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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
  • 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

This first stage of the Camino Portugués is relatively flat and easy going apart from the short climb up to Santarém at the very end of the section. 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 trip you will be walking by the tranquil Tejo river until you arrive in the gothic city of Santarém.

The starting point in Lisbon goes through Old Lisbon and winds along the Tejo River at the Parque das Nacoes, an old expo area that now serves as a major park destination for all of Lisbon.
Throughout this stage you will walk through flat agricultural land, here you will observe the Portuguese farming lifestyle. You will pass through vineyards, crop fields and farms. This trail gives one an insight into the suburban Portuguese way of living.

The Camino Portugués in general is quite flat and easy to navigate and with the route being a road less travelled, you will find it a lot quieter than the Camino Frances, but no less inspiring.

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: Onward Travel

After breakfast, check out and make your way home or onwards to your next destination.

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.


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.


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.


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.



From Santarém you are best to return to Lisbon by train with CP Rail


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

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 is not included on day 5

Extras

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

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

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of this stage of the Portugués Camino is between 23 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and five 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.

Please note on Stage 1 of the Camino Portugues and specifically from Lisbon to Alhanda you will be walking mainly on roads that have traffic (this is because you are walking from Lisbon centre to the outskirts) and from Alhanda to Santarem you will walk along country roads, paths, with a landscape of fields.

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.

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.

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