The Portuguese Way or Caminho Portugués #caminhoportugues is a fantastic route for pilgrims looking for a less travelled and more rural experience on the Camino de Santiago. This Camino route is the second most popular among pilgrims, after the famous and increasingly busier French Way.
The full Camino Portugués is a month-long journey, starting in Lisbon, Portugal’s dazzling capital and home of several UNESCO sites. From Lisbon, the Camino Portugués takes pilgrims across stunning countryside, villages and towns such as Santarém, one of the last Moorish bastions in Portugal; Coimbra, home to a UNESCO-listed 13th century university; and gorgeous Porto with its colourful river front and home of Port wine. Terraced fields, lush forests, vineyards and peaceful sleepy villages await on the Portuguese Way route of the Camino de Santiago.
Once you’ve crossed the 19th century International Bridge and River Minho, the natural border between Portugal and Spain, you will start the last stretch of your journey. Tui marks the last 100kms of the Camino coming from Portugal and is, therefore, a very popular starting point for pilgrims. Admiring the views from Tui’s hilltop cathedral, sampling oysters in Arcade, ‘gambling’ with the famous green peppers from Padrón and exploring the cobbled streets of Pontevedra’s old town… it is all part of your special journey to Santiago.
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- 30 days/ 29 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
- Split – 31 days/ 30 nights. This tour includes an extra walking day. You will stay in the village of Teo on your last night before reaching Santiago.
Soak in Lisbon's famous light and upbeat atmosphere
Taste one of Portugal's 365 cod dishes: bacalhau
Enjoy the views from Tui's Romanesque cathedral
Claim your Compostela certificate in Santiago
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How to Get There
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Lisbon Airport 6km: From Lisbon airport to you can take the metro or bus to the city centre. See www.toandfromtheairport.com for an overview. The bus no. 9 (Aerobus) links the airport with the city centre, see www.golisbon.com
Lisbon Airport 70km: There is a train connection from Santarém to Lisbon Oriente station, available regularly (taking approx 35min). There is also a bus connection almost every 2 hours (taking approx. 1h). See www.rede-expressos.pt for bus and www.cp.pt for train connections.From Lisbon Oriente you can get to the airport on the city bus (no. 5). The bus no. 9 (Aerobus) also connects Lisbon city centre with the airport. See www.toandfromtheairport.com
Porto Airport 255km: There is a train between Santarém and Porto-Campanha (main train station) at least every 2 hours (travel time approx. 2h30). See www.cp.pt. There are also some daily buses but the connection quality differ (travel time between 3h15 and 5h30). See www.rede-expressos.pt.
The best way to get from Porto-Campanha or city centre to Porto airport is by metro. The purple line (line E) links them, every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.
Porto Airport 135km: The easiest way to get from Porto airport to Porto-Campanha station and city centre is by metro. The purple line (line E) links them every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.
From Porto-Campanha (main train station) you can take a train to Coimbra-b, there is one nearly every hour (1h travel time approx.). See www.cp.pt. There are also regular buses (1h30 travel time approx.). See www.rede-expressos.pt.
Lisbon Airport 195km: From Lisbon airport to the city centre or Lisbon Oriente station you can either take the city bus (no. 5) or the Aerobus (no. 9). See www.toandfromtheairport.com. From Lisbon Oriente station you can take a train to Coimbra, as there is one nearly every hour (taking 1h30-2h). There is also a bus every hour (taking 2h30). See www.rede-expressos.pt for bus and www.cp.pt for train connections.
Porto Airport 12km: The easiest way to get to Porto airport from the city is taking the metro (line E), departing every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.
Vigo Airport 25km: There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Vigo, with a travel time of approx. 40min. See www.renfe.com. There are also buses connecting Tui and Vigo, see: http://atsahorarios.com/. From Vigo train station (Estación de Ferrocarril), you can take a bus (C9A) to the airport. See www.aena-aeropuertos.es
Porto Airport 105km: You can take a train from Tui to Porto-Campanha (main train station) twice a day (travel time approx. 2h15). Valenca do Minho is only across the river from Tui (2km, a short taxi ride) and has regular trains to Porto. See schedule: www.cp.pt The easiest way to get to Porto airport from Porto-Campanha is by metro (purple line line E, every 5-9 minutes). See: www.metrodoporto.pt/en.
Santiago de Compostela Airport 110km: There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Santiago, one with a change in Vigo Guixar (departing close to noon), the other one with a change in Redondela (departing in the late evening). Both of them take approx. 2h30. See www.renfe.com.
There is a direct bus to Santiago bus station from Tui (4 per day) taking approximately 2 hours. See www.alsa.es for schedule.
From Santiago train station and bus station you can take the shuttle bus to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. See http://www.empresafreire.com.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.
Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).
A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.
Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.