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Camino Portugués Lisbon to Santiago
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Highlights

  • Walk the full Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela
  • Discovering the historical towns that form the backbone of the route
  • Enjoying a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
  • Sipping ruby port in the UNESCO heritage city of Porto
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago

Walk the full Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, and enjoy a less travelled side of Portugal, but one which is no less inspiring and rich in cultural and architectural heritage.

From the smells of cooking from the Churrascaria, the swell of emotion from your first sight of Santiago de Compostela, and the warmth and friendliness of the local people, you can be sure that this Camino will make a lasting impression.

Stage 1: Lisbon to Santarém

This first stage is relatively flat and easy going apart from the short climb up to Santarém at the very end. Starting off in the vibrant city of Lisbon you walk north and eventually escape the urban sprawl to arrive in the ‘Garden of Portugal.’ For much of the stage you will be walking by the tranquil Tejo river with a few unavoidable sections of road walking until you arrive in the gothic city of Santarém.


Total Distance: 91km


Longest Day: 32km


Shortest Day: 13km


Stage 2: Santarém to Coimbra

The second stage of the Camino Portugués starts off with a day of relatively flat walking, but you are soon out amongst the rolling hills as the week progresses. This section has three of the most amazing cities on the trip, the gothic Santarém, the Templar city of Tomar and the beautiful University town of Coimbra. Following Roman roads and farm tracks through olive groves and the rolling serras (with a couple of steep climbs towards Coimbra!) this is a lovely section of the walk, giving you a true insight into country life in Portugal.


Total Distance: 152km


Longest Day: 31km


Shortest Day: 19km


Stage 3: Coimbra to Porto

The terrain changes again to much flatter ground on this section with a few sections of road walking. This is made up for by interludes through vineyards, valleys and woodlands. You can also enjoy highlights such as sampling the famous platter of roast suckling pig in Mealhada and the beautiful monastery of Grijo (a welcome distraction on the final long road section into Porto).  Finally arrive into the beautiful UNESCO city of Porto which simply bristles with life and perhaps sample some of the famous Port wine this area is so well known for!


Total Distance: 131km


Longest Day: 26km


Shortest Day: 17km


Stage 4: Porto to Tui

Heading out of bustling Porto is a bit of a maze of road walking and pavements and requires careful navigation as there are many different options.  However, this stage does start to get quieter after the first day and you soon return to rolling green hills and stretches of quiet coastline. As ever, the towns along the way are dotted with spectacular baroque churches and are rife with history. Highlights are the charming market town of Ponte da Lima in its beautiful riverside location, and the medieval town of Tui with its impressive Romanesque cathedral.


It is possible to take an alternative coastal route out of Porto before returning to the main “Caminho Central” at the end of the first day on this stage if you prefer to avoid some of the urban sprawl. However, for Camino “purists” it should be highlighted that this is not the historical Camino route which most people follow. You should let your Destination & Adventure Specialist know if you would like to take this option so we can arrange for some additional route notes for you.


Total Distance: 127km


Longest Day: 33km


Shortest Day: 17km


Stage 5: Tui to Santiago de Compostela

This section covers the last 100km of the route which is the minimum required to get your Compostela certificate in Santiago.sections of road walking close to the larger towns, there are lots of interludes through pine and eucalyptus forests. The excitement of nearing Santiago and the camaraderie with fellow pilgrims also adds to the enjoyment of this stage.  Other highlights include the coastal town of Arcade with its wonderful medieval bridge, and the lovely spa town of Caldas de Reis. Galicia welcomes you with its relaxed pace of life and draws you gradually towards your destination, the glorious Santiago de Compostela.


Total Distance: 110km


Longest Day: 23km


Shortest Day: 12km

Accommodation

The accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, guesthouses and larger hotels in the big cities. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.


Meals

A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.

How to Book

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Time of Year

The Camino Portugués is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year.  You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino Porugues is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 12-33km.


On the Camino Portuguese you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads (one third of the route) and close to the bigger towns and cities, some busier roads. It should be noted that on the section out of Porto there is a busy road network but there are some alternatives to avoid some of this.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections where there may be a choice of several different alternative routes, particularly in the latter half of the route from Porto to Santiago. Navigation can become trickier when leaving the busier cities and towns such as Lisbon, Porto and Tui and you will need to pay close attention to your route notes for these sections. We also provide a guidebook which can be very helpful to use at confusing intersections.There are usually other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag
will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so
that you only need to walk with a day pack. There is a supplement
applicable for solo walkers on baggage transfers due to the fact that
the transfer costs are usually shared.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town.  You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.


Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Lisbon

You can fly directly into Lisbon from the UK.


Easyjet fly from London Luton, Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh


Getting back from Santiago

You can fly directly from Santiago back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easyjet who fly direct to Gatwick.


Another good point to connect through to travel internationally is Paris. You can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers required as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Return travel to Spain/Portugal.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Breakfast in Albergaria a Velha and Azambuja.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Committing to the Portugués Camino is a big commitment and you will undoubtedly have a huge number of questions and queries. I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries.

I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries,alternatively I would strongly suggest you visit the Camino Forum or Camino de Santiago website which have a wealth of information on the Camino.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of  the Portugués Camino is between 12 and 33 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit

What type of trails does the Portugués Camino follow?

The path follows quiet country roads and woodland paths, you go through wooded valleys, follow gentle rivers and walk by the coast. Wooden posts with a yellow shell symbol show the way and yellow arrows painted on many walls, wooden posts and tracks are there to follow. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Portugués Camino is extremely popular.  Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfers are included. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. The maximum weight for a piece of luggage is 20kgs.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal will be more than happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

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5.0

Excellent Self Guided Camino Portugues Walk

By Serge

from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  • Great Accommodations
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    Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

    Our trip was without any major surprise. We received information and guide on time and all went well. On our 33 days trip only once a taxi driver was late for pick up (30 minutes)

     
    5.0

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    By The Westleys

    from Devon

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        Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

        We had a great time even the weather was kind. The walk is varied and interesting, we met lots of super people on the way and successfully reached Santiago. Thank you for setting up the holiday it made the experience very smooth. Please thank Tee Travel they were also excellent. the accommodation was varied which we enjoyed. We had one or two minor problems re baggage transfers and taxis but these were quickly resolved. All in all it was great so thank you very much. Myra and Richard Westlry

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Experience

        By john and sandra

        from New Zealand

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        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

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          Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

          1 Lisbon Hotel very good and excellent location. Two nights needed to unwind from flight from NZ and have enough time to take in the sights of Lisbon.
          2 After reading reviews of the first days walk of 26k through the city being hard ,we decided to catch the train to Santa Iria. We talked to other walkers later who had also indicated that catching the train was a good idea as walking on cobbles for that distance first day out was very hard on the feet and needed time to recover.
          3 We were keen to go to Fatima and found the best option was to catch a taxi from Golega and then a taxi back to Tomar. Im not sure what we missed on the walk from Golega to Tomar but we felt the visit to Fatima was well worth it. Would recommend as an option if it can be fitted in with the walking schedule.The other attraction to go to Fatima is from Tomar to Padron we kept seeing blue arrows for pilgrims going to Fatima and if we hadn't gone there it would have left a " should have gone there" feeling.
          4 All the hotel directions from Tee Travel were good except going into Tui . They should use the yellow arrows from the camino as they go right pass the hotel.
          5 All accommodation was excellent and well picked for each location,The extra days at some hotels and the taxi pickup and drop offs were well planed and were a welcome change from a new hotel every night.
          6 We hadn't realised it at the time of booking the trip with you but with all the accommodation organised for us ,it gave us time to really enjoy the countryside and the moment without having to think about where we were going to stay for the night.We would walk pass Alberques at 2pm and there were people queued up to get a bed.
          I would like to mention some of the more memorable accommodation:
          Casa De Alcacova amazing and the host fantastic

          Golega great atmosphere

          Paco Da Ega great History

          Padron It got a bad review but realistically it is the only practical hotel in town. The staff were very good , Sandra wasnt feeling the best so the guy in charge organised soup and was concerned that all was OK. The room was nice and comfortable, my only suggestion would be to buy 10lts of paint and paint the train station .

          Overall the accommodation was excellent and each day there was a new anticipation of what was around the corner and what the accommodation would be like.
          If you are a steadfast pilgrim or on holiday or a bit of both ,this is an excellent way to see Portugal. We don't speak any Portugese and even though the majority or people didn't speak English no problem , all the Portugese we had to deal with were very friendly understanding helpful and we felt totally comfortable.The John Briely book very good but don't rely on it totally as the route seems to change here and there for the better.
          I was a bit apprehensive doing this trip but it was well beyond our expectations

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A long walk

          By Sue the Marathon runner

          from Isle of Man

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          Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

          I had already used Macs Adventures for the Camino Frances in 2013 and was very happy with them and the organisation. Some of the accommodation was amazing, but some was boring or out of town and needs rethinking. I would use them again and recommend them to friends. Any small issues were very quickly sorted out locally. Great Camino but fewer pilgrims than on the Frances, so lonely at times especially south of Porto

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A fatastic holiday

          By Dave and Angela

          from Yorkshire

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            Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

            Very quiet up to Porto (only 4 other pilgrims) and still quieter than the Frances Camino after that. A walk of good variety with friendly people and great accommodation along the way. An highlight was the stay at Condeixa in the old templer building with its history which we were shown around by the friendly owner.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            More urban/industrial than expected

            By Wardsabroad

            from Cambridge UK

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            Pros

            • Great Accommodations
            • Surprising Wildlife

            Cons

            • Too Many Busy Roads

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            Comments about macs adventure Camino Portugués: Full Walk: Lisbon to Santiago:

            Whilst we expected that the Camino would take us through Lisbon's urban sprawl we had not expected that it would take 3 out of the 4 days. Much of the road walking was alongside trunk roads, with narrow pavements and terrifying junctions/roundabouts to negotiate. However there were also fascinating insights into Lisbon's culture and lovely walks through wetland areas. The accommodation was very different each night but always good. Mac's local agent, Tee Travel's info on getting from the Camino to the 1st night's hotel was woefully inadequate. Suggest that Tee Travel and/or Macs Adventures walks this section. Although we enjoyed the experience I suspect it would only appeal to some. I would be careful about which friends I recommended this to!

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