Camino Portugués: Stage 1: Lisbon to Santarém6 Days & 5 Nights
- Experiencing a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the ever changing landscape
- Basking in the beautiful historic buildings of Lisbon
- Seeing 'the real Portugal' as you travel at your own pace
- Meeting your fellow Pilgrims and sharing your stories
- Taking in the Gothic beauty of Santarém
What To Expect
Pilgrimages | For those looking to follow a path of self-discovery. Our Pilgrimage and Camino routes take you on a journey through diverse landscapes and local flavours, while meeting like-minded adventurers along the way.
Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Long-Distance Trails
Grade & Terrain
The Camino Portugues is graded moderate overall and involves daily walks of between 12-33km. It is suited to regular walkers who enjoy long-distance walking. You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads (one-third of the route) and closer to the bigger towns and cities, some busier roads. It should also be noted that on the section out of Porto there is a busy road network but there are some alternatives to avoid this. Much of this route is flat, but there are a few days that are long and some sections on cobbled pavements which can be tough so a good level of fitness is recommended.
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 and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which you can use to navigate. We strongly recommend using this App, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction. 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.
The accommodation is a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and family guest houses. 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. Please note that your accommodation in Santa Iria de Azoia is approx 3km from the route.
Solo Walkers & Single Rooms
The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.
A local breakfast is included each morning (except in Azambuja), which usually consists of coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.
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.
It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.
- Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
- Daily Baggage Transfers
- Transfers required as per itinerary.
- A detailed information pack, route notes, maps, GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App.
- Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
- 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 is not included in Azambuja
- Additional nights accommodation along the way.
When To Go
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 weather on the Camino Portugues can be quite varied as it passes through several different regions. We recommend walking between March and October to get the best weather for walking. July and August can be extremely busy on the Camino and very hot (temperatures have reached up to 40 degrees) so we tend to recommend avoiding these months. As some of the route passes close to the coast, this can cool down the temperatures but it can also cause storms and high winds.
Getting to the Start
You can fly into Lisbon from several airports in the UK, with several different carriers. From London, you can fly direct with TAP, British Airways, Easyjet and Thomson.
Getting from the End
From Santarém you are best to return to Lisbon by train with CP Rail
Baggage transfers are included (max 18kg 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.
At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase. Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person. It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.
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.
Pilgrim's Passport & Compostela
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.
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.
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.
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 20kg.
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.
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal/Spain will be more that happy to help.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Lisbon and overnight
The captivating capital city of Portugal is one of those cities you are sure to fall instantly in love with as you wander the old cobbled streets of the Alfama neighbourhood. Dine out on delicious street food at the famous Time Out food market, climb to the top of the city’s famous “seven hills” for panoramic views, or visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George’s Castle), with its amazing views over the Tegus River.
Opened in 1958, with a privileged location in the city center, this hotel has 350 rooms, totally renovated that bring together comfort and a good service. The emblematic Varanda de Lisboa restaurant overwhelms with its stunning view over the city offers a excellent Portuguese gastronomy.
Following the river out of Lisbon is a pleasant way to start your Camino Portugues before taking a quiet path through green valleys to Santa Iria de Azoia. Leaving cities on foot can be quite a challenge, however, in this case leaving Lisbon is easy as you head down to the estuary of the river.
Follow the river until you reach a tranquil green valley to the highest point of today's walk, at a mere 50 metres.
Ascent: 61m / Descent: 96m
This 4-star hotel is located in the northern metropolitan area of Lisbon. There is a restaurant with gardens and water feature, which serves traditional Portuguese cuisine. The rooms have air conditioning, WIFI, telephone, safe and minibar.
Following the river for most of today and along the River Tejo takes you to Vila Franca de Xira, home to an annual bull-fighting festival in July. Today's walk is relatively flat, taking you along the river and parallel to the busy N10. Be extra vigilant when heading through the industrial areas.
With modern architecture and decor the Leziria Parque Hotel has 103 rooms and an outdoor courtyard. Air conditioned rooms are equipped with large beds, and flat-screen TV with cable channels.
Continue to Azambuja, mostly on paved roads today. However, if you walk during the summer the wildflowers in the hedgerows are a nice distraction. Azambuja has it's own 'running of the bulls' event during the last week in May. Walk to Azambuja, mostly on paved roads today which runs parallel to or alongside the busy N-10 and the Rio Tejo.
Ascent: 25m / Descent: 28m
In Residencial Flor da Primavera each room is provided with air conditioning, TV, Internet and private WC.
Embark on a long walk today, taking you through the 'Garden of Portugal' and a short ascent up to Santarem.
Today's walk takes you across the flood plains and agricultural areas and you will be surrounded by crop fields and vineyards - a nice change to the more industrial previous few days. This area is known as the 'Garden of Portugal'. A final climb up a short hill takes you to Santarem, a beautiful historic city sitting on top of a fortified hilltop.
Ascent: 111m / Descent: 9m
The accommodation is located in an old manor house dating from the 17th century, and offers 8 rooms decorated with works of art, antiques, old linen and lace.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way home.
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