Camino Portugues from Santarem to Coimbra
Walk from Santarem to Coimbra – The Camino Portugues 2/5
The 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 Portuguese way starts in Lisbon and crosses the 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!
This 2nd section of the Portuguese Way stretches between Santarem and Coimbra, through the province of Ribatejo, the only one in the whole of Portugal that does not border either the Atlantic Coast nor Spain. So this walking holiday explores the heart of Portugal, a region of traditions and with cities full of history such as Santarem, Tomar or Coimbre. This part of the Camino Portugues is yet to be discovered!
The city of Santarem is perched on top of a hill, overlooking the Rio Tejo valley. Santarem is a small, charming historic city where visitors can wander around the winding streets and enjoy the relaxing Portuguese way of life.
Santarem to Golega (31km, 7h30)
Leaving Santarem, we soon find ourselves walking along quiet country lanes as today the Camino heads North East, mostly following Rio Tejo. It passes through very few yet charming villages, a land of campinos (cattle herders), horses and bulls (as the region is famous for bullfighting). This is a long walking day but the flat terrain makes it easy enough to complete.
Golega to Tomar (30km, 7h15)
We start this day heading towards one of the country’s nicest manor house, Finca da Cardiga. Then we continue through the quiet hilly countryside, passing through a few scattered villages. The day finishes on Praza de la Republica in Tomar, in the heart of the old city.
Tomar to Alvaiazere (31km, 8h15)
Today announces a change of terrain as we go up and down along several wooded valleys, Roman roads, and farm tracks. This day is often seen as challenging but it is also one of the most rewarding of this section.
Alvaiazere to Ansiao (15km, 4h)
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 and along the medieval route that brings us to Ansiao.
Ansiao to Condeixa A Nova (26km, 4h)
We leave Ansiao crossing a 17th century bridge Ponte da Cal and heading towards Netos. Then the landscape alternates between pine and eucalyptus woods, olive groves and small towns. We finally make our way to Condeixa a Nova.
Condeixa A Nova to Coimbra (17km, 7h15)
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 (Alt. 190m) overlooking Coimbra and the Rio Mondego valley. Coimbra is a bustling, lively city, home of one of the oldest university in Europe!
Coimbra, 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 it 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).