Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarem

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.

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From the capital city to the fertile river valleys
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Trip Highlights

Lisbon

Portugal’s colourful, coastal capital is the starting point of the Camino Portugues, and the perfect place to relax for the evening before you start your Camino. Lisbon is not only one of the oldest cities in the world (predating London, Rome and Paris), but also one of the most beautiful! Why not treat yourself before starting you walk with a traditional Portugese sweet treat the pastel de nata.

Azambuja

Founded by the Romans, occupied by the Moors and then taken back by the Portuguese in the 12th Century, this town has a long and varied history. Today it is a growing town thanks to the connection from the railway and nearby motorway. The plain exterior of the main church, Igreja Matriz da Azambuja, is in contrast to the beautiful decorated interior with traditional Portuguese tiles and gilded altars. Just west of this town is a wine region in the Ribatejo hills with one award winery being Quinta da Lapa. Why not try this wine with one of the many fish dishes that are a specialty in the region also with the locally made fresh bread.

Santarem

Perched on a hilltop the wonderful views over the Tagus river are not all this town has to offer. Like many other towns in the region it has Roman origins and was captured by the Moors before returning to the Portuguese. For the early Monarchs of Portugal this was a favorite city to visit, evidence still seen today in the many monuments and buildings that was built at this time. Festivals play a big part in the heritage of the town and two major festivals, the National Agricultural Fair in June and the National Gastronomy Festival in October.

Itinerary

Day 1

Lisbon
(Arrival)

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.

Day 2
42.6km

Lisbon
to
Vialfranca de Xira

We recommend to spend the extra time in Lisbon today to explore this wonderful city and then at your leisure take the train to Vilafranca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival, to spend the night and start your Camino walk from here the following day.

Day 3
20km

Vialfranca de Xira
to
Azambuja

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.

Day 4
32km

Azambuja
to
Santarem

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.

Day 5

Santarem

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Lisbon
to
Vialfranca de Xira

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.

Section 2

Vialfranca de Xira
to
Azambuja

We recommend to spend the extra time in Lisbon today to explore this wonderful city and then at your leisure take the train to Vilafranca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival, to spend the night and start your Camino walk from here the following day.

Section 3

Azambuja
to
Santarem

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.

Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarem

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Fly In

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



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Starting Point

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



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Getting Home

Option 1 – Lisbon
Take a bus to Lisbon bus station (Approx. 1hr), regular departure all day long. There are also regular trains from Santarem to Lisbon, all day long.



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