30km)
Day 7 – Tomar to Alvaiazere (33km)
Day 8 – Alvaiazere to Ansiao (13km)
Day 9 – Ansiao to Condeixa A Nova (31km)
Day 10 – Condeixa A Nova to Coimbra (17km)

Beginning in Santarem, this section of the Portuguese Way heads northeast finishing in Coimbra. Throughout the tour, enjoy the quiet country lanes, the 17th century bridge Ponte da Cal, the olive groves and the University City of Coimbra.

Section 3

Coimbra
to
Porto

Day 11 – Coimbra to Mealhada (23km)
Day 12 – Mealhada to Agueda (25km)
Day 13 – Agueda to Albergaria A Velha (16km)
Day 14 – Albergaria A Velha to Sao Joa da Madeira (29km)
Day 15 – Sao Joao da Madeira to Grijo (19km)
Day 16 – Grijo to Porto (15km)

The third section of the Portuguese Way starts in Coimbra, which was the former capital of Portugal. Most of this section will follow Ancient Roman roads and provides travellers with more access to modern towns. This section ends in Porto, home of the world famous Port wine and also a UNESCO World Heritage old town.

Section 4

Porto
to
Tui

Day 17 – Porto to Fajozes (23km)
Day 18 – Fajozes to Arcos (12km)
Day 19 – Arcos to Barcelos (21km)
Day 20 – Barcelos to Ponte de Lima (34km)
Day 21 – Ponte de Lima to Sao Pedro de Rubiaes (18km)
Day 22 – Sao Pedro de Rubiaes to Tui (20km)

While the fourth section begins in Porto, Portugal, it ends in Tui in Spain. This section is generally a hillier walk, but it offers great panoramic views. The last day of this section involves crossing the Rio Minho, which serves as the natural and modern border between Portugal and Spain.
Note: We will book 2 nights in Ponte de Lima and arrange transfers back and forth to Rubiaes.

Section 5

Tui
to
Santiago de Compostela

Day 23 – Tui to O Porrino (17km)
Day 24 – O Porrino to Arcade (25km)
Day 25 – Arcade to Pontevedra (12km)
Day 26 – Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (21km)
Day 27 – Caldas de Reis to Padron (19km)
Day 28 – Padron to Santiago (25km)
Day 29 – Santiago de Compostela, End of the Camino!

The last section of the Camino Portugues begins in Tui in Spain and ends at Santiago de Compostela. While the terrain begins off a bit more challenging, as the wallk continues it levels out, becoming easier. This section features crossing the Louro valley, visiting the historic site of Ponte Sampaio and making a stop in Padron which is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Lisbon
Lisbon airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).

Option 2 – Porto
Porto airport with British Airways, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).



Starting Point

1 – From Lisbon, several urban bus routes can bring you to city centre. There are also shuttle buses.



Getting Home

Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

Airport Private Pick Up

Airport Pick-up

Upgrade to 4 star hotel

Premium Accommodation

Achievement

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Earn Certificate of Completion upon reaching Santiago de Compostela

Package Details

Active

from €3020

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

21km

per day (average)

30 days

(29 nights/28 walking days)

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