The Camino Portugues Central or Portuguese Camino is a fantastic route for pilgrims looking for a more rural experience on the Camino de Santiago. This Camino trail starts in Lisbon, Portugal’s dazzling capital and home to several UNESCO sites. It takes pilgrims across stunning countryside, villages, and towns such as Santarém, one of the last Moorish bastions in Portugal; Coimbra, famous for its 13th-century university; and gorgeous Porto with its colourful riverfront and home of Port wine.
This route to Santiago has traditionally been the route chosen by pilgrims coming from Portugal, particularly from Lisbon and Porto. On the Portuguese Camino, you will walk past terraced fields, lush forests, vineyards, and peaceful sleepy villages.
The Camino Portugues Central is following the central Portuguese Camino all the way to Santiago, unlike the Camino Portugues Coastal, which split from it in Porto and take the coast way from there.
The Camino Portugués is a great option for pilgrims looking for a more rural walking experience on the Camino de Santiago. It is the second most popular Camino route but it doesn’t get as many pilgrims as the famous Camino Frances.
The Camino Portugues Full Route takes just over 1 month to complete or you can start at any different points along the way.
The last 100km of the Camino Portugues route is the most popular section, with pilgrims starting their journey from Tui, Galicia, just across the Minho river from Portugal. Explore Tui’s beautiful old town, visit the hilltop cathedral and, if you have time before heading to Santiago, walk across the 19th century International Bridge to Valença do Minho, its Portuguese ‘twin’ town.
In order to get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago you will need to walk a minimum of 100kms into Santiago (we suggest starting in Tui) or cycle at least the last 200kms of the route (we suggest you start in Porto).
There are many routes you can take on the Camino Portugues and we are happy to help you decide on the best route for you.
This Camino takes walkers along old roads, across forests, fields, over medieval bridges, villages, towns, and historic cities, heading North to Santiago de Compostela.
Along the way, you will pass countless reminders of the Camino history such as shrines, churches, convents, and stone crosses and ‘petos de animas’, where the comforting image of Saint James is often present to guide pilgrims.
The small roads along the Portuguese Way make it one of the best Camino routes for cycling.