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Camino Portugués Tui to Santiago
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Highlights

  • Experiencing a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the ever changing landscape
  • Discovering the historical towns that form the backbone of the route
  • Enjoying a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
  • Losing yourself in the historical streets of Santarém
  • Finding the real Portugal as you wander it's paths at your own pace

Combining the first two sections of the Camino Portugués means that you are getting to visit many of Portugal’s most important, historic cities as well as walking through some of its most beautiful scenery through the ‘Garden of Portugal.’
The walking on these two sections is mainly flat, so you are able to cover a great deal of distance in a relatively short time.

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon and overnight

Arrive in the vibrant city of Lisbon and enjoy a hearty meal before setting off on your Camino.


Overnight: Lisbon



Day 2: Walk to Santa Iria de Azoia

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.


Walk: 26km


Overnight: Santa Iria de Azoia



Day 3: Walk to Vila Franca de Xira

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.


Walk:13km


Overnight: Vila Franca de Xira



Day 4: Walk to Azambuja

Continue to Azambuja, mostly on paved roads today. However, if you
walk during the summer the wild flowers in the hedgerows are a nice
distraction. Azambuja has it's own 'running of the bulls' event during
the last week in May.


Walk: 20km


Overnight: Azambuja



Day 5: Walk to Santarém

Today's walk takes you across the flood plains and agricultural areas
and you will be surrounded by cropfields and vineyards - a nice change
to the more industrial previous few days. This area is know 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.


Walk: 32km


Overnight: Santarem


Day 6: Walk to Golega

Follow quiet lanes and farm tracks alongside the river Tejo to
Golega, with its pretty central square and 14th century parish church.
Golega is also know as the 'horse capital of Portugal'.


Walk: 30km


Overnight: Golega


Day 7: Walk to Tomar

Today's walk takes you into the gentle rolling hills or 'Serras' and
passes several small villages. Tomar is a historic templar town and
offers a warm welcome to pilgrims. Be sure to explore the Templar
castle, Convent of Christ and Charold overlooking the town.


Walk: 30km


Overnight: Tomar


Day 8: Walk to Alvaiazere

A slighty more strenous day today takes you over the Serras to the
high point of Alvaiazere. You will be following roman roads and woodland
paths for the most part.


Walk: 31km


Overnight: Alvaiazere


Day 9: Walk to Alvorge

Continue through olive groves, crop fields and forested valleys, perhaps stopping for lunch in the town of Ansiao.


Walk: 23km (+2km to accommodation)


Overnight: Alvorge


Day 10: Walk to the ruins of Conimbriga, taxi transfer to Ega

Follow part of the original Roman road today to the famous Roman
ruins of Conimbriga. Conimbriga is the largest Roman settlement in
Portugal and the extensive site is well worth exploring. From here you
will phone a taxi which will take you to your accommodation in Ega.


Walk: 19km


Overnight: Ega


Day 11: Transfer back to Conimbriga, Walk to Coimbra

An early taxi transfer will take you back to Conimbriga, where you
continue your walk to Coimbra, a major Portugese university city. 


Walk: 19km


Overnight: Coimbra


Day 12: Onward Travel

Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way back home or to your next destination.

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. Please note that in Santa Iria de Azoia your accommdoation is approximately 3km from the route and in Alvorge the accommodation is approximately 2km from the path. In Azambuja the guesthouse does not offer breakfast.


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.

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.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

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


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.


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. This tour also has access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App - we highly recommend using it, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction.


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.


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

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 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.


On the return, you are best flying out of Porto. Again, this city is accessible directly from London and Manchester with Ryanair, Easyjet and TAP


To get to Porto from Coimbra, you can take a train with CP Rail which takes around an hour.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
  • Taxis to your accommdoation in Condeixa.

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.
  • No Breakfast day 4 in Azambuja

Extras

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

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.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of this stage of the Portugués Camino is between 24 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and six 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 paths generally follow quiet country roads and woodland pathsand 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 and tracks are also there to guie you. There will always be other walkers around just 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.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there 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 that 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. 

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.

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. We would definitely recommend an extra night or 2 in Santiago to attend Pilgrims Mass and walk about this beautiful city.

Fewer Nights

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

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.

I would not walk the Lisbon to Porto again.

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The Walk was very well organized and planned out for me. And the hotel accommodations were really, really good. The one drawback with regard to hotels was that they were difficult to find at the end of a long day's walk, even with directions provided. This was primarily due to the hotels not being close to or next to the Camino. One hotel was 2.5 miles from the Camino; another 1.5 miles. Not convenient at all. And this Walk was completely different from the Camino Frances which I completed in 2018 where there are many more pilgrims. And the pueblos along the Camino Frances depend on pilgrims for their livelihood, many of them. The Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Porto is not like that. And I would assume that is why the hotels are not near the Camino itself. In 17 days of walking, I saw a total of 40 pilgrims. At one point, two days in a row, I saw none. Now I knew this Walk was going to be different and less travelled than Camino Frances, but had no idea it was this sparsely walked by pilgrims. I don't mind some solitude, but for 17 straight days, I needed a bit more companionship from others around the globe. That part of the Camino experience is to me what it's all about. Now I do understand that it's not the same for everyone; this is just me. I enjoyed the walking, the countryside, the Portuguese people. I only wish I had seen more pilgrims.

Mac

Lexington,Virginia

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