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The Camino Portugués

From Lisbon and Porto to Santiago - Central, Coastal and Spiritual caminos

The Portuguese Way (Camino Portugués) is a 620km long-distance route from Portugal's capital Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This guide splits the route into 25 stages with two coastal options, and takes in historic and religious sites and stunning scenery. With information on preparation, planning and accommodation.

Seasons
April to October, although summer can be very hot especially in the south between Lisbon and Porto. Winter is usually wet with limited accommodation options so call ahead for reservations.
Centres
Lisbon, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Vila do Conde, Barcelos, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Valenca, Tui, Pontevedra, Padron, Santiago de Compostela
Difficulty
Although a straightforward journey, at over 600km the Portugués Camino is a long walk requiring good general fitness. No specialist equipment is required
Must See
Four UNESCO World Heritage areas: Knights Templar Castle in Tomar, Coimbra University, and the old towns of Porto and Santiago. Roman roads, Roman Ruins of Conimbriga, ancient bridges, iron-age settlements, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Manueline and Baroque-style churches.

Contents
INTRODUCTION
St James and the beginnings of Santiago de Compostela
Portuguese history and the Camino
Choosing your Camino
Essential pilgrim information
Getting there and getting away
When to go
Accommodation
Food and drink
Useful information
Language
Preparation and training
What to take
Waymarking and GPS
Using this guide
Leave no trace
Central Camino
Stage 1 Lisbon to Alpriate
Stage 2 Alpriate to Vila Franca de Xira
Stage 3 Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja
Stage 4 Azambuja to Santarém
Stage 5 Santarém to Golegã
Stage 6 Golegã to Tomar
Stage 7 Tomar to Alvaiázere
Stage 8 Alvaiázere to Rabaçal
Stage 9 Rabaçal to Coimbra
Stage 10 Coimbra to Sernadelo
Stage 11 Sernadelo to Águeda
Stage 12 Águeda to Albergaria-a-Velha
Stage 13 Albergaria-a-Velha to São João da Madeira
Stage 14 São João da Madeira to Grijó
Stage 15 Grijó to Porto
Stage 16 Porto to Vairão
Stage 17 Vairão to Barcelos
Stage 18 Barcelos to Ponte de Lima
Stage 19 Ponte de Lima to Rubiães
Stage 20 Rubiães to Tui
Stage 21 Tui to Mos
Stage 23 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Stage 24 Caldas de Reis to Padrón
Stage 25 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela
Coastal Camino
Stage 1 Porto to Vila do Conde
Stage 1A Porto to Vila do Conde (via the Senda Litoral)
Stage 2 Vila do Conde to Esposende
Stage 3 Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Stage 4 Viana do Castelo to Caminha
Stage 5 Caminha to Mougás
Stage 6 Mougás to A Ramallosa
Stage 7 A Ramallosa to Vigo
Stage 8 Vigo to Redondela
Stages 9–12 See Central Camino Stages 22–25
Link routes
Link route 1 Vila do Conde to São Pedro de Rates
Link route 2 São Pedro de Rates to Esposende
Link route 3 Caminha to Tui
Spiritual Variant
Stage 1 Pontevedra to Armenteira
Stage 2 Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa
Stage 3 Vilanova de Arousa to Padrón

Appendix A Facilities tables
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Further reading

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