Altitude: 
225
The Road: 

Bemposta represents a curious turn in the camino from what would be a natural course north. After crossing the N1, you climb to the historical center of town and then back down to the N1 by passing underneath a house (well marked). At the N1, you cross back over. The road turns right (now...

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Altitude: 
185
The Road: 

After the railway crossing, turn right at the first intersection. This road will take you upwards and over the highway at a large half-cloverleaf intersection. It then descends. At the first intersection turn right. 

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Altitude: 
100
Notice: 

There is nothing particularly tricky about this section, but the turn off only has one arrow and the camino path is an unlikely one. If you miss it and get to the junction with the busy N1, you have gone too far, but there are old arrows there which might convince you otherwise. RETRACE YOUR...

The Road: 

Carry on straight from here. The road ahead turns left at a railway, but cross those and continue up a cobbled stone path. Turn right at the top of that path.

From here it is straight, and uphill, all the way into Oliveira.

Altitude: 
205

The path through Oliveira is straight and straightforward. In front of the church is one of the original 200 or so granite camino markers that are common in Galicia. It too lacks the inlay to tell you how far the Apostle is.

Local holiday on the Monday that follows the second Sunday of August.

The feast day of La Salette is on the first Sunday in August and there is a celebration at the nearby shrine. As such, beds can be difficult to find.

The Road: 

The road between here and the Roman Ponte do Salgueiro is nothing short of boring. It is continuous development of both industry and housing. 

Accommodation in Oliveira de Azeméis

Bombeiro

1

AHBV Oliveira de Azeméis
Bombeiro
Bombeiros Voluntários
10 Donativo€ Photo in AHBV Oliveira de Azeméis on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

2

Pensão Anacleto
Pension
Dr. Antonio José Almeida, 310
Hotel

3

Hotel Dighton ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Largo da República
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Altitude: 
150
Altitude: 
115

From here, all the way to Porto and 20km beyond, is a nearly continuous stretch of developed land. There are a few exceptions through tranquil spaces, but those are the exception.

1.40km → Arrifana
Altitude: 
230

As with most large towns, the arrows and shells get a bit lost in all of the visual distractions.

The main square (the Praça Luís Ribeiro) is not a square at all but rather a large roundabout re-purposed for pedestrians. It is recognizable for the large column sculpture in the...

History: 

São João da Madeira’s growth at the end of the 19th century was the result of a single industrial effort, that of making hats. They were first made with felt, and later fur, and when hat wearing fell out of fashion the workers shifted to making shoes. It is now considered the capital of...

The Road: 

Leave town from the Praça Luís Ribeiro along the Rua Antonio Jose de Oliveira Junior.

It is more suburban walking from here to Arrifana.

Accommodation in São João da Madeira

Private

1

Solar São João
Private
Praça Luis Ribeiro, 165
20 22*€
Parochial

2

Santa Casa da Misericórdia
Parochial
Manuel Luis Leite Júnior, 777
Donativo€
Bombeiro

3

AHBV (Zona Industrial) São João da Madeira
Bombeiro
Oliveira Figueiredo
70 Donativo€
Hotel

4

Hotel AS São João Da Madeira ⭑⭑
Hotel
Praça Luis Ribeiro, 7

5

Central Suites Impacto
Hotel
António José de Oliveira Júnior, 54
5.80km → Malaposta
Altitude: 
245
The Road: 

From the church, the camino goes up the cobbled pedestrian path to the left. That path gives way to a road which can be followed through residential zones. In winding through these neighborhoods, you will cross over the N227 via a road bridge about 2.6km from Arrifana. From this crossing...

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2.90km → Ferradal
Altitude: 
305

In Malaposta You will walk along the modern Rua Estrada Romana, so named because this stretch (like a few before it) was once a Roman road. Where the paved road ends, a section of the original road still exists. It is beautiful, but the Romans have neglected its repair for some...

Accommodation in Malaposta

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4.40km → Vergada
Altitude: 
210

One bar along this residential strip. The camino passes straight through and eventually rejoins the N1 in Vergada.

Camino Portugues Map 12
Altitude: 
210

The village proper is located off of the camino; included for the beds available at the Bombeiros.

Accommodation in Lourosa

Bombeiro

1

AHBV Lourosa
Bombeiro
Principal 4030
100 Donativo€
4.10km → Grijó
Altitude: 
235
The Road: 

Vergada is strung along the N1. On its way out of town, the camino crosses the N1 at a 4-way intersection.

The stretch ahead has a few more quiet parts and passes underneath the A1 superhighway before arriving in Grijó.

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5.00km → Perosinho
Altitude: 
125

The natural setting surrounding Grijó is the prettiest for a long stretch, high walls and lots of well-shaded spaces. The Monastery here is a particularly pretty place for a rest.

Accommodation in Grijó

Parochial

1

Albergue São Salvador de Grijó
Parochial
Cardoso Pinto, 274
14 Donativo€
Pension

2

Pensão Sobreiro Grosso
Pension
Américo de Oliveira, 807
4.30km → Rechousa
Altitude: 
125
Altitude: 
155
1.70km → Porto
Altitude: 
105

Porto, just across the river, is famous for its Port wines. Vila Nova, on the other hand, is famous for the caves in which the wine is stored during its aging; most of the distillers offer tastings and tours. The municipal gardens here, the Jardim do Moro, are a good place...

The Road: 

Upon arriving in Vila Nova de Gaia you are presented with a large roundabout and tram terminal. Continue along the tram line; it is a straight walk all the way to Porto.

When you get to the end of town, the bridge over the Rio Douro has two crossings. The upper...

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2.10km → Cedofeita
Altitude: 
95

Porto is half the size of Lisbon, and twice as wonderful. It sits perched on the hillside on the north bank of the Rio Douro and has a historic center that would take two days minimum for only a casual stroll. If you plan on having a rest day, this is the town to do it in....

History: 

Porto has a nice nickname among Portuguese historians, who call it The Unvanquished City for having resisted the unlawful siege by King Miguel I. He wasn’t too keen on implementing the liberal constitution that was drafted after a local rebellion but after 18 months of...

Notice: 

Before you set off be certain to pick up a pilgrim’s credencial if you have not already done so. It can be found at the Sé Cathedral. This accordion-fold booklet is your passport to the camino and will become your most cherished souvenir of the trip. It is a required document in most pilgrim-...

The Road: 

THE WAYS AHEAD

Between Porto and the border with Spain, the camino splits into three distinct routes. They are known as the Central Way, the Coastal & Litoral Ways, and the Braga Way. Additionally, there are several paths that connect each of these options,...

Accommodation in Porto

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos Porto
Municipal
Barão de Forrester, 954
24 12€
Private

2

The Poets Inn
Private
Caldeireiros, 261
10 No dormitories€ Photo in The Poets Inn on the Camino de Santiago

3

Oporto Sport Hostel
Private
Santa Catarina, 313

4

Downtown Hostel
Private
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 66
37 15€ Photo in Downtown Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

5

Gallery Hostel
Private
Miguel Bombarda, 222
40 22*€ Photo in Gallery Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

6

Spot Hostel
Private
Gonçalo Cristovão, 12
42 17€ Photo in Spot Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

7

Porto Lounge Hostel
Private
Almada, 317
17*€ Photo in Porto Lounge Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

8

Tattva Design Hostel
Private
Cativo 26-28
116 15*€ Photo in Tattva Design Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

9

Albergue do Peregrino Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar
Parochial
Arcediago Vanzeller 50
12 23€
Association

10

Refúgio de Peregrinos ViaPortuscale
Association
Vasco Santana, 264
20 Donativo€
Bombeiro

11

AHBV Porto
Bombeiro
Rodrigues Sampaio, 153
2 Donativo€
Pension

12

Residencial Belo Sonho
Pension
Passos Manuel, 186
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Hostal

13

Antas Ville
Hostal
Vigorosa, 736
30 13€ Photo in Antas Ville on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

14

Hotel Peninsular
Hotel
Sá da Bandeira, 21

15

Hotel Universal ⭑⭑
Hotel
dos Aliados, 38
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16

Hotel do Norte ⭑⭑
Hotel
Fernandes Tomas, 579
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17

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Infante Dom Henrique, 1
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Closed

18

Andarilho Hostel
Closed
Firmeza, 364
40 15€ Photo in Andarilho Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

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