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Camino Portugués Lisbon to Santiago


  • Walk the full Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela
  • Discovering the historical towns that form the backbone of the route
  • Enjoying a Pastel de Nata and coffee in Coimbra
  • Sipping ruby port in the UNESCO heritage city of Porto
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago

Walk the full Camino Portugués from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, and enjoy a less travelled side of Portugal, but one which is no less inspiring and rich in cultural and architectural heritage.

From the smells of cooking from the Churrascaria, the swell of emotion from your first sight of Santiago de Compostela, and the warmth and friendliness of the local people, you can be sure that this Camino will make a lasting impression.

Please Note - Due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location in 2019. For more information please read our blog post - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration 2019

Stage 1: Lisbon to Santarém

This first stage is relatively flat and easy going apart from the short climb up to Santarém at the very end. 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 stage you will be walking by the tranquil Tejo river with a few unavoidable sections of road walking until you arrive in the gothic city of Santarém.

Total Distance: 91km

Longest Day: 32km

Shortest Day: 13km

Stage 2: Santarém to Coimbra

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 (with a couple of steep climbs towards Coimbra!) this is a lovely section of the walk, giving you a true insight into country life in Portugal.

Total Distance: 152km

Longest Day: 31km

Shortest Day: 19km

Stage 3: Coimbra to Porto

The terrain changes again to much flatter ground on this section with a few sections of road walking. This is made up for by interludes through vineyards, valleys and woodlands. You can also enjoy highlights such as sampling the famous platter of roast suckling pig in Mealhada and the beautiful monastery of Grijo (a welcome distraction on the final long road section into Porto).  Finally arrive into the beautiful UNESCO city of Porto which simply bristles with life and perhaps sample some of the famous Port wine this area is so well known for!

Total Distance: 131km

Longest Day: 26km

Shortest Day: 17km

Stage 4: Porto to Tui

Heading out of bustling Porto is a bit of a maze of road walking and pavements and requires careful navigation as there are many different options.  However, this stage does start to get quieter after the first day and you soon return to rolling green hills and stretches of quiet coastline. As ever, the towns along the way are dotted with spectacular baroque churches and are rife with history. Highlights are the charming market town of Ponte da Lima in its beautiful riverside location, and the medieval town of Tui with its impressive Romanesque cathedral.

It is possible to take an alternative coastal route out of Porto before returning to the main “Caminho Central” at the end of the first day on this stage if you prefer to avoid some of the urban sprawl. However, for Camino “purists” it should be highlighted that this is not the historical Camino route which most people follow. You should let your Destination & Adventure Specialist know if you would like to take this option so we can arrange for some additional route notes for you.

Total Distance: 127km

Longest Day: 33km

Shortest Day: 17km

Stage 5: Tui to Santiago de Compostela

This section covers the last 100km of the route which is the minimum required to get your Compostela certificate in Santiago.sections of road walking close to the larger towns, there are lots of interludes through pine and eucalyptus forests. The excitement of nearing Santiago and the camaraderie with fellow pilgrims also adds to the enjoyment of this stage.  Other highlights include the coastal town of Arcade with its wonderful medieval bridge, and the lovely spa town of Caldas de Reis. Galicia welcomes you with its relaxed pace of life and draws you gradually towards your destination, the glorious Santiago de Compostela.

Total Distance: 110km

Longest Day: 26km

Shortest Day: 12km


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.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.


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.

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 Porugues 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 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.

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.

Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

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.

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.

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

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 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 directly into Lisbon from the UK.

Easyjet fly from London Luton, Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh

Getting back from Santiago

You can fly directly from Santiago back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easyjet who fly direct to Gatwick.

Another good point to connect through to travel internationally is Paris. You can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.


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


  • 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 in Albergaria a Velha and Azambuja.


  • 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.

I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries,alternatively I would strongly suggest you visit the Camino Forum or Camino de Santiago website which have a wealth of information on the Camino.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of  the Portugués Camino is between 12 and 33 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and eight 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 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.

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.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their 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 than 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.

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