The Camino Portugués
From Lisbon to Porto
Pass straight through Daporta and at the first 4-way intersection (after passing through town) turn left onto a dirt road. The junction can be identified by the utility building with a blue door on your left. The path turns back on itself and climbs uphill before entering a cork plantation which...
Turn right at the church that looks like more of a mini-castle, leaving the main road for a smaller country lane.
You will pass the small hamlet of Oueteiro da Cotovia (it won’t feel like you left Cortiça) and at an intersection marked Outeirinho to the left, turn left.
A small town but with plenty of services, it is the first in a while that has suburban sprawl (however minor it is).
The detour turns left at the start of town and goes downhill to the main road, where it turns right. Two streets later it turns right and goes back up the hill where you...
The names of Alvaiázere, and Alvorge further along the camino (as well as a great deal of other words beginning with "al-", both derive from Arabic. In the case of Alvaiázere it derives from ‘the falconer’ and in the case of Alvorge it comes from ‘the tower’. Neither the falcons nor the tower...
There is a new development in Alvaiazere that requires a detour. It takes you a bit out of your way but has the benefit of taking you past everything you might need. See the map for an idea of how crooked the path through town is.
There are several roads out of town, but the camino is well marked. Still, pay close attention to the arrows and if you are a pre-dawn walker, you are advised to check it out in advance.
Leave town by way of the road in front of the church, turning right at a large palm tree.
Pass straight through Vendas. There are several signs leading you into it, but once you get there, they vanish or are poorly placed. Keep on straight through the hamlet, passing many houses in ruin. By the time you reach the top of the hill, you are at the end of town. From here the camino keeps...
Following the road for 100m to the first bend reveals several dirt tracks to the right and a broken camino sign. It is of the post-and-tile kind, and the tile has been removed. The desired track is the rightmost one.
You can alternatively take the road, which is marked with the old camino...
Pass straight through Venda do Negro, turning left at the fork in the road at the far end of town.
In town, turn Right on road that signs indicate Casal Maduros and Casal do Soeiro.
Pass straight through Casais Maduros.
Coming into town along the road is OK, but once you get there you will find that the arrows have been removed. Turn left after the church; the camino rejoins the trail in 20m and the country track resumes.
It is pleasant walking along these trails. When you emerge onto the main road, there is a sign on your left indicating Ansião and another on your right indicating Loagoa da Ameixieria.
The center of Ansião is still 1.3km away, turn left to get there, but read carefully the notes about...
Plenty of services in town, including the excellent Adega Tipica restaurant. The Solar da Rainha is just over the river crossing at the far end of town.
Where the camino arrives at the main road into Ansião it DOES NOT follow the road.
Instead, it turns left onto a side trail and bypasses the road traffic. The turn off is poorly marked but can be identified by the very small capilla that abuts the road.
The Ascension is celebrated on May 25th.
Leave town across the Puente de Cal, over the Rio Nabão (whose river-like qualities vary with the season).
The camino takes you through the outskirts of Ansião; passing some suburbs and a large soccer field. The signs are visible all the way to Bate Agua.
Accommodation in Ansião
Dr. Vitor Faveiro
Pensão Adega Tipica
Combatentes de Grande Guerra
Residential Nova Estrela
Doutor Vítor Faveiro
Solar da Rainha
Alto dos Pinherais
Hotel Ansiturismo & Spa
Jerónimo Soares Barbosa, 34
The camino in Bate Agua is marked in two directions: the old way along the road and the new way through country paths, much like the options when leaving Venda do Negro.
The preferred path is always the one that takes you away from motorized traffic. In Bate Agua, that means keeping on...
Gas station with café.
Avoid the temptation to follow other pilgrims that might be turning right at the large intersection in Venda do Brasil, faded arrows and older guidebooks describe that as the way. The safer and more pilgrim friendly option is to keep on straight past the gas station on your right-hand side....
A new albergue in town, located in the basement of the community center. ATM and mini market in the first square you get to. Friendly bar.
The tower which gives the town its name (from the Arabic Al Burj) is no more.
Facing the crucifix side of the church, turn right towards the main road (newly cobbled) and turn right onto that road. You should now have a large modern building on your left (the community center and albergue), and you will be going downhill. Continue to the first road and turn left there,...
This gravel path is part of an old Roman road, and the arrows have disappeared. Just keep on straight. When it arrives at a paved road, turn left. But DO NOT stay on this road all the way back to the N347. The arrow is gone, but when you get to a curve in the road, the track to the right is the...
Keep on the N347 out of town. This road leads directly to Rabaçal, but the camino enjoys a parallel path.
Just out of town turn right onto a track that is directly opposite the road towards Vale Florido. Shortly after turn left just before a cluster of buildings, and 150m later turn left...
There is a Roman Villa (what remains of one) to the north of town, if you are staying in town it makes for a good afternoon trip of about 800m each way.
There are no services along the next 11km to Conímbriga. Stock up in Rabaçal, the night before if you have to.
Keep on out of town along the road and turn right where indicated in the direction of the Castelo de Germanelo. A turn to the left appears 900m down this road. Turn there and follow a well-marked set of trails all the way to Zambujal.