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 to visit this magnificent city. We will follow the one known as Caminho do Tejo, the Path of blue arrows that guides the pilgrim to Fatima.
We will follow our path by the hand of the Tejo River, Tagus for the Spaniards. We must remember that this part of the Portuguese Way, being not so exploited, lacks roads separated from roads. So we must exercise caution when walking through them. Highly recommended to wear a reflective vest.
Hard and boring day. It is convenient to get up early in hot weather to avoid the toughest hours. It should be noted that in the last 16 km we will not have services for the pilgrim, nor shade. So we must go with enough water and food to get to 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 handy as there are places where we can easily get confused.
Today we will enjoy the Way. We will walk through lush eucalyptus forests, dirt tracks and the occasional stretch of asphalt. It is worth arriving soon to Tomar to visit the Castle and the Convent.
In today's stage we will walk through very different sections. From trails that follow the river, areas of pines and holm oaks, and several growing areas that will range from olive trees to areas of orchards and fruit trees. It will be a hard stage in which part of the route will pass by asphalt.
In today's stage we will walk along an ancient Roman road. The road will be stony in areas and that will cost us a little more. In today's stage for those who do not want to extend it until Rabacal can spend the night in Alvorge.
Today we have a surprise, the road runs 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 Coimbra's departure will be a bit boring. But after leaving the city, we will walk along tracks, roads and in some sections some sand tracks. We can enjoy the “variety" offered by the restaurants in the area offering us mostly piglet.
And the day arrived. If we believed that the previous stages had been hard and boring. Today comes the mother of them all. Road, endless industrial estates ... and the company of thousands of vehicles. As a positive conclusion we have the town of Agueda which has the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula.
Stage to rest. It is not a stage that offers anything special. We will have two possible departures from Agueda, one by road and the other crossing the industrial estate. 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 some 9 km more to get to Sao Joao da Madeira. The most interesting 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 it will not reach 30 km. We will already feel the proximity of Porto where the Camino will change. Change will give us a choice if we continue along the Camino de la Costa 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. Highly recommended to try the Francesinha, typical dish of this city.
If we have decided to continue on the Interior Road, a day without great milestones awaits us. Some pilgrims choose to leave Porto by subway. We will leave it to each one's choice.
Today we will enjoy a landscape very different from yesterday. Today we will pass through small Portuguese villages that will open their doors with their marked hospitality.
Today we will meet the first climbs of the Camino. Aluna will be more inclined but nothing we can not overcome. Being a long distance stage, almost 35 km, if we wish we can divide the stage in two overnight 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 the odd costs that will be hard for us but nothing that is not passed step by step. It should be noted that we will only have services in Codecal so it will be worth recharging forces and water in the bar of this municipality.
Today we will meet some pilgrims who come from the Path along the Coast. Valenca do Minho is a very classic stage finale 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 of few and moderate slopes.
In today's stage we offer the shortest 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 case we opt for the long option, if not the climb will wait for us the next day).
If we decide to make the short day yesterday, another very similar one awaits us. Soft slopes and very similar landscapes. The rise of which we spoke yesterday to the chapel of Santiaguiño will be the only important thing to review of this stage.
Today will be a quiet day although we will begin to feel that presence of pilgrims to which we are not accustomed. In summer times the hostel of Pontevedra, which is at the entrance of the town, is filled soon. So it is convenient to be at a good time.
Today those who want to return to the loneliness of the Way can decide whether to follow the Official Way or leave for the Spiritual Variant. A Path that recalls the possible passage of the Apostle's remains until his arrival in Santiago. Highly recommended for those seeking tranquility. The rest will continue hand in hand with the national road until we reach Caldas de Reis. A city famous for its hot springs spas.
The Camino gives us what is perhaps the most beautiful stage in terms of landscapes. We will have the option of sleeping in Padrón, famous for its peppers. Or get out of the way to enjoy the hospitality of the Herbón Convent.
Finally we have to walk through more urban areas and largely asphalted. We will pass through numerous villages, neighborhoods to finally enter Santiago. The entrance of the Portuguese Way may not be as glorious as the French, but we will undoubtedly feel the nearness of the Apostle as we reach 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 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.