The Portuguese version of French
El Portuguese Way It usually starts in two cities mainly:
Today we leave from the city of Lisbon. It is worth arriving a day before our departure in order to visit this magnificent city. We will follow the one known as Caminho do Tejo, the Camino of blue arrows that guides the pilgrim to Fatima.
We will follow our camino hand in hand with the river Tagus. We must remember that this part of the Camino Portuguese, not being so exploited, lacks caminos off roads, so we must exercise extreme caution when walking along them. Highly recommended to wear a reflective vest.
Tough day, it is advisable to get up early in times of heat to avoid the hardest hours. It should be noted that in the last 16 km we will not have services for the pilgrim or shade, so we will have to go with enough water and food to reach Santarem.
Today's stage will be tough again, we will walk through corn fields and wine lands. We must be very attentive to the yellow arrows and have our app very close at hand since there are places where we can easily get lost.
Today we will enjoy Camino. We will walk through lush eucalyptus forests, dirt tracks and some other stretch of asphalt. It is worth getting to Tomar early to visit the Castle and the Convent.
On today's stage we will walk through very different sections. From trails that follow the river, areas of pines and holm oaks, and various cultivation areas that will go from olive trees to areas of orchards and fruit trees. It will be a tough stage in which part of the route will run on asphalt.
In today's stage we will walk along an old Roman road. He camino It will be stony in areas and that will make it cost us a little more and for those who do not want to extend it to Rabacal they will be able to spend the night in Alvorge.
Today we have a surprise, the camino passes mostly by land. Although we will still have small sections of asphalt. We will pass through Conimbriga where we can visit its Roman ruins. If we want we can spend the night in the private hostel that this city has.
Today the departure from Coimbra will be a bit boring. But after leaving the city, we will walk along tracks, caminos and some stretches of sand. We can enjoy the "variety" The restaurants in the area offer us mostly suckling pig.
And the day came. If we believed that the previous stages had been tough, today comes the greatest of them all. Highway, endless industrial estates ... and the company of thousands of vehicles. As a positive culmination we have the town of Águeda, which has the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula.
Stage to rest. We will have two possible exits, one by road and the other crossing the industrial park. When we arrive at Albergaria a Velha we can decide whether to stay here or continue to Albergaria a Nova, which has a private hostel.
A short stage which we can extend if we want about 9 km more to reach Sao Joao da Madeira. The most interesting part of the day will be the walk through the old area of Bemposta.
If yesterday we decided to extend the day, today we will have a step of about 20 km. Otherwise we will have a long stage but that will not reach 30 km. We will already feel the proximity of Porto where the Camino switch to. It will also allow us to choose if we continue for the Camino from the coast or inland.
Today's stage invites us to visit the wonderful city of Porto. Where in addition to its culture, its bridges, churches, ... we can enjoy a very different environment from Lisbon. It is highly recommended to try the Francesinha, a typical dish of this city.
If we have decided to continue on Camino from the Interior awaits a day without major milestones. Some pilgrims choose to leave Porto by metro. We will leave it to everyone's choice.
Today we will enjoy a landscape very different from yesterday. We will pass through small Portuguese towns that will open their doors to us with their marked hospitality.
Today we will find the first climbs of the Camino. Some will be more inclined but nothing we cannot overcome. As it is a long-distance stage, almost 35 km, if we wish we can divide the stage in two by spending the night at Casa da Fernanda in Vitorino dos Piaes.
Today we will have a stage to rest from the long day of the previous day. Only 17 km separate us from Rubiaes. We will overcome some or other costs that will be hard for us but nothing that is not passed little by little. It should be noted that we will only have services in Codecal so it will be worth recharging your strength and water in the bar in this municipality.
Today we will meet some pilgrims who come from the Camino by the coast. Valenca do Minho is a very classic end of the stage before entering Spanish lands, although if we prefer we can go to Tui where a beautiful city also awaits us. It will be a quiet stage with few and moderate slopes.
In today's stage we offer the shorter version, although for those who wish they can extend it to Redondela, thus passing about 32 km. We will have an interesting climb from the Mos hostel to the Santiaguiño chapel (In the event that we opt for the long option, otherwise the climb will wait for us the next day).
If we decide to make yesterday's day short, another very similar one awaits us today: gentle slopes and very similar landscapes. The ascent we talked about yesterday to the Santiaguiño chapel will be the only important thing to review from this stage.
Today will be a quiet day, although we will begin to feel that presence of pilgrims that we are not used to. In summer the Pontevedra hostel, which is at the entrance of the town, fills up quickly. Convenient to be at a good time.
Today those who want to return to the solitude of Camino can decide whether to follow the Camino Officer or depart for the Spiritual Variant. A Camino that recalls the possible passage of the remains of the Apostle until his arrival in Santiago. Highly recommended for those seeking tranquility. The rest of us will continue along the national highway until we reach Caldas de Reis, a city famous for its thermal water spas.
El Camino It gives us what is perhaps the most beautiful stage in terms of landscapes. We will have the option of sleeping in Padrón, known for its peppers, or getting out of the camino to enjoy the hospitality of the Herbón Convent.
To finish we will have to walk through more urban areas and largely paved. We will pass through numerous villages, neighborhoods, to finally enter Santiago. The entrance of the Camino Portuguese may not be as glorious as French, but we will certainly feel the closeness of the Apostle as we arrive at the Plaza del Obradoiro.
Points of interest
Castle of St. George
It is known as the castle of San Jorge (in Portuguese, Castelo de São Jorge) to the ruins of a castle on the hill of San Jorge in Lisbon. Primitively known simply as Castelo dos Mouros, it stands in a dominant position on the highest hill in the historic center, providing visitors with one of the most beautiful views over the city and over the Tagus river estuary, so the Portuguese government does Great efforts to preserve it.
The castle enclosure has approximately 6000 m². The building consists of several towers and checkpoints, a moat and two large courtyards.
Monastery of Santa Clara A Velha
The Monastery of Santa Clara de Coimbra, popularly known as the Convent of Santa Clara-a-Velha, is located on the left bank of the Mondego River, in the parish of Castelo Viegas; belonging to the city, concelho and district of Coimbra, in Portugal.
It was built at a time of trial of the Gothic style in Portugal. Its foundation, at the end of the XNUMXth century, is inserted in a period of gradual increase of influence and acceptance of the Order of Friars Minor in the court and in Portuguese society in general.
The Lello Bookstore (in Portuguese: Livraria Lello), also known as Lello and Irmão Bookstore (Livraria Lello and Irmão) or Chardron Bookstore (Livraria Chardron), is a bookstore located in the historic center of the city of Porto, Portugal. It is located on Rua das Carmelitas144, near the Clérigos Tower (a baroque art bell tower, built by Nicolau Nasoni).
Due to its historical and artistic value, the bookstore has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world by various personalities and entities, cases of the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas, the British newspaper The Guardian and the Australian editor of guides Lonely Planet travel.
The cathedral of Santa María de Tui is, together with the Vigo co-cathedral, one of the episcopal headquarters of the Diocese of Tui-Vigo, in Galicia, Spain. The city of Tui is located at the southern end of the province of Pontevedra, next to the border with Portugal, and is bathed by the Miño river. In 1959, the original name of the diocese: “Diocese of Tui” was modified by that of the Diocese of Tui-Vigo and the collegiate church of Santa María de Vigo was designated as co-cathedral. The cathedral of Tui is the maximum artistic exponent of the city and is located in the highest part of the city in a castro (Tude) on a hill.