→ 2.70 → Santarém → 2.70km → Ribeira de Santarém

Altitude
115
To end of camino
520.00
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Bus Terminal
Yes
Correos
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Hospital
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes
Train
Yes

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 Santarém 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.

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 61 AD. 

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.

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

The hostess was very attentive and helpful when it comes to the Caminho. I was booking through booking.com and didn’t know that the places I booked were actually in the next community on a few. She cleared it all up for me. The rooms are clean and secure. Very industrial modern architecture. There was a second floor rooftop deck to hang out. She even prepared a grab and go lunch for us.

michael

Places to stay (Feb 2022): N1 is the only option in hostels at the moment, 20€, lovely host, she even prepares a picnic for the road, haha. Santarem Hostel seems not only closed, but closed down. Albergue Misecordia closed due to covid.

michael

Santarem hostel is still open (March 2022), and the owner is delightful and very helpful. I was the only one who stayed the night I was there, but it was a great option. It’s close to several sites in the city and has a laundromat, cafes, and restaurants nearby. Check it out.

michael

Nice and beautiful place to stay, the owner gives good advice about where to go and where to eat.

michael

N1 hostel is fabulous, clean, modern, reception staff really friendly ladies and great restaurant Brasil two minutes walk away on the opposite side. Under 20 Eur for a bunk bed, includes breakfast.