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Camino Portugues

Camino Portugues

620 km
27 stages on foot
620 cycling stages

In short

The Portuguese Way is the second most popular route of the Camino de Santiago. It enters Galicia from Portugal and runs parallel to the impressive Rías Baixas, from south to north. It is, therefore, smoother than the French Way, without its slopes, following one of the Roman roads that have been the backbone of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula since ancient times. It also offers the possibility of discovering Portugal, one of the most interesting European destinations, with two routes: inland or along the coast.

What to expect?

The Portuguese Way is the second most travelled route, both inland and along the coast. Although it starts in Lisbon at its longest stretch, few people start their journey before Porto, the large city in the north of Portugal, as the sections between these two Portuguese cities have fewer services for walkers. Porto is also the origin of the so-called Caminho da CostaThe coastal variant.

Following a south-north route, both routes allow you to enjoy some of the most interesting places in both Portugal and Galicia. The inland route enters Galicia through the border town of Tui, while the coastal route enters Galicia through the town of A Guarda. From these points, this Way runs through the most populated area of Galicia, the Rías Baixas, which means that it crosses several historic towns and cities, such as Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis or Padrón, also following the historic route of the Roman road XIX.

This route also has an important network of services, such as hostels and other types of accommodation, gastronomic options, refreshment services, etc. However, some people are put off by the fact that several sections of the route run along roads. It is true that they do not have much traffic, but walking on tarmac is not the same as walking on roads.

Even so, the Portuguese Way has attractions that compensate for the inconvenience. For starters, it is a simpler route than the French Way. And, in addition, it is not all asphalt! Far from it. Forests, small villages, manor houses and fortresses or panoramic views over the long Portuguese beaches and the jagged Galician estuaries are just some of the things you can find on this route. And that's not to mention the spectacular wines and delicious seafood cuisine. It's definitely worth it.

Where does it start?

As there are two different routes along most of the route, there is a double answer to this question.

If we opt for the Portuguese Way inland, the most common starting point for pilgrims on foot is the border town of Tui (115 km). But, of course, the temptation to walk through two countries is great, so many people start in Porto (224 km), which is also the most common starting point for cycling routes. Or in Ponte de Lima (145 km).

If you opt for the Portuguese Way along the coast, the most popular starting point is the seaside town of A Guarda (153 km), on the Galician-Portuguese border, or Baiona (122 km) or Vigo (100 km), depending on the days available. If you have more time, starting in Porto (267 km) is a perfect option.

Points of interest

In its more than 600 km of length, the Portuguese Way has countless points of interest. Here are some of the most outstanding ones:

  • The Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon
  • The Convent of Christ of Tomar
  • The monumental ensemble of Buçaco - Mealhada
  • The Torre dos Clérigos in Porto
  • The fortified cathedral of Tui
  • The historic centre of Pontevedra
  • The stone of the church of Santiago in Padrón
  • The collegiate church of Iria Flavia
  • The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela