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The first section of the Portuguese Way or Camino Portugués #caminhoportugues starts in bright and breezy Lisbon, Portugal’s dazzling capital by the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean.This Camino route, traditionally taken by Portuguese pilgrims heads North out of the city, towards Santarém. The trail starts off in a relatively urban area as it takes pilgrims out of the capital and gradually enters the farmlands of what is known as ‘the Garden of Portugal’. Along this section of the Portuguese Way, you will follow the Tejo River valley, walking a trail that is also part of the Caminho de Fátima, the pilgrimage route to Fátima.

Trip highlights

  • Soak in Lisbon's famous light and upbeat atmosphere
  • Treat yourself to the deliciously sweet 'Pastéis de Nata'
  • Meander through the farmlands of the 'Garden of Portugal'
  • Take in the views of the Tejo valley from Santarém's Sun Gate

1 Lisbon

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Lisbon is Portugal’s bright and dazzling city. Lisbon has a privileged location, where the River Tejo and the Atlantic Ocean join, so you can relax by the seaside and soak in the famous Lisbon ‘light’. The city is also home to beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and busy squares you can explore on foot or hopping on one of the city trams. Visit the São Jorge castle and if you get a chance head to Belém to see the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

2 Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia - 26km

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6h | +159m / -174m
Your walk on the Portuguese Way will take you out of Lisbon on the shortest stage of this section, following part of the famous Caminho de Fátima. As the trail follows the river Tejo through the Parque das Nações, it is quite an easy walk. From here you will soon enter the countryside by a lush valley. The change in landscape will make Lisbon seem like a distant memory!

3 Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira - 14km

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4h | +137m / -128m
Today you will leave Santa Iria de Azoia along an a trail gradually climbing before descending again into Póvoa de Santa Iria. From here, the Camino will take you along the River Tejo once again along a national road to beautiful Vila Franca de Xira, home to a famous bullfighting festival every year.

4 Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja - 19km

6h | +110m / -104m
From Vila Franca de Xira, the Camino continues through a region famous for bullfighting and horse breeding. The River Tejo continues to guide you, as you head inland to today’s destination: Azambuja. The town is famous for its bull run, taking place in the streets of town in May every year.

5 Azambuja to Santarém - 32km

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7h30 | +171m / -70m
Today’s walking day on the Camino will take yo through vineyards, orchards, groves and crop fields on your way to one of the highest points of the entire route: the town of Santarém. However at just 110 metres high this should not be too difficult. Admire the views from the town’s ‘Sun Gate’.

6 Santarém

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Santarém, end point for this section of the Portuguese Way, is an old Moorish city of narrow cobbled streets. We recommend you visit the ‘Sun Gate’ (Porta do Sol), a beautiful look-out point where you can watching the sun set and soak in the magnificent views.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Lisbon - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Santa Iria de Azoia - Superior

Superior: On this particular town, our only choice is a 4 stars hotel, due to lack of Standard accommodations. VIP Executive Santa Iria combines supreme service, comfort and hospitality to fit the executive’s class specific needs and provide unforgettable moments of leisure.

Vila Franca de Xira - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Azambuja - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Santarém - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Lisbon Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santarém Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Lisbon:
Best option: Lisbon airport (60km)
Lisbon international airport is connected with many different destinations across the world. easyJet and TAP airlines fly to the busiest airports in Europe. EasyJet, for example, offers many flights from the UK: London (Luton and Gatwick), Liverpool and Edinburgh. Manchester has a direct connection to Lisbon with TAP Airlines. Aer Lingus offers flights from Dublin and Cork. SATA and TAP airlines offer some (mainly seasonal) transatlantic flights, e.g. from Miami, New York (Newark), Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. See www.skyscanner.com.
Getting back from Santarém:
Best option: Lisbon airport (70km)
Alternative option: Porto airport (255km)
Porto airport offers flights to many airports all over Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool and Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from New York (Newark) and from Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Lisbon:
From: Lisbon airport (60km)
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.
Getting back from Santarém:
To: 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.
To: 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.

More Info on getting to Lisbon

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €679
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    €543

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3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful info

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)