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Camino Portugués Walking Holidays

Camino Portugués

  • Walk from Lisbon, the colourful capital city of Portugal to Santiago de Compostela
  • Discover historic towns forming the backbone of the route - Tomar, Pontevedra & Porto
  • Enjoy a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
  • Sip on a ruby port in the UNESCO Heritage City of Porto
  • Explore the traditional and authentic side of Portugal, off the beaten tourist path
  • The beautiful coastline of undiscovered Portugal on the Coastal Way

Walk to Santiago through a lesser travelled side of Portugal, on the Camino Portugués, an alternative Camino to the more renowned Camino Frances through Spain. Beginning in Lisbon, the Portuguese Camino is a route rich in cultural and archaeological heritage. Experience the warmth of the local people, vibrant historic towns and numerous UNESCO sites.

Since 2008, Macs Adventure has been helping pilgrims walk this trip of a lifetime.  Whether you are looking to walk the final section to Santiago, or take on the full journey from Lisbon to Santiago, we have you covered, so all you need to do is pick your route and let us take care of everything else.

The Camino Portuguese can be walked in its entirety on the full itinerary, or we also offer it in stages from Porto onwards. For the final two stages from Porto, you can either walk the Traditional Route or the scenic Coastal Way. If you have already completed the Camino Frances, you could experience this alternative pilgrimage whilst collecting a whole new set of stamps for your pilgrim's passport!

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  • Why Choose Macs Adventure to Book your Camino Portugués?

    Macs Adventure has been running self guided pilgrimages on the Camino Portugués since 2010.  As soon as we established the Camino Frances, we knew this incredible walking experience could be replicated with different landscape, cultures and flavours, so the Camino Portugués was the natural next step. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 350 Pilgrims every year on the Portuguese Camino, each of them finding their own adventure on this spiritual route. We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and to take the Camino at your own pace. 

    We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale and we quickly realised how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that our ground team are outstanding and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a tried and tested Camino experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We transfer your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and unique cities of this less-travelled part of Portugal. No hostels, no shared dorms, no heavy bags on your back, no rushing along to secure your bed for the night.  You can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides, comprehensive videos and a host of staff with their own Compostela certificate, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love the Camino Portugués and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

    Why Choose Macs Adventure to Book your Camino Portugués?
  • Five Reasons to walk the Camino Portugués

    1. The Cities - It is difficult to think of another walking holiday where you encounter such amazing cities on the one route.  Each is entirely different, with their own look and feel, each is bursting with local colour and specialities and all are a joy to visit. Lisbon, the capital is full of antique trams, crumbling beauty and tiny, vibrant food joints. Tomar is all history, bursting with a glorious past. Coimbra is an ancient seat of knowledge, full of students and intensely good pastries! Porto is constantly regenerating, keeping strong ties to its people and history and Santiago is glorious, all the more so for having walked to get there. 

    2. The Food - Portugal is unique in its gastronomy. In general, there is a rustic feel to the food of Portugal with stews and simple grilled fish and meats commonplace, however, these are elevated by the amount of flavour and skill of cooking involved.  While not massively famous for barbequed food, Portugal is the master of this culinary art, bringing so much much flavour and a weirdly delicate touch to its fish. There are pastries that you will dream of afterwords, wine that never leaves the country that is silky smooth and packed with flavour.  

    3. The Peace - The Camino Frances through Spain is the main artery for all things Camino, and for good reason.  This is the classic pilgrimage and it draws people from all around the world.  The only downside to it is that it gets really busy, particularly on the final section.  Now, this is great in a way, because you meet so many people and it becomes a bit like a travelling festival, but if you want a quieter experience, the Camino Portugués is the way to go.  The final section from Tui to Santiago is every bit as pretty, just a lot more peaceful. 

    4. The People - The Portuguese welcome is warm yet understated. The passion and flair of the Spanish are there, but just not on display as much, however I have rarely encountered a more friendly, giving people than the Portuguese. On the Camino Portugués, I have been invited into strangers houses to share a meal and sample their home-grown wine. I have been driven to places that were out of the way, but entirely spectacular and I have been encouraged to sample different types of food with glee and gusto and each of these has been a memory that I will not lose.  Portuguese people seem in general to be lovely, but definitely try to learn some of the language, it goes a long way! 

    5. The Coast - Unlike the Camino de Santiago, there are two ways to walk the Camino Portugués.  Once you reach Porto, after the first three sections, you can choose to continue on the main route, or deviate and take the coastal route.  While both have their plus sides, the coastal route makes for a welcome change, in both scenery and cuisine.  This part of Portugal is very much untouched by tourism and it is a pleasure to walk along the wild Atlantic coast in perfect solitude and then feast on the bounties of the ocean at night.  


    Five Reasons to walk the Camino Portugués
  • Accommodation on the Camino - What to Expect

    Probably one of the most daunting prospects of planning any trip is finding the right places to stay! However, Macs Adventure takes this out of your hands when you book one of our Camino packages and book all your accommodation in advance for you, leaving you free to enjoy the walk! Here is what to expect from your accommodations on the way! 

    Variety - you can expect to be staying in a large variety of different types of accommodations on any of our Camino routes. This ranges from small family-run B&B's or "pensiones", to "casa rurales" which are refurbished country cottages,  to slightly larger hotels in the bigger cities and towns. Sometimes the smaller accomodations may be called "hostales" but please don't worry - this is not the typical bunk room you may expect in a hostel. You will always have your own private room and bathroom. We always aim to book you into the most personal and charming options available so that your experience is an authentic one. Staying in a variety of accommodation like this is all part of the experience, but it is important to keep this in mind to manage your expectations, as if you stay in a slightly fancier place one night, it may not always be the same the next night! 

    Air-Con? - generally, the smaller accommodations we use do not offer air-conditioning as they are in older buildings and of a more traditional style. Most of the time there will be some sort of fan in the room to cool you down during the hotter summer months!

    Breakfasts - again, the types of breakfast on offer at your accommodation vary hugely. One morning, you may find a true feast presented to you with everything from fresh pastries and bread to cooked eggs. Other mornings, you may find the selection slightly more limited with just bread and cheese on offer. Generally, when you have a long walking day ahead of you it's best not to fill up too much anyway, but you will soon become accustomed to the pilgrim way of life! 

    Upgrades - you may be surprised to learn that there are actually some very luxurious upgrade options available along the Camino which you may be tempted to upgrade to for a night or two! If this sounds like your idea of bliss, you may want even want to consider our Camino in Style tour which includes the finest boutique hotels and country manor houses (pazos). Otherwise, speak to us about perhaps upgrading to one of the famous Paradores, a range of state-owned hotels which are usually very luxurious and housed in old historical buildings. There are Paradors in several locations across the Camino routes. 

    Accommodation on the Camino - What to Expect

  • Which Camino Route is the one for you?

    There are loads of different routes to Santiago de Compostella. Some are quiet, some are wild, some are only a week long and some are overa month. In this video we discuss the various options open to you to help you figure out which of the Caminos is the right one for you, so that you can get your boots on and get walking, confident that you have chosen the Camino that suits you perfectly.

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  • What is a Camino?

    The word Camino is one that you will have heard before, but what actually is a Camino and how is it different from a regular walking holiday? In this video we cover the history and some of the key facts of walking a Camino, so that you are clearer on what it involves and might fancy taking one on yourself.

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