Portuguese Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
611.7 km
Duration
170:00h
Ascent
8042 m
Descent
7803 m
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Known as Caminho Português, the Portuguese Way of St. James leads the pilgrim from Lisbon through central and northern Portugal to Galicia and Santiago de Compostela.
The Portuguese Camino de Santiago de Compostela is the second most popular variant of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela after the Camino Francés. Nevertheless, the Caminho Português is still a largely unknown route, where the pilgrimage is less established than in the Meseta of Castile. This is certainly due to the fact that there are no pilgrims' hostels along most of the routes - from Lisbon to Porto. Here the pilgrim is dependent on hotels, guesthouses or camping sites.

The route begins in Lisbon and initially follows the largest river on the Iberian Peninsula, the Rio Tejo, upstream via Santarém to Vila Nova de Barquinha. Here we leave the river and continue our walk to Tomar. We cross the southern foothills of the Serra da Estrela and reach the old university town of Coimbra. From here we continue through undulating hills and many small towns and villages to Porto. Via Barcelos and Ponte de Lima, we finally reach the Portuguese-Spanish border at Valença. The first place in Spain is the town of Tui, which is also home to the first highly frequented mass pilgrim hostel. Past the Galician rias of Redondela and Pontevedra, we reach Santiago de Compostela at the end of the pilgrimage.

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Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
473 m
Lowest point
-1 m
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Start

Rossio in Lissabon (21 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
38.713700, -9.139520
UTM
29S 487870 4285015

Destination

Cathedral Santiago de Compostela

Turn-by-turn directions

  • stage 1: Lissabon - Alhandra (33 km)
  • stage 2: Alhandra - Azambuja (24 km)
  • stage 3: Azambuja - Santarém (32 km)
  • stage 4: Santarém - Golegã (30 km)
  • stage 5: Golegã - Tomar (22 km)
  • stage 6: Tomar - Alvaiazere (32 km)
  • stage 7: Alvaiazere - Rabaçal (33 km)
  • stage 8: Rabaçal - Cernache (18 km)
  • stage 9: Cernache - Mealhada (39 km)
  • stage 10: Mealhada - Águeda (31 km)
  • stage 11: Águeda - Albergaria a Velha (19 km)
  • stage 12: Albergaria a Velha - Oliveira de Azeméis (23 km)
  • stage 13: Oliveira de Azeméis - Grijó (33 km)
  • stage 14: Grijó - Porto (23 km)
  • stage 15: Porto - Rates (36 km)
  • stage 16: Rates - Barcelos (16 km)
  • stage 17: Barcelos - Ponte de Lima (33 km)
  • stage 18: Ponte de Lima - Rubiães (22 km)
  • stage 19: Rubiães - Valença (18 km)
  • stage 20: Valença- Redondela (31 km)
  • stage 21: Redondela - Pontevedra (16 km)
  • stage 22: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (21 km)
  • stage 23: Caldas de Reis - Padrón (19 km)
  • stage 24: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela (24 km)

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train, plane or bus to Lisbon

Getting there

A1 (Portugal) or A2 (Portugal) until its end in Lisbon

Parking

Parking facilities are available in Lisbon
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

trekking backpack (approx. 50 liters) with rain cover, comfortable and sturdy footwear, second pair of shoes/sandals if necessary, adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers, change of clothes, telescope sticks, sun and rain protection, snacks and drinking water, first aid kit, penknife, mobile phone, headlight, maps, travel documents, toilet bag and travel towel, travel detergent and clothesline, camping equipment if necessary (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment), hut equipment if necessary
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Updated: May 14, 2020

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