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Camino Portugues from Santarem to Coimbra

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Stage 2
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156.5km
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8 days
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Santarem to Coimbra Map
This second 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 true heart of Portugal, a region of traditions and with cities full of history such as Santarem, Tomar or Coimbra. This part of the Camino Portugues is a treasure trove of culture waiting to be discovered!

Highlights

Golega

Due to the location of the town between the Tagus River and its tributary River Almonda, it is a prime position for a town with a focus on agriculture. Granted to the Order of Templar for farming purposes in the 12th century cemented the towns position. With agriculture being a large part of the economic makeup of the town it is not surprising then to hear that it is here where the National Horse Fair takes place every year in November. From the 12th century there has also been efforts to welcome pilgrims and continues to this day. When in town be sure to visit the Igreja Matriz da Golegã in the main square with its exquisite Manueline door, simple interior and wonderful tiled surround of the altar.

Convento de Cristo, Tomar

The medieval centre of Tomar is an attractive space to relax in after a days walk on the Camino. However you must garner the energy to go up and visit the Templar Castle, Convento de Cristo. A World Heritage Site you can witness up close the influences of Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architecture, all telling their part in the history of Portugal from its founding through to the Age of Discovery. Henry the Navigator was appointed a Grand Master of the Military Order of Christ which sat in Tomar and held this position for the remainder of his life, thus demonstrating the importance of the Order of Christ in Portuguese history.

Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova

Built in 1648 to replace the old medieval convent that was affected by flooding. The founder of the ancient abbey was Queen Isabel, who was canonised in the 17th Century. Her remains where moved in a great procession from the old convent up to the new one and placed in a silver tomb in the high alter. With the death of the last nun in 1891, for a while the convent was maintained as a missionary college until 1910 when it was taken over by the Army. The monastery however was returned to the Brotherhood of the Confraternity of Queen Santa Isabel in 2006. Open daily be sure to visit this beautiful resting place of Queen Isabel.

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  • Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest
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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, historic city where visitors can wander around the winding streets and enjoy the relaxing Portuguese way of life. While you are in this charming town, take the time to visit the notable sights, including Old Castle of Santarém, the Church of Saint John of Alporão, Cabaças Tower, and the Fountain of the Fig Trees.


Day 2
33.66km

SANTAREM
to
GOLEGA

Leaving Santarem, we find ourselves walking along quiet country lanes as the Camino heads north-east, mostly following Rio Tejo. It passes through charming villages marked by the regional culture of campinos (cattle herders) and horse breeding life. This is a long walking day but the flat terrain makes it easy enough to complete.


Day 3
30.29km

GOLEGA
to
TOMAR

We start this day heading towards one of the country’s nicest manor houses, 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
32.28km

TOMAR
to
ALVAIAZERE

Today brings a change of terrain as we go up and down along several wooded valleys, Roman roads that remain in use to this day, and farm tracks. This day is often seen as challenging but it is also one of the most rewarding when completed of this whole section.


Day 5
12.73km

ALVAIAZERE
to
ANSIAO

Leaving Alvaiazere, we start with a steep climb up the hills surrounding the town followed by a steady descent. The Camino continues up and down through crop fields and olive groves and along the mediaeval route that brings us to your destination for the evening, Ansiao.


Day 6
30.47km

ANSIAO
to
CONDEIXA A NOVA

We leave Ansiao, crossing a 17th Century bridge (the Ponte da Cal) and heading towards Netos. From here, the landscape alternates between pine and eucalyptus woods, olive groves, and small rural towns. Towards the late afternoon, we finally make our way to Condeixa a Nova.


Day 7
17.11km

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 of this section is towards alto de Cruz de Mourocos (with a total height of 190 metres) overlooking Coimbra and the Rio Mondego valley. Coimbra is a bustling, lively city, home of one of the oldest universities in Europe!


Day 8

COIMBRA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. While you are here in one of the most appealing university cities in Europe, be sure to visit the Machado de Castro National Museum, University of Coimbra General Library, and the university’s famous Botanical Gardens. Or, if you just want to soak in the city’s atmosphere, sit outside a cafe and watch the world go by!


Santarem to Coimbra Elevation


How to Get There

Getting to Santarem, Portugal

It is best to fly to Lisbon. Virtually every company flies to Lisbon. More info.

Fly into Lisbon

From Lisbon Airport several urban bus routes can bring you to the city centre. There are also shuttle buses. 

From Lisbon Airport, bus to Lisbon bus station. Then, several bus companies run to Santarem, many departures a day. There are also many train departures from Gare Oriente to Santarem all day long.

Getting home from Coimbra, Portugal

Fly from Lisbon

By bus, take a bus to Lisbon bus station (2h), regular departure all day long. There are also regular trains from Coimbra to Lisbon, all day long.

 



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