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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
  • Starting off in the Gothic City of Santarém
  • Enjoying a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
  • Discovering the ancient architecture of the Templar city of Tomar
  • Discovering the real Portugal as you walk its paths at your own pace

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 (hills) this is a truly spectacular section of the walk.

The Camino Portugués in general is quite flat and easy to navigate and with the route being a road less traveled, you will find it a lot quieter than the Camino Frances, but no less inspiring. You will pass Vineyards, crop fields and farms, along the way. This trail gives one an insight into the suburban Portuguese way of living. Also you will be walking through old country roads and past lovely small Hamlets. This section is very tranquil and you will certainly feel immersed in the countryside along this trail.

Day 1: Arrive Santarém and overnight

Santarém is a charming historic city located on top of a fortified hill. Make sure you arrive in time to explore its many historic monuments before settling in for the night.


Overnight: Santarém


Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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. In both Santarém, Golega and Tomar you will stay in a charming 4 star hotel with a pool. In Alvaizere you will stay in a lovely family run guest house, in Alvorge you will be staying in a family run rural house with pool, in Condeixa you will be staying in a charming hotel with pool and in Coimbra you will be staying in a 3 or 4 star hotel. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. Please also note that we have added on an extra 2km onto day 5 as your accommodation that night will be a further 2km walk from Alvorge. 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.

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 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


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.


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.


By Air:

To reach Santarém you are best flying into Lisbon. There are several carriers from the UK and you can fly direct from London with TAP, BA and Easyjet.



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 Lisbon from Santarém, simply take a bus with Rede Expressos

which takes around an hour.


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
  • Taxi transfers on day 6 and 7 to reach your Condeixa accommodation

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

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.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of this stage of the Portugués Camino is 25km 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. 

More specifically between Santarem and Golega you will walk along country roads and paths, between Golega and Condeixa there is a mix of country roads roads with traffic and between Condeixa and Coimbra there are mainly roads with traffic as you will be walking on the outskirts of Coimbra into the city.

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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