The Camino Portugués
From Lisbon to Porto
The way from Aguim to Anadia is well marked and clearly understood, with one exception: when nearing Anadia along the road, an electric pole on your left has some wiggly looking arrows which suggest that you jog left then right to go into the woods. This was once the way and will still get you...
If you wish to go into Anadia, go straight at the second roundabout mentioned above. The part of Anadia where you would find services is not directly on the camino. Otherwise, keep to the arrows into Arcos (2.2km from the sports complex).
Alfeolas has a nice bar. The town can be seen in two parts: the first is the old town and it leads into the newer modern half which is mostly commercial/industry.
The new half is divided by the busy-ish N235 that you must cross. Once across, turn left and walk through a walled residential area. Following the arrows will then lead you through a small industrial area.
The way is asphalt all the way to Avelãs. You will join a busy road for only a...
Most services are along the road at the start of town, opposite the church.
Leave town on the opposite side of the N1, turning left at the chapel with the bust of Henrique Maroues Moura. A maker here proclaims rather incorrectly that it is 303km to Santiago.
Between here and Aguada de Baixo is a string of hamlets (no service) and a chapel in São João da Azenha....
Several bars along the narrow road through town, and a pharmacy at the end near the church.
Keep on straight through. Along the way, you will cross several surface roads and under the highway. The going is along asphalt the whole way. You will also pass through the Barró Industrial Zone, which is 4.1km from Sardão.
Sardão is a short strip of road stuck between the river and the road; it has seen better days.
Once through cross the road towards a new pedestrian bridge. A second bridge brings you into Águeda.
Sardão is a short strip of road stuck between the river and the road; it has seen better days. Once through cross the road towards a new pedestrian bridge. A second bridge brings you into Águeda.
Plenty of services in town, but not quite as many accommodation options as you might expect. The albergue and Celeste are not centrally located. To get to them head straight up the hill from the end of the bridge passing the Parque Alta Vila along the way. The Parque is the best place in town...
Like Coimbra, you do not need to go into town and can instead turn left at the end of the bridge. The neighboring town is Paredes, which is residential. The going is uphill, and the residential areas continue beyond the railway crossing. There is a brief industrial stretch before crossing a busy...
Accommodation in Águeda
Albergue de Peregrinos Santo António de Águeda
Pensão O Ribeirinho
Vasco da Gama, 88
Águeda Hostel and Friends
José Maria Veloso, 8
Hotel Conde de Agueda ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Praça Conde de Águeda
A few bars in town, of them Pompeia has wifi. When walking through town, take note of the beautiful homes along this straight stretch of road, many of which are abandoned and in a state of slow decay.
At the far end of town, you will cross the N1 into Pedaçães.
The bridge over the river here is a beautiful sight in the early morning. It dates from Roman times and crosses a part of the river that has been turned into a small reservoir because of the N1. There are two small islands in the middle with picnic tables.
After crossing the bridge turn to your left and go back under the N1 into Lamas.
There is little of mention in Lamas but the view from the church, and the church itself, make the climb worthwhile.
The arrows at the end of Lamas are quite poor, and the old arrows can lead you on a needless hike to a washed-out bridge. After descending back to the level of the N1, turn right towards it. You will walk along it, sticking to the left-hand side, across the Rio Vouga.
On the far end of...
The bar and mini-market are one and the same, and on your right, as you pass through town.
At the end of town you enter the eucalyptus forests again on a wide track. It is a nice walk amongst the trees, and in 2.5km you will return to traffic in Asseilho. Cross over the A3 here and Albergaria-a-Velha is straight ahead but still over 4km away.
Plenty of places to eat, sleep and shop, and a few shaded parks to relax in.
The camino through town does not take you along the best path. The recommended route which allows you to see the city center continues straight from the roundabout.
Beyond Albergaria, the camino enters a forest. It emerges to the road a few times and leaves it a few more. The longest stretch of the road is the bit immediately following the Nossa Sra do Socorro (see statue below). The camino crosses railway upon entering Albergaria A Nova.
There is a bar with odd hours but a gas station with a small shop suitable for drinks in an emergency.
At the far end of town, just past two bus stops that face each other, leave the N1 to your left. From here you will remain on this side of the N1 until reaching Pinheiro da Bemposta. The way is nearly continuous development but no services. You will pass Laginhas, Escusa, and Coche. At Coche,...
The bar is in the main square, near one of the many covered crucifixes, or Cruzeiros, that appear along this way.
The camino crosses the N1 by way of an elevated pedestrian walkway and heads straight to Bemposta. There is a pharmacy in Pinheiro, but it is along the N1. To get there cross the walkway and then turn south. Otherwise, continue straight off the walkway.