What is the Portuguese Way?

portugueseway-caminoways-porto-riverfrontThe Camino Portugués, or Portuguese Way to Santiago, is a great option for pilgrims looking for a more rural walking experience on the Camino de Santiago, as it is not as busy or popular as the French Way.  This route to Santiago has been traditionally the route chosen by pilgrims coming from Portugal, particularly from Lisbon and Porto, as those two cities are two of the main stages of the trail.

This trail takes walkers along old roads across forests, fields, villages, towns and historical cities on its wandering way heading North to Santiago de Compostela. The roads cross rivers and streams over beautiful medieval bridges. Along the way, you will pass countless signs of the Camino’s history, such as shrines, churches, convents and stone crosses, where the comforting image of Saint James is often present accompanying the pilgrim. The small roads along the Portuguese Way make it one the best Camino routes for cycling.



Portuguese Way Itinerary

This is the complete itinerary for the Camino Portuguese Way (or Camino Portugués), with traditional stages. Please note that “splits” have not been included in the table.

Sections Town Km Section Summary
Section 1 Lisboa
Santa Iria de Azoia 26 The Portuguese Way starts in Lisbon, the Portugal’s chic and buzzing capital on the Atlantic, also home to several UNESCO sites. Heading North towards Santarem, this first stage quickly leaves the urban landscape behind for the quiet farmland of the area known as ‘the Garden of Portugal’. You will be travelling along the Tejo river valley along a trail that also doubles as the Caminho de Fatima. The final point is Santarem, one of the last Moorish bastions in Portugal, sitting on a hillside over the Tejo valley.
Vila franca de Xira 13
Azambuja 20
Section 2 Santarem 32
Golega 30 From Santarem, the Portuguese Way continues along the Tejo River, heading North-West towards Coimbra heading inland. This stretch of the trail passes by beautiful little villages, farmland and olive groves in the heart of Portugal, heading across woodland and forest before reaching the city of Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal. Coimbra, with its impressive 13th century university (one of the oldest), is the destination for this section.
Tomar 29
Alvaiazere 31
Ansiao 12
Condeixa a nova 32
Section 3 Coimbra 16
Mealhada 23 From Coimbra, the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago heads back towards the Atlantic coast with Porto as a destination. This section of the trail will take you across vineyards, valleys, woodlands and a stretch of Roman road to finish in the centre of Porto, where you can explore its UNESCO World Heritage city centre, stroll along the Riveira (riverfront) and taste some of the local delicacies, without forgetting about the city’s famous port wine.
Agueda 26
Albergaria a Velha 17
Sao Joao da madeira 29
Seixezelo 16
Section 4 Porto 19
Fajozes 23 The fourth stage begins in beautiful Porto and finishes in the border town of Tui, in Galicia. This section of the Camino passes through very different landscapes, leaving the Atlantic coast and heading to Santiago across the green countryside of northern Portugal. In this section you will also walk by many lovely little villages with magnificent chapels and churches and some Roman bridges. At the end of your trail, you will reach the Miño river and cross into Galicia to stop at Tui.
Arcos 11
Barcelos 20
Ponte de Lima 33
Rubiães 18
Section 5 Tui 20
O Porrino 16 The last 100km section of the Portuguese Way starts in the border town of Tui, with its pretty historic centre and fortress facing its counter-part in Portugal on the other side of the Miño river. This last section of the Portuguese Way to Santiago takes walkers across many wooded areas and small villages, but also reaches the coast in Arcade, famous for its oyster festival. Make sure you sample the Rías Baixas famous Albariño white wine. Another stop includes Padrón, home town of Galicia’s most famous poet: Rosalía de Castro.
Arcade 22
Pontevedra 11
Caldas de Reis 24
Padron 18
Santiago de C. 24

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  1. by Amina

    Hi Mark, How are you?
    We are not aware of a track that starts in Lagos. The routes from Lisbon to Porto is not well marked. If you know about the track that starts in Lagos, we are more than happy to look it up for you and provide you the info.

  2. by mark eagling

    Is it still possible to walk the camino portugues from Lagos?


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