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Portuguese Way – Coimbra to Porto 3/5

Walking Section 3 of 5

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The third section of the Camino Portugués or Portuguese Way route of the Camino de Santiago takes pilgrims from the pretty and pocket-sized city of Coimbra, famous for its UNESCO-listed old university to colourful Porto, home of Port wine.

From Coimbra, the Portuguese Camino continues North towards the Atlantic coast and the superb city of Porto. On this part of the Caminho Portugués you will walk past vineyards and peaceful woodlands, crossing river valleys and following old Roman tracks at times. Pretty little villages and hamlets will welcome you on your way. Your final destination is the centre of Porto, a stunning and lively UNESCO World Heritage city. If you can, plan your trip to arrive in Porto in time for its traditional Sao Joao (Mid-Summer) celebrations.

Trip highlights

  • Feel like a student in Coimbra University, one of the oldest in the world!
  • Follow the Via XVI Roman track
  • Meander through the vineyards of Mealhada
  • Go wine tasting in Porto, home of Port wine

1 Coimbra

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Coimbra is a lively University city and former capital of Portugal. Before starting your Camino journey, make sure you visit its magnificently preserved Gothic cathedral and the university dating back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest in Europe. Coimbra’s University was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013.

2 Coimbra to Mealhada - 22km

6h | +235m / -279m
Your first day walking the Camino Portugués takes you along valleys and also some urban areas along a relatively flat trail. There is an initial climb as you leave Coimbra up to Cioga do Monte. Throughout the day you will see remains of the old Roman road. Your stop for the night is Mealhada, located in an area famous for its vineyards and wine making.

3 Mealhada to Águeda - 25km

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5h45 | +292m / -327m
Today the Camino trail takes you through more pretty vineyards on a fairly easy trail. The route will take you to the city of Avelas de Caminho, with a strong historic connection to the Camino de Santiago hence its name. Your stop for the night will be Águeda, on the banks of the Certima river.

4 Águeda to Albergaria A Velha - 16km

4h15 | +270m / -154m
Today’s Camino stage is relatively easy and short, with only one climb at the very end of your day. This particular section of the Camino follows the ancient Roman road known as ‘Via Romana XVI’, through eucalyptus and pine forests. You will also cross a lovely Roman bridge over the Rio Marnel on your way to Albergaria A Velha.

5 Albergaria A Velha to São João da Madeira - 29km

7h | +510m / -415m
From Albergaria A Velha, the Camino takes you across more woodlands and gradually into more urban areas, in the northern part of the Beira Coast. You will pass the lovely historic town of Oliveira de Azeméis, where you should visit the Matriz de São Miguel church. From here the Camino trail heads across rolling hills, with the climb to São João da Madeira being the highest point of the day, at 220m.

6 São João da Madeira to Grijó - 19km

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4h | +262m / -257m
Today’s stage of the Camino Portugués is relatively short and travels through urban areas but also follows a section of the original Roman road. You will pass the town of Arrifana with its distinctive blue church before making your way onto the preserved cobbled Roman road. The last stretch of the stage will take you gradually downhill by O Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó, dating back to the 13th century (here you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation for the night in Porto).

7 Grijó to Porto - 15km

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4h | +276m / -475m
In the morning, you will be transferred back to Grijó to continue your Camino. Today you will enjoy the refreshing breeze of the Atlantic Ocean as you make your way to Porto, world capital of Port wine. You will also follow another well-preserved Via Romana in Perosinho. You will then head to Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river Douro from Porto. Cross the fantastic Ponte Luiz I into Porto, to arrive in the historic city centre, a superb UNESCO World Heritage site.

8 Porto

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The old city centre of Porto has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. There is plenty to amaze you in Porto, from the colourful riverfront and the Douro river with its period Port wine boats, to the friendly locals and the tasty local cuisine. Did you know there are 365 cod dishes in Portugal? one for each day of the year.

Hotels and 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, comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

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.

Mealhada - 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.

Agueda - 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.

Albergaria a Velha - 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.

Sao Joao da Madeira - 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.

Porto - 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.

Coimbra Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Coimbra:
Best option: Porto airport (135km)
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.
Alternative option: Lisbon airport (195km)
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.
How to get back from Porto:
Best option: Porto airport (10km)
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. Seewww.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Coimbra:
From: 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.
From: 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.
How to get back from Porto:
To: Porto airport (10km)
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.

More Info on getting to Coimbra

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
    €925
    Double/Twin Room
    €746

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

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)