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Camino Portugues from Santarem to Coimbra

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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 heritage 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!

Trip Stats

152km

distance to walk

6

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Santarem
(Arrival)

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.

Day 2
31km

Santarem
to
Golega

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.

Day 3
30km

Golega
to
Tomar

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.

Day 4
31km

Tomar
to
Alvaiazere

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.

Day 5
15km

Alvaiazere
to
Ansiao

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.

Day 6
26km

Ansiao
to
Condeixa A Nova

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.

Day 7
17km

Condeixa A Nova
to
Coimbra

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!

Day 8

Coimbra

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Santarem
to
Golega

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.

Section 2

Golega
to
Tomar

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.

Section 3

Tomar
to
Alvaiazere

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.

Section 4

Alvaiazere
to
Ansiao

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.

Section 5

Ansiao
to
Condeixa A Nova

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.

Section 6

Condeixa A Nova
to
Coimbra

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.

Map

Camino Portugues from Santarem to Coimbra

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 bus companies run to Santarem (Approx. 1hr), many departures a day. There are also many train departures from Gare Oriente to Santarem all day long (Approx. 45min).



Getting Home

Option 1 – Lisbon
Take a bus to Lisbon bus station (Approx. 1.5hr), regular departure all day long. There are also regular trains from Coimbra to Lisbon, all day long.



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Included

  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation 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

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from €769

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

25km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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