Camino Portugués: Stage 3: Coimbra to Porto

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  • 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.

What To Expect

The Camino Portugués is a fantastic alternative to the well known Camino Frances, and is perfect if you want a route rich in culture as it passes through many historic villages, towns and historical cities. Much of the route follows the original Roman military road so you can expect some road walking but there are alternative routes which can be taken to avoid some of this and this is made up for by the vibrant interesting places you will pass by en-route.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth

Activity Level & 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

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.

Accommodations

The accommodation is a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and family-run guesthouses. 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.

Meals

A local breakfast is included each morning (except in Albergaria a Velha), 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.

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.

Included
  • Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • Taxi journey to and from Santa Maria de Feria to visit the town at the end of day 6.
  • 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 on day 5 at Albergaria a Velha.
Extras
  • 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

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

Luggage 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Coimbra and overnight Day 2: Walk to Mealhada 14.3 miles / 23 km Day 3: Walk to Agueda 16.8 miles / 27 km Day 4: Walk to Albergaria a Velha and transfer to Agueda 10.3 miles / 16.6 km Day 5: Transfer to Albergaria and Walk to Oliveira de Azemeis  13 miles / 21 km Day 6: Walk to Malaposta 10.7 miles / 17.3 km Day 7: Walk to Porto  20.2 miles / 32.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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