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Cicerone: The Camino Portugués


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From Lisbon and Porto to Santiago - Central, Coastal and Spiritual caminos

The Portuguese Way (Camino Portugués) is a 620km long-distance route from Portugal's capital Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This guide splits the route into 25 stages with two coastal options, and takes in historic and religious sites and stunning scenery. With information on preparation, planning and accommodation.

A guidebook to walking the Camino Portugués (Portuguese Way), 620km from Lisbon in Portugal to Santiago in Spain. The book gives stage-by-stage directions for the Central Camino, starting from Lisbon, Porto or Tui, the Coastal Camino between Porto and Redondela, and the Spiritual Variant route from Pontevedra to Padrón. It also describes link routes that can be used to swap from one route to another.

Detailed route guidance and maps are accompanied by fascinating information about historic and religious sites passed along the way. It is packed with essential information for pilgrims, with advice on getting there, when to go, where to stay and equipment. An indispensable facilities table showing the availability of accommodation, refreshments, supermarkets, ATMs and pharmacies along the route, and a handy glossary, make this the complete guide to the Camino.

Since 1211 Santiago de Compostela has been a place of holy pilgrimage and the Camino Portugues is the second most travelled pilgrim route. The largely rural journey takes in four UNESCO World Heritage Areas - the Knights Templar Castle at Tomar, Portugal's oldest University at Coimbra, and the old towns of Porto and Santiago - culminating at the magnificent cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.


  • St James and the beginnings of Santiago de Compostela
  • Portuguese history and the Camino
  • Choosing your Camino
  • Essential pilgrim information
  • Getting there and getting away
  • When to go
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drink
  • Useful information
  • Language
  • Preparation and training
  • What to take
  • Waymarking and GPS
  • Using this guide
  • Leave no trace

Central Camino
Stage 1 Lisbon to Alpriate
Stage 2 Alpriate to Vila Franca de Xira
Stage 3 Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja
Stage 4 Azambuja to Santarém
Stage 5 Santarém to Golegã
Stage 6 Golegã to Tomar
Stage 7 Tomar to Alvaiázere
Stage 8 Alvaiázere to Rabaçal
Stage 9 Rabaçal to Coimbra
Stage 10 Coimbra to Sernadelo
Stage 11 Sernadelo to Águeda
Stage 12 Águeda to Albergaria-a-Velha
Stage 13 Albergaria-a-Velha to São João da Madeira
Stage 14 São João da Madeira to Grijó
Stage 15 Grijó to Porto
Stage 16 Porto to Vairão
Stage 17 Vairão to Barcelos
Stage 18 Barcelos to Ponte de Lima
Stage 19 Ponte de Lima to Rubiães
Stage 20 Rubiães to Tui
Stage 21 Tui to Mos
Stage 23 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Stage 24 Caldas de Reis to Padrón
Stage 25 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

Coastal Camino
Stage 1 Porto to Vila do Conde
Stage 1A Porto to Vila do Conde (via the Senda Litoral)
Stage 2 Vila do Conde to Esposende
Stage 3 Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Stage 4 Viana do Castelo to Caminha
Stage 5 Caminha to Mougás
Stage 6 Mougás to A Ramallosa
Stage 7 A Ramallosa to Vigo
Stage 8 Vigo to Redondela
Stages 9–12 See Central Camino Stages 22–25
Link routes
Link route 1 Vila do Conde to São Pedro de Rates
Link route 2 São Pedro de Rates to Esposende
Link route 3 Caminha to Tui
Spiritual Variant
Stage 1 Pontevedra to Armenteira
Stage 2 Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa
Stage 3 Vilanova de Arousa to Padrón

Appendix A Facilities tables
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Further reading


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