- Experience a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the ever changing landscape
- Meeting your fellow pilgrims and sharing their stories
- Enjoying a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
- Sipping ruby port in the UNESCO heritage city of Porto
- Discovering the real Portugal as you head along its paths at your own pace
This section takes you from Coimbra up to the northern capital of Porto. During the course of the week you will walk through vineyards, valleys and woodlands as you head out towards the Atlantic coast before swinging round into the beautiful UNESCO city of Porto, where you might be tempted to try some of the famous local produce.
This stage is composed of rural walking, mainly on minor roads, through many small villages and hamlets. Cafes are scarce along this route, but there are many picnic stops. Mealhada is a small city with all services available. Also in Mealhada you can enjoy the famous platter which is roast suckling pig.
The terrain is mostly flat, and there are a few nice scenic spots to view along the way. You will be walking along a Roman Road for a section. You will also pass the beautiful Monastery of Grijo.
Day 1: Arrive Coimbra and overnight
Arrive early in Coimbra to give yourself time to explore this fascinating university city.
Day 2: Walk to Mealhada
Largely flat paths take you across river valleys to Mealhada, which was a major town in Roman times and now a famous wine growing area.
Day 3: Walk to Agueda
Continue through river valleys before entering some vineyards and woodland before arriving in the lively town of Agueda.
Day 4: Walk to Albergaria a Velha, transfer to Agueda
A peaceful walk today takes you through pine and eucalyptus woods today and over a beautiful stone bridge across the Rio Marnel. As there is no accommodation in Albergaria you will be transferred back to Agueda.
Day 5: Walk to Oliveira de Azemeis
Transfer back to Albergaria before your walk takes you through gradually more urbanised areas today, passing several river valleys.
Overnight: Oliveira de Azemeis
Day 6: Walk to Malaposta
A short section takes you towards Porto, with a brief overnight stop at Malaposta.
Day 7: Walk to Porto
The walk today is a long one into Porto, much of it accompanied by busy roads. However, a stop at the medieval monastery of Grijo is worth it for a welcome break before continuing to Porto.
Day 8: Onward Travel
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way home or to your next destination.
The accommodation is a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and family run guest houses. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food Your night at Albergaria a Velha does not include breakfast. 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.
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. There will always be 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
For this trip you are best to get return flights to Porto. 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 Coimbra from Porto, you can take a train with CP Rail which takes around an hour.
- 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 journey to and from Santa Maria de Feria to visit the town at the end of day 6.
- 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 on day 5 at Albergaria a Velha.
- Daily door to door baggage transfer.
- 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 between 22 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 path follows quiet country roads and woodland paths, 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, wooden posts and tracks are there to follow. There will always be other walkers around incase 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.
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.
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.