Camino Portugués Central Way | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues Map 13
Distance to Santiago: 
240.40
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...

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...

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: 

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...

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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
10 No dormitories Photo in The Poets Inn on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in The Poets Inn on the Camino de Santiago

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
Photo in Residencial Belo Sonho on the Camino de Santiago

12

Hotel Peninsular
Sá da Bandeira, 21

Hotel

13

Hotel Universal
dos Aliados, 38

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Universal on the Camino de Santiago

14

Hotel do Norte
Fernandes Tomas, 579

Hotel
Photo in Hotel do Norte on the Camino de Santiago

15

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Infante Dom Henrique, 1

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira on the Camino de Santiago

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
Photo in Porto on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
0.00
Altitude: 

The sprawl from the center of town runs all the way to Gião, where a revision to the camino takes you mercifully off of the road and to Vairão where a more tranquil walk resumes. That is a stretch of 25km, more than enough walking given the terrain. It is not uncommon for pilgrims to bypass much...

Distance to Santiago: 
238.40
Altitude: 
90
Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line C (Linha da Maia) affords an option to walking the most durable part of the camino leaving Porto. The map on the opposite page gives an idea of the stops relative to the camino.

The Road: 

The split between the Central and Braga routes occurs at the Chapel of the Ramada Alta, a small church roughly 1.5km from where the pedestrian zone ended. Walk around the church, keeping it on your left, and follow the road behind the church. At the fork, turn right. Street signs indicate that...

Distance to Santiago: 
231.90

When you get to the A4 overpass the camino splits into two distinct trails. The options are not well marked because the turn to the right is a new route that replaces the previous (and wildly dangerous) detour which began in Araújo. Distances are measured from the split. Both routes converge at...

The Road: 

‌VIA MOREIRA - 6.2
This is the easiest to navigate and shortest of the options. From the split simply carry on straight.

-OR-

‌VIA MAIA - 7.7
This route offers a visit to the Mosteiro de Leça do Balio and the church of Maia. To begin this route turn right on the first...

Distance to Santiago: 
231.90
Altitude: 
90
Distance to Santiago: 
230.90
Altitude: 
85
Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line C (Linha da Maia) stops here twice, first at the Araújo Station and then again at the Custió Station which is the closest to the camino.

Photo in Araújo - ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM HERE on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
227.30
Altitude: 
85
The Road: 

Entering Moreira, turn right at the cemetery.

The camino will take a right-left-right a short distance on, and the arrows are painted low on the curb. Whether you follow them, or you miss them, you will arrive at the main road. Turn right there. A Pingo Doce and a Lidl tell you that you...

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1

AirPorto Hostel
Estrada, 244

Private
22 13* Photo in AirPorto Hostel on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in AirPorto Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

2

Hotel Residencial Puma
Cruz Das Guardeiras, 776

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Residencial Puma on the Camino de Santiago

3

Hotel Aeroporto
Rua Pedras Rubras, 157

Hotel
Distance to Santiago: 
232.10
History: 

The Romanesque monastery you see today was founded by the Order of St. Benedict in the late 10th century but was built in the vicinity of a Roman Temple dedicated to Jupiter.

The Road: 

Follow the path straight past the Monastery, and join the Rua da Lionesa. Here a large park will be on your right, and industry on your left. Keep straight and eventually cross over the Río Leça, at which point the name of the cobbled road changes to Rua Chantre. Chantre arrives at a 4-way...

Distance to Santiago: 
228.90
Altitude: 
90
Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line C (Linha da Maia) stops here twice, first at the Parque de Maia station, and then further north at the Fórum Maia Station. Both are suitable stops, but if you exit at the Parque de Maia stop you will more easily find your way to the camino.

The Road: 

Arriving via Metro: Exiting the Parque de Maia stop, follow the road to the first roundabout and turn right, and follow the road to its end and turn right. This will take you steeply uphill, and where the road ends turn left towards the church of Maia.

Arriving on foot: After passing...

Photo in Maia on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Maia on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
227.80
Altitude: 
85
Distance to Santiago: 
227.00
Altitude: 
100
The Road: 

In Guarda, turn left to follow the signs to the Zona Industrial.

Photo in Guarda on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
225.80
Altitude: 
105

If arriving from Moreira, be sure to turn Left at the intersection at the start of the industrial zone (onto the Rua do Outeiro).

If arriving from Maia, keep straight through the intersection.

Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line C (Linha da Maia) has a stop called Zona Industrial but it is not along the camino.

Distance to Santiago: 
224.30
Altitude: 
75

Barranha marks a change in scenery. Although you are still walking on paved or cobbled paths, the congestion and noise of Porto are now behind you.

Photo in Barranha on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
223.50
Altitude: 
60

Because you are arriving via the back roads, the town of Vilar do Pinheiro isn’t marked so obviously. The photo below shows the signage at the intersection in town but doesn’t tell you that the town itself is a left-hand turn from here, or necessarily that the camino is straight on.

Notice: 

If you wish to spend the night here, turn left (photo below shows location). Otherwise, keep on straight through the intersection, passing a few bars on the way out of town.

Name

1

Residencial Santa Marinha
Via José Régio, 1330 - 1º

Pension
Photo in Vilar do Pinheiro on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
222.10
Altitude: 
30

Small kids park and a pretty but unused square. Plenty of shade for a rest. The church is up the road to your right when entering the town; the camino passes straight through.

Photo in Mosteiró on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
218.30
Altitude: 
60
Notice: 

At Gião - Joudina the camino has followed alongside the narrow N306 for about 2km.

The road narrows ahead, and the going was sufficiently dangerous for the camino to be rerouted to the east along a much quieter road. The distance added is 1km, but the route is pretty enough and peaceful...

The Road: 

Turn right and head towards Igreja.

Photo in Gião - Joudina on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
217.80
Altitude: 
60

The church is currently being renovated, but the doors are occasionally open to sneak a peek.

Photo in Igreja on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
217.10
Altitude: 
95
Distance to Santiago: 
216.20
Altitude: 
110
Photo in Crasto on the Camino de Santiago