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Portuguese Way – Santarém to Coimbra 2/5

Walking Section 2 of 5

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The second section of the Portuguese Way route of the Camino de Santiago starts in the picturesque hilltop town of Santarém and crosses the centre of Portugal towards Coimbra.This region of Portugal is soaked in history and tradition.

The Camino trail takes pilgrims through peaceful countryside and farmland, stopping in historic villages, towns and cities along the way. Your destination for this section is the pocket-sized city of Coimbra, home to Coimbra University, one of the oldest in the world and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013.

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy views of the Tejo Valley from Santarém's Sun Gates
  • Trace the steps of ancient pilgrims along old Roman roads
  • Feel like a student at Coimbra's University, one of the oldest in the world!
  • Taste Portugal's most classic dish: bacalhau

1 Santarém

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Your Camino journey starts in the town of Santarém, on a hillside over the Tejo valley. Santarém is an old moorish city of charming narrow cobbled streets. We recommend you visit the ‘Sun Gate’ (Puerta del Sol), a beautiful look-out point where you can watch the sun set and soak in the magnificent views.

2 Santarém to Golegã - 31km

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7h30 | +150m / -237m
Your first day on the Camino Portugués takes you out of Santarém along tranquil country lanes by the banks of the Río Tejo, as you head North-West. You will pass beautiful little villages and farmland, as well as many horses and bulls (the region is famous for horse and bull breeding). Today’s Camino stage is quite long but quite flat so it should be a relatively easy walking day.

3 Golegã to Tomar - 30km

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7h | +333m / -302m
Today you will leave the pretty little town of Golegã and head towards ‘Quinta da Cardiga’, one of the most beautiful manor houses in the country. From here you will continue through peaceful villages. nestled in between rolling hills. Your finishing point for the day is the centre of the historic city of Tomar, at the wonderful Praza da República.

4 Tomar to Alvaiázere - 31km

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8h | +716m / -457m
Today, you will enjoy a change of landscape as you travel through lovely woodland, valleys and along ancient Roman roads and farm tracks. Today’s walk is one of the most challenging on this section of the Camino however it is also very rewarding.

5 Alvaiázere to Ansião - 15km

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4h | +307m / -432m
The trail from Alvaiázere begins with a sharp climb, followed by a gradual descent. The rest of the day’s walk will take you over rolling hills and through olive groves and crop fields, on the way to today’s destination of Ansião.

6 Ansião to Condeixa A Nova - 30km

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8h | +435m / -517m
On your walk out of Ansião you will cross the 17th century bridge of Ponte da Cal as you make your way to Netos. There are lots of trees along today’s stage of the Camino, such as eucalyptus, pine and olive, offering plenty of opportunities for shade. Today’s stage finishes in Condeixa a Nova.

7 Condeixa A Nova to Coimbra - 19km

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5h | +330m / -402m
On this walking day you will pass beautiful countryside, dotted with vineyards, olive groves and forests. The final part of the stage takes you over the climb of Alto de Cruz de Mourocos, at 190m, before dropping down into Coimbra. Coimbra itself is a pretty and energetic city, with one of the oldest universities in Europe, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013.

8 Coimbra

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Coimbra is an energetic city, once the capital of Portugal. It is home to a magnificently preserved Gothic cathedral and an university from the 13th century, making it one of the oldest in the world. Coimbra’s University was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013. There are many things to see and do and as it is a university city, there is always some cultural events happening!

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

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.

Golega - 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.

Tomar - 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.

Alvaiazere - 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.

Ansião - 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.

Condeixa A Nova - Superior

Superior: On this particular town, our only choice is a Superior accommodation, due to lack of Standard accommodations. The Pousada de Vila Pouca da Beira is located in an old Convent dating back the 18th cent.

Coimbra - 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.

Santarém Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Coimbra Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Santarém:
Best option: Lisbon airport (70km)
Lisbon international airport is connected with many different destinations across the world. easyJet and TAP airlines fly from 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. Seewww.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Porto airport (255km)
Porto airport has many direct flights from Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights from New York (Newark) with TAP and from Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back from Coimbra:
Best option: Porto airport (135km)
Porto airport has many direct flights to Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights to New York (Newark) with TAP and Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Lisbon airport (195km)
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 to the UK: London (Luton and Gatwick), Liverpool and Edinburgh. Manchester has a direct connection to Lisbon with TAP Airlines. Aer Lingus offers flights to Dublin and Cork. SATA and TAP airlines offer some (mainly seasonal) transatlantic flights, including Miami, New York (Newark), Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. Seewww.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Santarém:
Best option: Lisbon airport (70km)
From Lisbon airport you can take a bus (number 5) to Oriente Station. Bus number 9 (Aerobus) also connects the airport and the city centre. See www.toandfromtheairport.com.
There is a regular train from Lisbon Oriente to Santarém (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.
Alternative option: Porto airport (255km)
From Porto airport you can take the metro: the purple line (line E) to the city centre, departing every 5-9 minutes, takes you all the way to Porto Campanha. See: http://www.metrodoporto.pt/en/.
There is a train connection between Porto-Campanha (main train station) and Santarém at least every 2 hours (travel time approx.2h30). See www.cp.pt. Some daily buses are also available, but the connection quality differ (travel time between 3h15 and 5h30). See www.rede-expressos.pt.

 

How to get back from Coimbra:
Best option: Porto airport (135km)
There is a train connection between Coimbra-b and Porto-Campanha (main train station) almost every hour (1h approx. travel time). See www.cp.pt. Regular buses are also available (1h30 approx. travel time). See www.rede-expressos.pt. The easiest way to reach Porto airport from Porto-Campanha or the city centre is by metro. The purple line (line E) links them every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.
Alternative option: Lisbon airport (195km)
There is a train from Coimbra to Lisbon Oriente every hour (taking 1h30-2h). There is also a bus connection at least hourly (taking 2h30). See www.rede-expressos.pt for bus and www.cp.pt for train connections. From the city centre you can take the city bus (no. 5) from Oriente station to the airport or the Aerobus (no. 9). See www.toandfromtheairport.com.

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

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  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)