Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarem
From Lisbon to Santarem, the starting point of the Portuguese Way, the Camino Portugues
The Portuguese Way or Camino Portugues became very popular after the country gained its independence in the mid 12th century. Nowadays, some people claim the Portuguese Way offers one of the richest cultural and architectural heritages of the whole of the existing Caminos. The Camino Portugues starts in Lisbon and crosses Lisboa, Alentejo and the Central and Northern regions of Portugal. It then enters Spain in Tui to continue North through Galicia and towards Santiago de Compostela!
The first section of the Camino Portugues starts in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, and heads North to reach Santarem and its magnificent scenic views over the area. After the urban areas of the beginning, the route heads towards a rich agricultural area, often considered as “the garden of Portugal”. On this leg, the Camino also coincides with the famous Caminho de Fatima and mainly follows the Tejo river valley. The flat landscape of the area makes it doable to anybody with an average level of fitness.
Located on the Atlantic Ocean coast and on the banks of River Tejo, the westernmost capital city of Europe is a great place to visit and relax. It has both historical interest and the seaside buzz. Visitors can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower amongst other interesting architectural buildings and squares. There are so many things to see and do in Lisbon that visitors have access to a wide array of different experiences.
Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia (26km, 5h)
From Lisbon, the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago also follows the famous Caminho de Fatima, all the way to Santarem. Leaving Lisbon is relatively easy as we follow river Tejo via Parque das Nacoes. We then follow a farm track through a green valley and it’s hard to believe you are only few miles away from the heart of Lisbon! The short first walking day soon brings us to Santa Iria de Azoia where we spend the night.
Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira (22km, 5h)
Leaving this suburb of Lisbon, we start the day by a gentle climb up to then walk down to Povoa de Santa Iria. The Camino then follow Rio Tejo mostly along a flat and busy national road towards the attractive and colorful Vila Franca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival.
Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja (20km, 7h30)
Leaving Vila Franca de Xira, we continue our way through a region of where bullfighting and horse breeding are part of the daily life. The Camino continues parallel to the Tejo River before heading inland towards the pleasant town of Azambuja.
Azambuja to Santarem (32km, 8h)
This last walking day brings us to the highest point of this section, at a mere 110 metres high, in Santarem, which is also the final stop over of our first stretch of the Portuguese Way. This is a very enjoyable walk as half of the day is spent through crop fields, fruit groves and vineyards.
Santarem. End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Try to cycle through this section
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).
1 – From Lisbon, several urban bus routes can bring you to city centre. There are also shuttle buses.