Camino Portugués Lisbon to Porto | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Lisboa

Distance to Santiago: 
611.60
8.10km
Altitude: 
15

Lisbon is the largest city along the Camino Portugués and only a few others compare to its size and sprawl and splendor. The city itself is full of award winning hostels and countless hotels for you to spend your first night in.

By European standards, it is a small capital and is easy to get around thanks to a quality metro and tram system; but truth be told the best way is to set off on foot and explore. The exception to this would be to visit the Belém District (Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery) which is best reached by tram 15.

Knowing the basic topography of the city, and the names of the different neighborhoods will help you to navigate and choose accommodation. The three most important parts, from west to east, are the Barrio Alto, Baixo, and Alfama.

The Barrio Baixo (lower), recognizable for the grid-like pattern of roads which are the result of the city's redesign subsequent to the earthquake of 1755, sits nestled between the Alto and Alfama. It is pedestrian friendly and is chock full of small cafés and large public squares.

To the west, is the Alto where you will find the Basílica dos Mártires , one of two churches where you can pick up a last minute pilgrim credential.
To the east is the Alfama, dominated by the Castelo de São Jorge and location of the the Sé Cathedral (the other church which has credentials on hand) and the starting point of the Camino.

Fiesta: 

It is Saint Anthony of Padua that brings the Portugues out to the streets, every June on the 13th.

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 Basílica dos Mártires and 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-specific accommodation, earns you pilgrim prices in many museums, and will serve as proof of your journey when presented to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago if you are planning on getting your Compostela Certificate.

The Road: 

The way from the Sé Cathedral is straightforward and well-marked, with the first arrow being located on the lower right of the facade. Between here and the Parque you will pass a few notable waymarks, including the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. A large portion of this city walking can be eliminated by taking the metro to the Oriente Station located near the Parque; and from there it is also possible to take a commuter train to Sacavém, Santa Iria, Póvoa, Alverca, or Azambuja.

History: 

Lisbon has been a populated harbor since the Phoenician times, but it was the Romans that made the biggest impact. The area was incorporated into the Roman region of Lusitania, an area which covered the whole southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, following the defeat of Hannibal. The network of roads that connected it with the cities of Porto, Braga, Astorga, Lugo, and Mérida have been incorporated into new roads, and between here and Santiago there is an abundance of bridges and cobbled ways that harken back to the 1st century.

The Patron Saint of Lisbon is Saint Vincent of Saragossa, and although his remains are held in the Sé Cathedral you won't find that the Lisboetas do much for it. This is not the case in most places, where even a passing connection to a Saint merits a day of celebration and where the possession of relics merits several days of observation and festivities.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo: You will pass the museum on the way out of Lisbon just a few kilometers from the Sé Cathedral. The blue and white tiled art form, so very characteristic of Portugal, was brought here from Spain in the early 16th century. It was a style that originated with the Arab population of Sevilla as a way to imitate Roman mosaics, and to overcome the Moorish tradition that holds a fear of empty spaces. The Portugues did the same but quickly changed the mosaic patterns for more figurative themes which allowed them to use the tiles as pieces of a canvas which seem limited only by the size of the building on which they are placed. With the perfection of the technique, the styles represented followed closely the broader influences of the day and it is possible to find examples of the form from Rococo to Art Nouveau.

Photo in Lisboa on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Oasis Hostel
Santa Catarina, 24

Private
58 15
2 This is Lisbon Hostel
Costa do Castelo, 63

Private
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3 Lisbon Lounge Hostel
São Nicolau, 41

Private
32 25
4 Lisbon Poets Hostel
Nova da Trindade, 2

Private
52 20 Photo in Lisbon Poets Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
5 Living Lounge Hostel
Crucifixo, 116

Private
58 25
6 Pousada de Juventude Lisboa
Andrade Corvo, 46

Private
100 15/17 Photo in Pousada de Juventude Lisboa on the Camino de Santiago

Parque das Nações (Lisboa)

Distance to Santiago: 
603.60
4.40km
Altitude: 
30

Also known as Oriente, and home to Lisbon’s bus and rail stations, as well as the furthest metro stop near the camino.

As the name suggests, it is a large park and was the site of the 1998 Lisbon Expo. It remains a popular spot for locals and makes for the first green space to rest in since leaving Lisbon.

The park here is named after the river adjacent, the Tejo. In English, you have likely heard it as the Tagus, and it is the longest river on the Iberian peninsula. The name Tejo or derivations of it (Alentejo, Ribatejo, etc. ) will be repeated over the course of the next 50km.

There are plenty of services along this stretch through the Parque, but they are all located just off the camino to your left.

Between here and Azambuja the camino is largely through industrial areas and along the road. If you planned on skipping any part, turn left here towards the Oriente train station and grab the commuter train to Azambuja; it costs about 4€, runs every 30 minutes, and takes less than an hour.

The Road: 

Well marked but not much to look at, the camino turns inland at Sacavém. The park ends in a parking lot and follows a wide joggers path along the canal.

You will follow this canal inland, around a heavily developed hillside along the Rio Trancao, and then back to the Rio Tajo near Póvoa.

Photo in Parque das Nações (Lisboa) on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Pousada de Juventude
Moscavide, 47

Private
72 14
2 Hotel Ibis Lisboa Parque das Nações
Rua do Mar Vermelho

Hotel
3 Tryp Orient
Dom João II, 16

Hotel
4 Tivoli Oriente
Dom João II

Hotel

Sacavém

Distance to Santiago: 
599.10
8.20km
Altitude: 
10
The Road: 

To keep on the camino: Keep straight through the first roundabout and pass under the National highway and railroad trestle. At this point, the Sacavém Train Station and the Forte de Sacavém are on your left, though the latter might be confused for a scrubby hillside. The camino follows a cobbled pedestrian path alongside the river and through a few small green spaces. At the next intersection, turn right to cross the river.

NOTE: Once over the bridge, take an immediate left to leave the road for a path that follows along the river bank, do not follow along the road.

In a short distance, you will pass underneath the very high bridge that carries the A1 highway. Between here and Granja, you will keep the highway and hillside on your right and the river on your left. Apart from a Quinta in shambles, there is little on the trail.

History: 

Not to be confused as merely a suburb of Lisbon, the Sacavém coat of arms depicts a Roman bridge for good reason; the one they built here remained in use until the 17th century.

Granja

Distance to Santiago: 
591.00
1.40km
Altitude: 
15

The camino passes by the edge of Granja (on your left) without actually going in. You will know it for the industrial naves on your right-hand side.

Alpriate

Distance to Santiago: 
589.50
4.10km
Altitude: 
35
Notice: 

The camino, before entering Póvoa de Santa Iria, turns right and heads directly towards a tunnel that passes under the A1. DO NOT go through that tunnel. Instead, turn left and continue another 700m before turning right into a second tunnel. See caution symbol on the map above.

Name Beds Price
1 Albergue de Peregrinos de Alpriate
Largo de Alpriate, 13

Municipal
12 8

Póvoa de Santa Iria

Distance to Santiago: 
585.40
4.70km
Altitude: 
25

Póvoa de Santa Iria is a large town that the camino tries to unsuccessfully to avoid. There are services here but try to keep to the ones along the camino as the arrows are difficult enough to find without wandering off track.

The Road: 

After passing under the A1 a paved road leads you past a pair of small roundabouts before arriving at a large landscaped roundabout.

Keep to your right and take the second exit, putting you temporarily in the direction of Lisbon.

Less than 200m later, cross the road to your left along the Rua Alfonso de Albuquerque and over the railway.

Turn left again to proceed through 800m of an industrial park, at which point the road will end, and you can pick up a path all the way to Alverca.

Name Beds Price
1 AHBV Póvoa de Santa Iria
Dom Vicente Afonso Valente

Bombeiro
50 Donativo

Alverca do Ribatejo

Distance to Santiago: 
580.80
5.00km
Altitude: 
15
Notice: 

The expectation is that you walk on the left side of the road, against oncoming traffic. For this reason, the arrows are more abundant and easier to see from the left side of the road. Keep an eye out for them on traffic and electric posts.

The Road: 

When approaching Alverca, keep an eye out for the Air Museum on your right-hand side. Opposite it is the pedestrian bridge over the railway that you will need to cross over into town.

Follow the arrows and Fatima signs and to the N10. It is a busy road but with wide berms.

History: 

Alverca was the home of Portugal’s first International Airport until the 1940’s when Lisbon opened its replacement. To fill the void left by its departure, they built the Museu do Ar, which as aviation museums go ranks pretty high. It also has a stamp.

Alhandra

Distance to Santiago: 
575.90
3.80km
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

A new pedestrian path in Alhandra has replaced the camino proper, but some arrows and signs remain along the N10. These should be ignored in favor of the river path.

To get there turn right off the N10 and head into town. The path is easy enough to find at the end of town, and it follows the water to Vila Franca de Xira. Blue and Yellow arrows indicate the way.

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Name Beds Price
1 AHBV Alhandra
Vasco da Gama, 58

Bombeiro
10 Donativo Photo in AHBV Alhandra on the Camino de Santiago

Vila Franca de Xira

Distance to Santiago: 
571.90
7.30km
Altitude: 
15
Fiesta: 

Several bull running/fighting festivals are held in July and October.

The Road: 

The pedestrian path keeps along the Rio Tejo into Vila Franca de Xira. The bright yellow bull ring tells you that you have arrived. Unless you need to enter the town, keep along the path. Otherwise, yellow arrows at the bull ring will guide you into and then back out of town to rejoin the path.

The camino goes through the municipal gardens and then under the N10. From this point, the new camino might get confused with the old route. Shortly after the camino passes under the N10, it passes a small factory and then turns right. > By turning right the camino continues along a much quieter and safer path to Vala do Carragedo.

NOTE: The old arrows indicating the way over the busy road may still exist.

History: 

The town's name gives a bit of evidence to the claim that it was settled first by the French followers of Portugal’s first king.

Photo in Vila Franca de Xira on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Vila Franca de Xira on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Hotel Xira
Praia 2A

Hotel
19 20
2 Residencial Flora
Noel Perdigão, 6

Pension
44 28 Photo in Residencial Flora on the Camino de Santiago
3 Hostel DP - Suites & Apartments
António Palha, 2

Hostal
16 13
4 Estalagem Leziria
Barroca De Baixo, 17

Hotel
Photo in Estalagem Leziria  on the Camino de Santiago
5 Leziria Parque Hotel
Barranco de Cegos, 22

Hotel
Photo in Leziria Parque Hotel on the Camino de Santiago
6 Hospedaria Maioral
Travessa do Terreirinho, 2

Pension

Vala do Carregado

Distance to Santiago: 
564.50
4.90km
Altitude: 
140
The Road: 

The arrival to Carragado is marked by the train station. At the far edge of town the camino turns left, where the road meets the river. Follow the river 1km and then cross it via the new bridge.

From the bridge, it is 3.5km along a straight road to Vila Nova de Rainha.

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Vila Nova de Rainha

Distance to Santiago: 
559.70
6.80km
Altitude: 
20

No accommodation, but a pair of mini markets, a bar, a restaurant, and a panaderia.

The Road: 

The camino through town is brief and before long you are back on the N3 national road.

It is more road walking all the way to Azambuja. Remember to keep to the left side of the road.

Photo in Vila Nova de Rainha on the Camino de Santiago

Azambuja

Distance to Santiago: 
553.30
10.00km
Altitude: 
25

Azambuja is a medium sized town with all the necessary services. See the note on Parque das Nações for information about how to take the train directly to the station here.

The Road: 

Leaving town means another railway crossing. The arrows lead you to the train station, and an elevated pedestrian bridge (painted blue) gets you over the track and onto the first stretch of country walking for some time. You will be in flat farmland nearly the entire way to Santarém. A few villages and countless large Quintas can be found along the way.

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Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Pensão Jacinto
Campinos 3c

Pension
3 20
2 Casa do Alfaro
Quinta do Alfaro Norte

Pension
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3 Residencial Flor da Primavera
Conselheiro Arouca, 21

Pension
4 Abrigo do Peregrino da Sta. Casa da Misericórdia
Espírito Santo, 1

Parochial
12 Donativo
5 Ouro Hotel
E.N.3, Km 10

Hotel

Reguengo

Distance to Santiago: 
542.60
2.70km
Altitude: 
5

Not to be confused with Puente do Reguengo if you happen to have taken the train. There is a bar in town, the Cafe Campino.

The Road: 

At the start of town, the road ascends slightly to the top of the embankment that separates these lowlands from the nearby river. Follow the road.

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Valada

Distance to Santiago: 
539.80
3.70km
Altitude: 
5

Several bars and small shops, as well as a BP gas station (with overpriced food-like stuff) at the start of town.

The Road: 

Keep on the same course along the embankment to Porto Mugue.

Photo in Valada on the Camino de Santiago
Name
1 Casa Velha de Santo António
Santo António, 27

Pension

Porto Muge

Distance to Santiago: 
536.20
13.00km
Altitude: 
10

One bar and some picnic spots in town. Recognizable for the large bridge that crosses the river.
At the end of town, the paved road gives way to a rural farm road. It is a clear path all the way to Omnias.

Notice: 

Stock up on water here, 13+ km of nothing ahead!

Photo in Porto Muge on the Camino de Santiago
Name
1 Casa do Rio
Morgado, 2

Pension

Omnias

Distance to Santiago: 
522.70
2.50km
Altitude: 
10
The Road: 

Turn left to cross under the railway.

The climb ahead is a welcome change from so much flatness. Santarém is at the top. Turn right when you get to the main road in Santarém and continue straight until arriving at a large roundabout (actually a big oval). There are multiple routes through town.

Santarém

Distance to Santiago: 
520.00
2.70km
Altitude: 
115

Santarém boasts an incredible number of gothic churches, no small feat given that it has been struck by multiple earthquakes and a Napoleonic invasion. The best architectural examples (not all gothic) are the Sé Catedral, the Convento de São Francisco, the Igreja do Santissimo Milagre (itself a pilgrimage destination), the Torre das Cabaças (with the Time Museum), the Igreja de São João de Alporão (with an eccentric and empty tomb for the lost-in-battle Duarte de Meneses), and lastly the Porta do Sol and old Castle of Santarem which is now a city garden and the doorway out of the city along the camino.

Fiesta: 

São José is celebrated on the 19th of March.

The Road: 

The exit to town can be difficult to find via arrows and it is best to make your way to the Porta do Sol gardens that are part of the old Moorish castle.

As you approach the gardens, there is a small flight of steps on your left-hand side. Turn down those to a small square and the Puerta de Santiago is on your left. Pass through it and pick up a dirt trail that takes you around the old city walls and down to the village of Ribeira de Santarém.

History: 

Santarém, the Capital of the Portuguese Gothic, has been a favored city by rulers since Julius Caesar set up a military camp here in 61AD.

Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Casa das Flores
Pedro Canavarro, 9

Apartment
4 25
2 Pensão Coimbra
31 de Janeiro 42-46

Pension
4 15
3 Santarém Hostel
Eng. António Antunes Júnior, 26

Private
24 15 Photo in Santarém Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
4 Pensão de Dona Arminda
Travessa do Frois, 14

Pension
14 15
5 Albergue Sta Casa da Misericórdia
Largo Cândido dos Reis, 17

Parochial
6 5
6 Hotel Umu
Bernardo Santareno, 38

Hotel
7 Santarém Hotel
Madre Andaluz

Hotel

Ribeira de Santarém

Distance to Santiago: 
517.40
9.20km
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

After crossing the tracks in Ribeira de Santarém, the camino takes a few turns before arriving at the Puente de Alcorce.

Cross the bridge, and a short distance on keep right to follow the road. Exactly 1km later, turn left off of the road, and then right again 200m later. The camino takes a few turns but is well marked all the way to Vale de Figueira.

Photo in Ribeira de Santarém on the Camino de Santiago

Vale de Figueira

Distance to Santiago: 
508.10
12.00km
Altitude: 
45
The Road: 

Keep on the main road until turning right onto Rua do Sobaral (two streets past Church).

At the first three-way intersection (Y-shaped), keep left. At the next, keep right (with the forest on your right).

The markings from here to Azinhaga are confused and quite possibly misleading; mostly to do with uncertainty at a municipal level as to exactly where the camino should be, and also because frequent flooding in the area make the original way difficult. The arrows will always get you to Golegã, but there is a possibility that they take you through Pombalhino first.

Azinhaga

Distance to Santiago: 
495.80
7.20km
Altitude: 
20

The very literate looking bronze man in the square is Jose Saramago, the ‘98 Nobel-laureate and son of Azinhaga.

The Road: 

The camino follows the main road all the way to the end of town where there is a roundabout with a bullfighter statue in the center. Keep straight here, passing through Broa.

Turn right at the next T-intersection and follow the road all the way to Golegã.

Photo in Azinhaga on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Casa de Azzancha
Altos Montijos, 68

Private
5 20* Photo in Casa de Azzancha on the Camino de Santiago
2 Casa da Azinhaga
Rua da Misericórdia, 26

Casa Rural

Golegã

Distance to Santiago: 
488.60
5.60km
Altitude: 
25

The most prominent building in the center is the BIgreja Matriz, whose main portal is nothing short of spectacular.

Golegã is often considered the horse capital of Portugal and several tournaments are held here to celebrate the Lusitano horse.

WiFi is available in the café behind the church.

Fiesta: 

Two horse fairs are held every November.

Notice: 

When entering Golega, arrows indicate a right turn on the first street. DO NOT take that road. Instead, take the next. You will arrive in the same place (the main square and church), but you will get to see the impossibly beautiful building that is the Cphotography museum and studio of Carlos Revas.

The Road: 

There are confusing arrows leading you the wrong way out of town by way of Rua Dom Juan IV. Ignore these and instead find your way to the front of the church. Walk around it via the square with the bullfighter (your left). Turn left on that road, and then right again.

Follow the road all the way to, and through, an intersection with the N243.

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Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Hotel Lusitano
Gil Vicente, 4

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Lusitano on the Camino de Santiago
2 Casa da Tia Guida - Albergue Solo Duro
José Relvas, 86

Private
10 10* Photo in Casa da Tia Guida - Albergue Solo Duro on the Camino de Santiago
3 Hostal Restaurante O Té
José Relvas, 119

Hostal
4 Albergue das Ademas
Frederico Bonacho dos Anjos, 35

Private
12 12
5 Inn Golegã
Rafael da Cunha Franco, 17

Hostal
6 Casa do Largo
Largo 5 de Outubro, 15

Hostal

Quinta da Cardiga

Distance to Santiago: 
482.30
2.20km
Altitude: 
25

The Quinta is an abandoned palace that has been boarded up and left to be. Apart from the usual graffiti, it has gone untouched. With zero inhabitants this is an excellent spot to rest in the shade or explore a bit.

The Road: 

Leave town by passing over the bridge and turning left. The path with take you all the way to Vila Nova da Barquinha, passing the small hamlet of Pedregoso along the way.

Photo in Quinta da Cardiga on the Camino de Santiago

Vila Nova da Barquinha

Distance to Santiago: 
480.10
2.10km
Altitude: 
30

Services, but NOT on the camino. Nice historic quarter along the river and a suitable place to spend the night or even just the afternoon in the park. Turn right at the main road to get there.

Fiesta: 

Saint Anthony is celebrated on the 13th of June.

The Road: 

The camino crosses the main road and then crosses the railway before heading out of town. It does NOT enter the town.

After the tracks, keep mostly straight at the roundabout. The way is well marked.

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Name booking.com
1 Hostal Soltejo
N3, 2260

Hostal
2 Art Inn Barquinha
Largo do Primeiro de Dezembro 9

Hostal
3 Sonetos Do Tejo
Rua do Tejo 18

Hostal

Atalaia

Distance to Santiago: 
477.80
7.00km
Altitude: 
60

The bar is along the camino at the far end of town.

The Road: 

Keep on straight through town, following the road. It will veer to the right and begin a short climb to the church.

Keep on straight again beyond the church along the N110 but keep an eye open for where the camino departs from the road along a track through the forests on your right.

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Name booking.com
1 Casa do Patriarca
R. Patriarca Dom José, 134

Pension

Grou

Distance to Santiago: 
470.80
1.40km
Altitude: 
140

There appears to have been a trend for stylish modern churches some decades ago and Grou built a curious one of its own.

The Road: 

Keep on the country lane past the church. You will pass a dirt football pitch that has been re-purposed as an offroad track for dirt bikes, and the road will descend into Asseiceira.

Photo in Grou on the Camino de Santiago

Asseiceira

Distance to Santiago: 
469.40
10.00km
Altitude: 
92

Your choice of bars in town, and two small shops.

The Road: 

Keep on the paved road out of town, it will rejoin the N110. From here to Tomar things can get a bit hairy, so be on the lookout for arrows.

Stay on the N110 until the first roundabout at a point where it joins the larger A13; at this point you cross under the A13. Once on the other side, at the roundabout, the basic strategy is to keep straight on uphill (towards the "Zona Industrial") rather than turning right to stay on the N110 (though if you did that you would eventually arrive to Tomar, so don't fret). On your way up the road will level out and cross over the railway which parallels the N110 into Tomar.

Immediately after crossing the railway, look to your right for a dirt trail and when you spot it, turn right and follow it. At this point the railway is to your right, and beyond it is the N110. You will pass a few small hamlets strung along the road before rejoining the N110 into Tomar.

Photo in Asseiceira on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Asseiceira on the Camino de Santiago

Tomar

Distance to Santiago: 
459.30
7.60km
Altitude: 
55

Tomar is a large town with all services and plenty of accommodation options. It makes for a good stopping point and offers a full afternoon of exploring. A climb will get you to the Convento de Cristo, a 12th century Templar castle which is absolutely worth the visit. The other building of note is the Synagogue of Tomar, whose use as a Synagogue lasted from the early 15th century until the Jewish population was ‘recategorized’ as Christian at the end of the century. It was subsequently a prison, a Christian chapel, and a storage warehouse. It now functions as a Jewish museum and is one of a small number of pre-expulsion synagogues still in existence.

The Road: 

To leave town cross the river over the Marques do Pombal bridge (it is a single lane bridge with a pedestrian path, and you will be going against the car traffic). Turn left at the start of the Alameda, left again onto Joao dos Santos Simaos, and then right onto Avenida Doutor Egas Moniz.

Just past the bullring turn left and then right slightly. Not far ahead you will pass the very prison-like (literally and metaphorically) Infantry Barracks.

The road gives way to a country trail and in a short distance arrives at the locally renowned Puente de Peniche.

Keep straight at the junction after the bridge, and continue to cross under the IC9, keeping to your left after doing so. It is pleasant country roads through planted forests.

At the first paved intersection (a four-way intersection 3km after passing under the IC9), turn right onto the road. Follow it to the first fork and veer right into Casais.

History: 

Tomar has a rich history connected to the Knights Templar in Portugal. It was their order which saw the construction of the Convento do Cristo, though one suspects it didn’t get that exact name until the Templars were dissolved and the stronghold fell to the Knights of the Order of Christ. Both were military orders, and although the name of the order changed, many of the members did not. Both are buried in the Church of Santa Maria do Olival on the other side of the river.

Photo in Tomar on the Camino de Santiago
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Residencial União
Serpa Pinto, 94

Private
60 30* Photo in Residencial União on the Camino de Santiago
2 Hostel 2300 Thomar
Serpa Pinto, 43

Private
44 15 Photo in Hostel 2300 Thomar on the Camino de Santiago
3 Residencial Luz
Serpa Pinto, 144

Private
33 19 Photo in Residencial Luz on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Residencial Luz on the Camino de Santiago
4 AHBV Tomar
Santa Iria

Bombeiro
15 Donativo
5 Hotel Sinagoga
Gil Avo, 31

Hotel
6 Hotel dos Templários
Cândido dos Reis, 1

Hotel

Casais

Distance to Santiago: 
451.80
1.00km
Altitude: 
162
The Road: 

Keep on through town, turning left towards the church and curiously large cemetery and back onto the road into Soianda.

Photo in Casais on the Camino de Santiago

Soianda

Distance to Santiago: 
450.80
2.10km
Altitude: 
190
The Road: 

Passing through Soianda is a straight shot, with the only real choice of direction at the far end of town. Turn left when you get there.

There is a steep grade ahead, first down and then back up into Calvinos. The road signs indicate a 10% grade, so take your time and if you are out of breath by the end, it is to be expected.

Photo in Soianda on the Camino de Santiago

Calvinos

Distance to Santiago: 
448.50
1.30km
Altitude: 
208
The Road: 

Keep more or less straight into town, through an offset intersection.

Turn right at the next intersection to follow the primary road.

The next ‘square’ has a bar and a mini-market. Turn left there to leave the main road and head back into the countryside.

Freguesia de Alviobeira

Distance to Santiago: 
447.20
1.70km
Altitude: 
160
The Road: 

You will emerge into the minuscule Freguesia with its modern church.

Turn right before the church, and then left again and just like that you have left Freguesia behind. Quiet lanes will bring you to Ceras where you join the main road.

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Ceras

Distance to Santiago: 
445.90
3.10km
Altitude: 
185
The Road: 

The camino takes you mostly around Ceras, and as you approach the town, it will be on your right-hand side.

At the first T-intersection turn right (towards the main road) but left again on the first street. The idea here is to keep off the main road as much as possible and in 100m on you will have to turn right towards the road again.

Turn left onto the IC3 and follow it for 250m, at which point the camino leaves the road via a path on the right.

Once on that path, you will turn left to cross a stream and then turn right again, and at the next intersection turn right again to take you past a ranch; at this point, you will be walking away from the IC3 and back into the forest along a dirt path.

NOTE: The next intersection is poorly marked. 1.2km from the ranch the trail you want turns left at a fork and up to the ridge but is poorly indicated. If you get to a 4-way junction, you have gone too far. Fact: this is the eastern most point of the Camino.

Turn left up that trail and you will eventually pass through Portela de Vila Verde.

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Daporta

Distance to Santiago: 
440.10
6.60km
Altitude: 
215
The Road: 

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 transitions into a eucalyptus forest.

The forest is well marked and pleasant walking. It is about 2.6km before you arrive at the first large intersection with the main road. At this point, you are technically in Tojal, but there are no houses. Up the road on your right is a gas station.

Cross through this intersection and carry on straight in the direction of Alvaiázere (centro). You will be on a paved road all the way to Cortiça (3.2km), passing olive groves along the way.

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Cortiça

Distance to Santiago: 
433.50
6.20km
Altitude: 
240
The Road: 

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.

Pass through Outeirinho, turning right then immediately left again once you get there.

Then you will pass through Feteiras and Portela da Feteiras, all before arriving in Alvaiazere.

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Alvaiázere

Distance to Santiago: 
427.30
2.70km
Altitude: 
210

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 just came from. At the top it turns left at a new roundabout, following the yellow bike path. At the ‘lower’ part of town you will pass a cafe, restaurant, and minimarket.

Along the bike path at the "upper" prt of town you will find O’Bras, and at the end of the road is the church and albergue (with laundromat beneath) as well as a restaurant.

Notice: 

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.

The Road: 

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.

History: 

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 remain.

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Name Beds Price
1 AHBV Alvaiázere
Bombeiros Voluntários

Bombeiro
20 Donativo
2 Residencial O Brás
José Augusto Martins Rangel, 29

Private
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3 Albergaria Pinheiro's
Dr. Acúrcio Lopes, 1

Private
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Vendas

Distance to Santiago: 
423.40
3.00km
Altitude: 
450
The Road: 

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 to the right and down a path.

There are several turns before arriving in Venda do Negro, all well marked.

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Venda do Negro

Distance to Santiago: 
420.40
2.70km
Altitude: 
345
Notice: 

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 arrows to Gramatinha, and then to Casais Maduros.

The dirt track that you turned right on will take you to the road and to Casal do Soeiro. Several more arrows along the way are missing, but the way is clear when you remember that you should NOT walk on the road. Several pleasant tracks bypass the road all the way into town. On particularly wet or rainy days, there is no harm in sticking to the road so long as you mind the minor traffic.

The Road: 

Pass straight through Venda do Negro, turning left at the fork in the road at the far end of town.

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Gramatinha

Altitude: 
295

No services.

The Road: 

In town, turn Right on road that signs indicate Casal Maduros and Casal do Soeiro.

Casais Maduros

Altitude: 
295
The Road: 

Pass straight through Casais Maduros.

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Casal do Soeiro

Distance to Santiago: 
417.80
3.50km
Altitude: 
355
Notice: 

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.

The Road: 

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 what to do next.

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Ansião

Distance to Santiago: 
414.40
2.00km
Altitude: 
205

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.

Fiesta: 

The Ascension is celebrated on May 25th.

Notice: 

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 Road: 

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.

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1 Solar da Rainha
Alto dos Pinherais

Hostal
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2 Pensão Adega Tipica
Combatentes de Grande Guerra

Pension
30 29
3 AHBV Ansião
Dr. Vitor Faveiro

Bombeiro
20 5
4 Residential Nova Estrela
Doutor Vítor Faveiro

Pension

Bate Agua

Distance to Santiago: 
412.30
1.90km
Altitude: 
230
The Road: 

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 straight when you get there (the other option being to turn left and follow the old arrows along the road into Netos; a viable option and perhaps the preferred one if there have been heavy rains). Arriving at the first fork, turn left and immediately left again onto a footpath. You will rejoin another small road in a short distance, turn right and follow the curve of the road but you don’t stay on it long so keep an eye open for where the trail diverges again on your left. At the next intersection with a dirt track, turn left and then keep right at a fork a few meters on. This will bring you to a paved road where you turn left and walk into Netos.

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Netos

Distance to Santiago: 
410.40
2.30km
Altitude: 
250
The Road: 

Pass straight through town, turning left at the last house (see photo below).

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Venda do Brasil

Distance to Santiago: 
408.10
2.10km
Altitude: 
275

Gas station with café.

The Road: 

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.

150m beyond the gas station a gravel road marked Casais Granja takes you up uphill.

At the first fork keep right.
At the next T-intersection turn right.
At the next fork turn right.
And then shortly after turn left to go behind a house.

The camino rejoins the main road briefly, only to turn left off the road again.

This is the new camino, and it avoids both the road and the next town of Junqueira even more than the old camino. Shortly before arriving at Junqueira it turns off to the left once more and back onto a gravel track.

Junqueira

Distance to Santiago: 
406.00
1.60km
Altitude: 
255
Notice: 

The new camino does not enter Junqueira, but if you have arrived here via the road, turn sharply left at the start of town, at the small bus stop, and then right onto the first gravel path.

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Alvorge

Distance to Santiago: 
404.40
4.70km
Altitude: 
295

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 Road: 

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, downhill.

The camino will bring you to the N347, which you follow to the left for a very short distance.

It then turns right onto a gravel path.

History: 

The tower which gives the town its name (from the Arabic Al Burj) is no more.

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Name Price
1 Albergue de Peregrinos
Alto dos Pinherais

Parochial
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Ribeira de Alcalamouque

Distance to Santiago: 
400.00
3.70km
Altitude: 
200
Notice: 

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 one you want. That curve in the paved road is 300m from the visible N347, so if you get as far as the main road, you can either retrace your steps or walk the N347 into town.

The Road: 

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 once more.

You are now paralleling the N347 that you left just a short while ago and the trail will take you to Rabaçal.

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Rabaçal

Distance to Santiago: 
395.80
3.80km
Altitude: 
180

The nearby Roman Villa (north of town) are worth a visit, a journey of about 800m each way.

Notice: 

There are no services along the next 11km to Conímbriga. Stock up in Rabaçal, the night before if you have to.

The Road: 

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.

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Name Beds Price
1 Pousada do Rabaçal
Igreja

Municipal
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Zambujal

Distance to Santiago: 
392.10
2.20km
Altitude: 
175
The Road: 

Keep on the camino through Zambujal, with the church on your right. Shortly after at a fork, keep to your left. Keep on this trail, crossing the N347, and into Fonte Coberta.

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Fonte Coberta

Distance to Santiago: 
389.80
1.90km
Altitude: 
150
The Road: 

At the end of town the signage has been improved, and a picnic area has been built but the fountain has not been connected. Turn left here and onto a track to Poço.

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Poço

Distance to Santiago: 
388.00
3.20km
Altitude: 
140
The Road: 

Pass left through Poço and descend through the forested hillside all the way to the museum and ruins of Conímbriga.

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Conímbriga

Distance to Santiago: 
384.80
4.00km
Altitude: 
115

Conímbriga is not a town as much as it was a town; in fact, it was quite important to the Romans whose footprint still exists here.

Allow for some time to explore the museum, the only option for food or drink is in the visitor center.

The Road: 

Leave by way of the road that exits the site. Turn right at the first intersection, heading straight towards and underneath the highway.

Once past the highway, you will pass a series of hamlets (Valada, Atadoa, Orelhudo, Ribeira de Casconha, and Casconha) before crossing back over the highway and arriving in Cernache. Along the way, only Casconha has a bar.

Orelhudo

Distance to Santiago: 
380.80
2.10km
Altitude: 
95

At or around Orelhudo a new type of camino marker appears. They are beautiful but not bountiful, always appearing at the beginning and sometimes at the end of town but seldom in the middle. Arrows will keep you on the camino in between them.

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Cernache

Distance to Santiago: 
378.70
4.60km
Altitude: 
105
The Road: 

To leave town, continue along the road you came in on, past the church, to the roundabout with the clinica.

Turn right there and pass under the N1 highway. Turn left at the next main road and follow it to the town of Pousada. In Pousada turn right past the church and then left onto the dirt track. The dirt track continues quietly for 2km before arriving at a series of industrial buildings. Turn left at the bus stop, and head into Palheira.

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1 Albergue de Cernache
Álvaro Anes, 37

Municipal
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Palheira

Distance to Santiago: 
374.10
2.30km
Altitude: 
140

Bigger than the average village but with no services for pilgrims.

The Road: 

The way through town is well marked, as is the way out.

After crossing the N1 turn right, then left both times in the direction that takes you uphill. When you get to a T-intersection, take the steep path straight ahead, up to the Alto de Santa Clara.

Alto de Santa Clara

Distance to Santiago: 
371.80
3.30km
Altitude: 
205
The Road: 

Arrows lead you easily out of town, and steeply downhill to an intersection where you turn left to follow a road parallel and immediately adjacent to the highway. The camino crosses over the highway and passes underneath an arch of the Roman aqueduct. You will shortly come to the suburbs of Santa Clara.

At the large SANTA CLARA roundabout turn right. Stay on this road until the next roundabout, crossing it to exit the opposite side.

Stay on this road; it will curve slightly to the left. At the next intersection, turn left to leave the primary road for a secondary one. It will take you downhill past the church of Nuestra Senhora da Esperança and to the Albergue and Convent of Santa Clara (3.3 from the Alto de Santa Clara).

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Coimbra

Distance to Santiago: 
367.50
5.50km
Altitude: 
35

Coimbra is the third largest Portugues town along the camino and offers all services and numerous accommodation options, but no pilgrim specific albergues yet.

If you are not staying here, avoid the temptation to skip the route through town; a bit of exploring is in order. Afonso Henriques, first King of Portugal, was born here and is buried in the Monastery of Santa Cruz. The same is true for his eldest son Sancho I. It has two Cathedrals, distinguished with the names Sé Nova and Sé Velha. The Old is very Romanesque, and the New is Baroque and Mannerist and adorned with statues of St. Ignatius, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Francis Xavier and St. Francis of Borja. The Saints were placed by the Jesuits who built (started) the church, but once they were expelled from Portugal it became the Cathedral and was completed with Peter and Paul getting top billing.

Fiesta: 

Fireworks on the 4th of July, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth of Portugal.

The Road: 

If you are keen to pass through Coimbra, turn left after crossing the bridge and begin following the river walk. It will pass underneath the highway and then turn right to parallel a canal (on your left).

Stay on this paved road through a roundabout and soon you will have a different canal on your right. It remains a straight road until just before Adémia da Baixo, where it turns left. Cross the canal to the right into Adémia.

History: 

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the 12th and 13th centuries, it lost prominence to the port of Lisbon but gained instead the University of Coimbra which remains the oldest university in the Portugues speaking world.

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Antonio de Quental, 196

Private
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2 Serenata Hostel
Largo da Sé Velha 21-23

Private
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3 Pousada de Juventude Coimbra
Henriques Seco, 14

Private
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4 Sofia Chill House
Sofia, 56

Closed
21 15
5 Dream On Coimbra Hostel
D. Afonso Henriques, 31

Private
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6 Hotel Domus
Adelino Veiga, 62

Hotel
7 Hotel Astoria
Emídio Navarro, 21

Hotel
8 Hotel Avenida
Emídio Navarro, 37

Hotel
9 Hotel Jardim
Emídio Navarro, 65

Hotel
10 Hotel Ibis
Emídio Navarro, 70

Hotel

Adémia de Baixo

Distance to Santiago: 
361.90
2.10km
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

Cross the bridge over the canal which you have been walking along and you are in Adémia de Baixo.

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Fornos

Distance to Santiago: 
359.80
1.40km
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

In Fornos, keep to the left at the first fork (a big garage door with blue tiles above). Cross a roundabout and turn uphill all the way to Trouxemil, passing underneath the A1.

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1 Casa Morais
Rua Capela

Casa Rural

Trouxemil

Distance to Santiago: 
358.40
1.80km
Altitude: 
95
The Road: 

Pass straight through Trouxemil on the main road. The town is spread out along the road to Sargento Mor which is also spread out along the road. Continuous asphalt the whole way.

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Sargento Mor

Distance to Santiago: 
356.60
1.70km
Altitude: 
100

A bar and two mini markets along the main road. Follow it all the way to Barcouço (Santa Luzía on some maps).

The Road: 

The camino leaves the road at the start of town near the restaurant Manuel Julio.

Barcouço

Distance to Santiago: 
354.80
4.40km
Altitude: 
145
Notice: 

Be careful not to follow the old camino arrows which have you follow the N1.

The Road: 

Turn left off the N1 at the start of town. DO NOT stay on the road to Lendiosa.

The camino leaves the N1 and paved roads and into a eucalyptus forest. It will take you to Lendiosa by way of Mala.

When the camino emerges onto a paved road, follow the arrows to the right and into Mala.

Mala

Distance to Santiago: 
350.40
1.40km
Altitude: 
90

One cafe/bakery in town.

Lendiosa

Distance to Santiago: 
349.10
4.60km
Altitude: 
80
The Road: 

Turn right at the start of Lendiosa, at the bus stop. The arrows lead you to a road which ends into a trail. This trail will take you to the outskirts of Mealhada, via a roundabout with a statue of Bacchus seated atop a wine barrel.

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Mealhada

Distance to Santiago: 
344.40
1.70km
Altitude: 
55

Vegetarians avert your eyes, Mealhada is Portugal’s center of leitões (suckling pig).

The Road: 

The camino leaves town along the highway towards the suburb of Sernadelo where the private albergue is located. The arrow for the turn-off from the main road is not easy to see but can be recognized for the Restaurante Tipico with its massive awning.

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1 Hotel Restaurante Oasis
Floresta ,Nº39 (N1)

Hotel
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Alpalhão

Distance to Santiago: 
341.00
1.50km
Altitude: 
55

Follow the camino around the church and onto the road to Aguim.

Aguim

Distance to Santiago: 
339.50
4.20km
Altitude: 
70
The Road: 

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 there, but the official arrows point you straight along the road.

In either case, turn left when you get to another road some 400m from this confusing point. This will take you around the newly built sports complex. On the other end keep on the road; turning left at the first roundabout, left at the second roundabout, and right at the third; all are well marked.

Anadia

Distance to Santiago: 
336.20
0.90km
Altitude: 
45

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).

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1 Hotel Cabecinho
Eng. Tavares da Silva

Hotel
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Arcos

Distance to Santiago: 
335.30
0.90km
Altitude: 
35
The Road: 

The arrow through Arcos is at the base of the church. Turn right at the church, around a bend, then left. Alfeolas is near.

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1 Centro Social de São José de Cluny
São José de Cluny

Parochial
48 Donativo

Alfeolas

Distance to Santiago: 
334.50
3.60km
Altitude: 
40

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 Road: 

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 small stretch at the start of town.

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Avelãs do Caminho

Distance to Santiago: 
330.90
3.80km
Altitude: 
20

Most services are along the road at the start of town, opposite the church.

The Road: 

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.

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Aguada de Baixo

Distance to Santiago: 
327.00
6.60km
Altitude: 
35

Several bars along the narrow road through town, and a pharmacy at the end near the church.

The Road: 

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.

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Barró Industrial Zone

Distance to Santiago: 
324.50
4.00km
Altitude: 
45
The Road: 

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

Distance to Santiago: 
320.40
1.10km
Altitude: 
20

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.

The Road: 

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.

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Águeda

Distance to Santiago: 
319.40
4.60km
Altitude: 
35

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 for a rest.

The Road: 

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 road into Mourisca.

Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Albergue de Peregrinos Santo António de Águeda
Misericordia, 713

Private
13 12
2 Residencial Celeste
Estrada Nacional,1

Pension
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3 Hotel Conde de Agueda
Praça Conde de Águeda

Hotel
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4 Pensão O Ribeirinho
Vasco da Gama, 88

Pension

Mourisca

Distance to Santiago: 
314.90
2.80km
Altitude: 
80

A few bars in town, of them Pompeia has wifi.

There are a remarkable number of beautiful homes along this straight stretch of road, many of which are in a state of slow abandonment.

The Road: 

At the far end of town, you will cross the N1 into Pedaçães.

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Pedaçães

Distance to Santiago: 
312.10
800.00km
Altitude: 
80

Though you passed the sign for Pedaçães immediately after crossing the N1, the town itself is still 1km away. Straight ahead through residential areas.

The Road: 

At the end of town, it is downhill and back across the N1 to the Roman Puente de Marnel.

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Puente de Marnel

Distance to Santiago: 
311.30
0.45km
Altitude: 
10

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.

The Road: 

After crossing the bridge turn to your left and go back under the N1 into Lamas.

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Lamas do Vouga

Distance to Santiago: 
310.80
1.30km
Altitude: 
25

There is little of mention in Lamas but the view from the church, and the church itself, make the climb worthwhile.

Notice: 

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 bridge turn left into Lameiro.

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Lameiro

Distance to Santiago: 
309.60
1.40km
Altitude: 
30
The Road: 

Turn left into this hamlet after crossing the river along the N1. No services, just homes.

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Serém

Distance to Santiago: 
308.20
4.40km
Altitude: 
105

The bar and mini-market are one and the same, and on your right, as you pass through town.

The Road: 

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.

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Albergaria A Velha

Distance to Santiago: 
303.50
7.20km
Altitude: 
115

Plenty of places to eat, sleep and shop, and a few shaded parks to relax in.

Notice: 

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.

The Road: 

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.

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Name Beds Price
1 Albergue de Peregrinos Rainha D. Teresa
Bernardino Máximo de Albuquerque, 14

Association
20 8
2 Residencial da Alameda
Bernardino Máximo de Albuquerque

Pension
3 Pensão Restaurante Parentes
Doutor Brito Guimarães, 11

Pension

Albergaria A Nova

Distance to Santiago: 
296.40
5.20km
Altitude: 
150

There is a bar with odd hours but a gas station with a small shop suitable for drinks in an emergency.

The Road: 

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, you begin following along the railway on a small dirt path.

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Name Beds Price
1 Albergue Albergaria-a-Nova
Ic2, ao km 252,3 n°66

Private
20 10 Photo in Albergue Albergaria-a-Nova on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Albergaria-a-Nova on the Camino de Santiago

Pinheiro da Bemposta

Distance to Santiago: 
291.20
2.00km
Altitude: 
145

The bar is in the main square, near one of the many covered crucifixes, or Cruzeiros, that appear along this way.

The Road: 

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.

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Bemposta

Distance to Santiago: 
289.30
1.10km
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 heading north) and through a mixture of residential and industrial buildings in the area known as Besteiros/Travanca.

This area is heavily developed and although traffic is not excessive it is seldom aware of pilgrim traffic. Keep your wits about you.

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Besteiros - Travanca

Distance to Santiago: 
288.20
2.30km
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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Puente do Sr. da Pedra

Distance to Santiago: 
285.80
2.20km
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 STEPS, DO NOT FOLLOW THE ROAD.

The turn off is on your right, steeply up what might be considered the driveway to a house. Behind the house are the now familiar railway and the camino turns left to pass under the bridge. It follows the railway for a short distance before turning left onto a gravel track. This turn off is evident.

NOTE: This is an ACTIVE railway.

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.

Oliveira de Azeméis

Distance to Santiago: 
283.60
2.40km
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.

Fiesta: 

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 Puente do Salgueiro is nothing short of boring. It is continuous development of both industry and housing.

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Name Beds Price booking.com
1 AHBV Oliveira de Azeméis
Bombeiros Voluntários

Bombeiro
10 Donativo Photo in AHBV Oliveira de Azeméis on the Camino de Santiago
2 Hotel Dighton
Largo da República

Hotel
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3 Pensão Anacleto
Dr. Antonio José Almeida, 310

Pension

Puente do Salgueiro

Distance to Santiago: 
280.20
5.80km
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.

São João da Madeira

Distance to Santiago: 
274.40
1.40km
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 center; a monument celebrating the industry of São João.

The best museum in town and the only one of its kind on the Iberian peninsula is the Museu da Chapelaria (Hat Making Museum). It is on the way out of town, is quite poorly advertised and looks closed to the casual passerby. It is not, and you would be mad to miss it.

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.

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 shoes.

Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Solar São João
Praça Luis Ribeiro, 165

Private
20 22*
2 AHBV (Zona Industrial) São João da Madeira
Oliveira Figueiredo

Bombeiro
70 Donativo
3 Hotel A.S. Sao Joao
Praça Luis Ribeiro,7

Hotel
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4 Santa Casa da Misericórdia
Manuel Luis Leite Júnior, 777

Parochial
Donativo

Arrifana

Distance to Santiago: 
272.90
5.80km
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, there are another 3.2 to Malaposta. Along the way you follow the N1 for most of those kilometers, leaving it to your right at the start of Malaposta.

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Malaposta

Distance to Santiago: 
267.10
2.90km
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 time.

Keep on straight along the stretch of timeworn road and straight from it too.

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Name
1 Hotel Feira Pedra Bela
Malaposta, 50

Hotel

Ferradal

Distance to Santiago: 
264.50
4.40km
Altitude: 
210

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

Lourosa

Distance to Santiago: 
262.60
Altitude: 
210

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

Name Beds Price
1 AHBV Lourosa
Principal 4030

Bombeiro
100 Donativo

Vergada

Distance to Santiago: 
257.70
4.10km
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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Grijó

Distance to Santiago: 
255.70
5.00km
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.

Name Beds Price
1 Albergue São Salvador de Grijó
Cardoso Pinto, 274

Parochial
14 Donativo
2 Pensão Sobreiro Grosso
Américo de Oliveira, 807

Pension

Vila Nova de Gaia

Distance to Santiago: 
242.20
1.70km
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. The municipal gardens here, the Jardim do Moro, are a good place to rest before advancing into Porto.

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 crossing will take you to the Sé Cathedral in Porto, and the lower one will take you to the riverfront in Porto. It is advisable to check the location of your accommodation before choosing which way to go, as taking the lower route (which is the marked trail) will require you to make up the elevation difference later.

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Porto

Distance to Santiago: 
240.40
2.10km
5.70kms.
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. If you had not planned on a rest day but had a long walk into Porto keep in mind that they way out of town is an arduous one too.

In Porto the buildings to see are the Igreja do Sao Pedro dos Clerigos and it's adjoining tower (4€, but the view from the top is unparalleled and 360°; don't bring your backpack with you as the 200 steps to the top are a tight enough squeeze as it is), the Igreja do Carmo (unassuming from the outside but spectacular inside), and of course the Sé do Porto (the Cathedral of Porto is one of the oldest surviving building in the city).

If you entered town along the upper bridge crossing you will have missed the Cais da Ribeira, the riverside boardwalk popular with tourists and locals alike. Somewhat overpriced but the atmosphere makes up for it.

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-specific accommodation, earns you pilgrim prices in many museums, and will serve as proof of your journey when presented to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago if you are planning on getting your Compostela Certificate.

As large towns go, Porto is no different when it comes to finding the camino. In fact, it is complicated somewhat by the fact that there are three different caminos between here and Santiago, be aware that you may see signs indicating the ‘Coastal Route’ or the ‘Braga Route,’ or the ‘Central Route’; amongst others.

The Road: 

Between Porto and the border with Spain the camino splits into three distinct routes. They are known as the Central Way, The Coastal Way, and The Braga Way. Additionally, there are several paths that connect each of these options, creating a network of trails that can sometimes seem confusing. The best plan is to pick one of the options and simply follow it to its natural end.

THE CENTRAL WAY: The Central Way is currently the most popular and well developed option. As the name implies, the route continues due north from Porto up the center of Portugal. It crosses into Spain at Valença/Túi and continues from there through Redondela to Santiago. This route is shown on the maps in GREEN.

THE COASTAL WAY: The Coastal Way is gaining in popularity as the infrastructure and signage improves. It is sometimes referred to as the Senda Litoral, although this name is technically reserved for the very first section of the route described in this guide from Porto to Vila do Conde. Various other guidebooks and maps may show the first day of walking from Porto to follow the Central Way before turning west towards the coast, other guidebooks might show it to follow the Central Way for several days before turning west to Fão. Neither of these options is incorrect, but I have chosen to describe The Coastal Way in a manner which follows the coast for as much as possible, beginning in Porto. This route is shown on the maps in BLUE.

THE BRAGA WAY: Some would consider this the original way, as it passes through the city of Braga where many of the churches earliest decisions regarding Santiago were made. It was the former capital of Galicia and an influential city. These days the infrastructure has not kept pace with the needs of pilgrims and the route is seldom traveled. Please note that this route is not included in this guide.

OPTIONS which deviate from the Green and Blue lines (which are the basis for all measurements shown) are shown in Red. These can sometimes indicate a previous camino route but are more commonly simple deviations through busy city centers.

There are two additional routes which connect the Central Way to the Coastal way, and they are indicated by a MAGENTA line on the maps for reference only. Services along these two routes are not given. Be advised that the markers for these trails are scarce and in many cases have been deliberately removed to prevent confusion among pilgrims.

History: 

Porto has a nice nickname among Portugues 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 attacking the city he abdicated the throne and the constitution was restored. It was a victory for the Enlightenment and those who sought to distance themselves from the traditional Roman Catholic values.

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Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Downtown Hostel
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 66

Private
37 15 Photo in Downtown Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
2 Spot Hostel
Gonçalo Cristovão, 12

Private
42 17 Photo in Spot Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
3 The Poets Inn
Caldeireiros, 261

Private
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4 Andarilho Hostel
Firmeza, 364

Closed
40 15 Photo in Andarilho Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
5 Antas Ville
Vigorosa, 736

Hostal
30 13 Photo in Antas Ville on the Camino de Santiago
6 Gallery Hostel
Miguel Bombarda, 222

Private
40 22* Photo in Gallery Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
7 Tattva Design Hostel
Cativo 26-28

Private
116 15* Photo in Tattva Design Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
8 AHBV Porto
Rodrigues Sampaio, 153

Bombeiro
2 Donativo
9 Albergue do Peregrino Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar
Arcediago Vanzeller 50

Parochial
12 23
10 Refúgio de Peregrinos ViaPortuscale
Vasco Santana, 264

Association
20 Donativo
11 Residencial Belo Sonho
Passos Manuel, 186

Pension
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12 Hotel Peninsular
Sá da Bandeira, 21

Hotel
13 Hotel Universal
dos Aliados, 38

Hotel
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14 Hotel do Norte
Fernandes Tomas, 579

Hotel
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15 Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Infante Dom Henrique, 1

Hotel
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16 Porto Lounge Hostel
Almada, 317

Private
17* Photo in Porto Lounge Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
17 Oporto Sport Hostel
Santa Catarina, 313

Private