El Camino Portugués

Where nature and history intertwine on each trail. A getaway from the daily routine.

Are you looking for an experience that makes you disconnect from the noise and reconnect with nature? The Interior Portuguese Way awaits you. Explore trails between the lush forests of northern Portugal and the rolling hills that define the border.

The most popular Tours of the Portuguese Way

Bicigrino en el Camino de Santiago desde Lisboa en bici
595 Km
13 Stages
14 Nights
from 1159 €
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Camino Portugués desde Lisboa Fácil
595 Km
17 Stages
18 Nights
from 1530 €
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Camino de Santiago desde Lisboa
596 Km
27 Stages
28 Nights
from 2740 €
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Variante Espiritual del Camino de Santiago
86 Km
4 Stages
5 Nights
from 656 €
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Camino Portugués en bici
217 Km
7 Stages
8 Nights
from 975 €
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Camino Portugués Fácil
117 Km
10 Stages
11 Nights
from 840 €
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Camino Portugués Superior
113 Km
6 Stages
7 Nights
from 910 €
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Camino Portugués desde Oporto
241 Km
12 Stages
13 Nights
from 1027 €
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Camino Portugués desde Tui
128 Km
6 Stages
7 Nights
from 539 €
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Where to start El Camino Portugués ?

El Camino de Santiago Portugués tradicional encuentra su origen en Lisboa, y va recorriendo el norte de Portugal hasta llegar a Galicia. La entrada en Galicia se hace a través de Tui y, aunque es una senda eminentemente interior, cuenta con algunas etapas en paralelo al mar (concretamente, de Redondela a Pontevedra). No confundir con el Camino Portugués de la Costa, aunque ambas rutas pasan por Oporto, discurren casi en paralelo, y se unen en Redondela, son dos trazados con orígenes diferentes.

Con el auge de las peregrinaciones a Santiago de Compostela en el siglo XII, el fenómeno tuvo gran acogida en Portugal. Los puntos de partida más habituales, eran las principales ciudades del país en ese momento: Lisboa, Porto, Braga, Coimbra… De hecho, se le dedicaron un gran número de iglesias al Santo Apóstol Santiago, y un gran número de personas iniciaron su peregrinación desde tierras portuguesas.

620 Km 35 Etapas 36 Noches 4/5 Lisboa

Lisboa on the Portuguese Way
The city of Lisbon, crowned by the imposing St. George’s Castle.

On the banks of the Tagus River lies Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Lisbon’s cultural and historical richness is revealed through its monuments, cobbled streets and squares. From the majesty of the Belém Tower to the Jerónimos Monastery, the city has traces of various eras that have left their mark on it.

Like Rome, it has seven hills and is crowned by the Moorish castle of St. George, one of the city’s most emblematic monuments, which has been declared a National Monument.

Its cultural and historical wealth makes Lisbon the starting point of the Portuguese Way. Starting this route in the Portuguese capital will allow you to get to know Portugal in depth through its towns, fauna and flora.

372 Km 22 Etapas 23 Noches 3/5 Coímbra

Coimbra on the Portuguese Way
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the University of Coimbra is one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe.

Located in the heart of Portugal is Coimbra, the former medieval capital of Portugal for more than a century due to its historical and cultural importance during the Middle Ages.

One of the city’s most outstanding buildings is its university, one of the oldes academic institutions in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university complex, known as the Paço das Escolas, includes the impressive Torre da Universidade, the Chapel of St. Michael and other historic buildings that reflect the evolution of the university over time.

Coimbra’s centuries os history have left a deep imprint on the city. Froom Moorish fortifications, Gothic and Romanesque buildings and the cathedrals to fairy tales and legends. Lisbon is a treasure trove of Portuguese history.

250 Km 15 Etapas 16 Noches 3/5 O Porto

Porto on the Portuguese Way
A World Heritage Site, Porto is a cultural and architectural treasure on the banks of the Douro River.

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is the third most populated municipality in Portugal, behind Lisbon and Vila Nova da Gaia. The port of Cale or “Portus Cale” in Latin (this is how Porto was called in ancient times and from where the name of the Luso country comes from today) was a frequent stop for many French ships due to its strategic position.

Although its origin as a commercial enclave dates back to the Greek times, it was not until medieval times that it became a very important area for trade in the area. It was also the focus of some conflicts. This led to the construction of a great wall (the remains of which can still be seen today) which was completed at the end of the 14th century.

Porto was declared a World Heritage Site thanks to its old town, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Currently, the city of Porto is consolidated as the sencond place of departure of pilgrims, since according to the balance of 2019, 11.32% of the total number of pilgrims who came to Compostela started from here.

196 Km 12 Etapas 13 Noches 3/5 Barcelos

Barcelos on the Portuguese Way
The Portuguese town of Barcelos is closely associated with the symbol of the Rooster, an emblem of good luck, prosperity and justice.

Crossing the old bridge over the Cávado River, we enter Barcelos, one of the most important cities in the field of Minoan art and part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Its origins date back to the 12th century and its historic centre is home to medieval monuments, such as the churches of Bom Jesus da Cruz and Nossa Senhora do Terço, and manor houses that reflect the architecture and culture period.

One of the most emblematic elements of region is the Barcelos cockerel, a symbol of identity of both the region and Portugal as a whole. This bird is linked to the Way of St. James through a famous legend in which it saved the life of a pilgrim who was facing an injustice during his pilgrimage. Since then, the cockerel has been associated with good luck, justice and prosperity in Portuguese culture.

118 Km 7 Etapas 8 Noches 2/5 Tui

Tui on the Portuguese Way
The city of Tui has been declared a historic-artistic site and is considered the gateway to Galicia on the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela.

On the other side of the Miño River is Tui, a small town of just over 16,000 inhabitants. Its size did not prevent it from being a key player in the history of Galicia, as it became the capital of the Swabian kingdom and one of the proovinces of the Kingdom of Galicia.

During the Middle Ages, Tui was plundered by Muslims and Vikings, but when it became a bishop’s manor, the town became a great religious centre and grew administratively, commercially and militarily. Today, Tui still conserves in good condition the historical-artistic ensemble of the medieval city of that time.

Its border location means that Tui is considered to be the “gateway to Galicia” from the Portuguese Way of St. James. The Museo Diosano, which can be visited today, was fomerly a hospital for pilgrims.

100 Km 6 Etapas 6 Noches 2/5 Vigo

Vigo on the Portuguese Way
Views of the city and the Vigo estuary from Castro Park in the heart of the city.

On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean lies the city with the largest number of inhabitants in Galicia, Vigo. Its strategic position on the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula gives it great economic and maritime importance. Moreover, its port, one of the most important in the region, not only facilitates national and international trade, but also encourages active fishing activity.

Vigo’s architecture represents the perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. Its old town is articulated around the old fishing quarter of O Berbés, of Historic Tourist Interest, where you’ll find fishing streets and emblazoned houses. On the other hand, there are tall buildings in a contemporary style in the city centre and its surroundings.

Located at the mouth of the Vigo estuary are the Cíes Islands, a natural paradise that forms part of the Galician Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. Just a short boat trip from the city’s port, you can discover its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and its cliffs and dunes, home to thousands of migratory birds.

Route map El Camino Portugués

Map of the Portuguese Way

Stages El Camino Portugués

Stage 1
34 km
Stage 2
20 km
Stage 3
33 km
Stage 5
31 km
7h 45 min
Stage 5
30 km
7h 45 min
Stage 6
31 km
Stage 7
22 km
5h 30 min
Stage 8
26 km
6h 30 min
Stage 9
11 km
2h 45 min
Stage 10
24 km
6h 15 min
Stage 11
23 km
5h 45 min
Stage 11
15 km
Stage 15
15 km
3h 45min
Stage 16
27 km
Stage 17
27 km
Stage 18
35 km
Stage 19
17 km
Stage 20
19 km
Stage 21
32 km
Stage 22
20 km
Stage 23
21 km
Stage 24
19 km
Stage 25
24 km

Difficulty level El Camino Portugués

Difficulty profile route Portuguese Way

The Portuguese Way is considered a route of medium-low difficulty that is characterized by a smoother terrain and little slope. This makes it a suitable option for beginner pilgrims looking for a less physically demanding experience, families with children or elderly people.

Even so, the level of difficulty of this route may vary depending on the starting point, the physical condition of the pilgrim and the weather conditions at the time of the trip.


The Complete Portuguese Way from Porto has an approximate length of about 250 km. Although you can also do less kilometers if you decide to start in another starting point such as Tui or Baiona. The distance covered each day can affect the feeling of difficulty, so it is important to plan stages suitable for your level of fitness.


Along the way, you will encounter sections with varied terrain, including dirt trails, rural roads, forest tracks and paved sections. In some sections it is possible to encounter uneven or rocky terrain, although this should not be a challenge.


Although there are uphill and downhill sections, the slopes of this trail are not excessively steep, so this route should not be a great physical effort.


Northern Portugal and Galicia have an oceanic climate. With mild temperatures on the coast (with strong winds in winter) and colder in winter season towards the interior. In winter it is common for temperatures to drop considerably, reaching 0º in January or February. Precipitation is also common. Intermittent and mild in autumn and intense and regular in winter.

What to see and do in El Camino Portugués?

The Portuguese Way offers a unique and less traveled alternative to the popular French Way, giving pilgrims the opportunity to immerse themselves in an authentic journey through Portugal and Galicia.

Peregrinos en el camino portugués
Throughout the centuries, the Camino de Santiago has been a bridge that unites people of different nationalities and beliefs. The paths of this trail will take you through charming rural villages, historic towns and magnificent natural landscapes. From the lush vegetation of northern Portugal to the rolling hills and vineyards that surround the border between the two countries, every step is steeped in culture and history.

If you are looking for an enriching experience that allows you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Portuguese Way of St. James awaits you with open arms.

Where does the Portuguese Way of St. James pass through?

The Portuguese Way of St. James is about 250 kilometers from Porto (you can do less km) and runs through the Portuguese districts of Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo. Once in Spanish territory, the route enters Galicia through the province of Pontevedra, ending in Santiago de Compostela.

2 out of 10 pilgrims take this route. Hence it is considered the second most popular Jacobean route, behind the French Way. This is largely due to its good infrastructure of services and the diversity and scenic beauty of this route. These are some of the most important towns it passes through:


Porto, punto de inicio más popular del camino portugués
Porto, the most popular starting point of the Portuguese route.

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is the third most inhabited municipality in Portugal, behind Lisbon and Vila Nova da Gaia. The port of Cale or “Portus Cale” in Latin (this is how Porto was called in ancient times and where the name of the Luso country comes from today) was a frequent stop for many French ships due to its strategic position.

Although its origin as a commercial enclave dates back to Greek times, it was not until medieval times that it became a very important area for trade in the area. It was also the focus of some conflicts. This led to the construction of a great wall (of which remains can still be seen today) that was completed at the end of the 14th century.

Porto was declared a World Heritage Site thanks to its old town, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Currently, the city of Porto is consolidated as the second place of departure of pilgrims, since according to the balance of 2019, 11.32% of the total number of pilgrims who came to Compostela left from here.

Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima is considered, nowadays, as the oldest village in Portugal. It is said that the Kingdom of Portugal emerged in this locality when Dona Teresa de Leon officially recognized this town as a Villa in the year 1123 A.D. and her son King Alfonso I was proclaimed as the first king of Portugal.

During the Middle Ages, Ponte de Lima was an important geographical enclave, as it was an obligatory stop for all those who set out for Astorga, Braga or Santiago de Compostela.

The monument par excellence of this town is the Lima Bridge (which gives its name to the village), whose construction dates back to the 14th century. Today it still preserves five arches of an original Roman bridge from the 5th century. It also has great importance in the Camino de Santiago, as it was the only point that allowed crossing the Lima River on the route linking Braga to Santiago de Compostela.

Valença do Minho

Right on the border with Galicia we find Valença do Minho, a town strategically located on the banks of the Minho River. For centuries it was the first line of defense against the neighboring country, Spain. For this reason, military architecture is still predominant in its streets, where its 5 kilometers of walls stand out.

In the Middle Ages it became a village of great importance due to its strategic location on top of a hill, although its name at that time was Contrasta (“a village in front of another”), referring to its geographical position in front of Tui. Another of the relevant cities of the Original Portuguese Way.

The most important monument is undoubtedly the fortress. It is composed of two fortified areas connected to each other by the so-called Portas do Meio. To the south, the Recinto da Coroada, smaller and less populated, while to the north, the Recinto da Vila, houses the medieval nucleus, the oldest of the complex. In 1928 it was classified as a National Monument, which meant the beginning of a great tourist and commercial activity, reinforced by the rise of the Portuguese Way.


On the other side of the Miño River is Tui, a small town of just over 16,000 inhabitants. Its size did not prevent it from being a key piece in the history of Galicia, as it became the capital of the Swabian kingdom and one of the provinces of the Kingdom of Galicia.

During the Middle Ages, Tui was plundered by Muslims and Vikings, but when it became a bishop’s manor, the town became a great religious center and grew administratively, commercially and militarily. Today, Tui still preserves in good condition the historical-artistic ensemble of the medieval city of that time.

The border situation makes Tui is considered as “the gateway to Galicia” from the Portuguese Way of St. James. The Diosano museum, which can be visited today, was formerly a hospital for pilgrims.


Arcade is one of those villages that pilgrims have to cross to reach the longed-for goal of Santiago de Compostela; a place that undoubtedly has many corners and experiences to enjoy, if you know how, when and where.

This small village belongs to the parish of Sotomayor, located in the province of Pontevedra; a privileged natural enclave with views that will delight any pilgrim.

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The city of Pontevedra was founded, according to legend, by Teucro of Troy, although history says that in reality, its origin is due to a Neolithic lake settlement that had the Lérez River as a source of wealth and defense.

The strategic location of the Lérez River favored its development over the centuries, so, in the time of the Roman Empire, a population center was born around it.

Ponte do Burgo al paso por Pontevedra

The Burgo Bridge was also built, which allowed the river to be crossed by the Via XIX that linked Braga with Astorga, of which sections of the road are still preserved and through which the Portuguese Way still runs today. During the Middle Ages and also at present Pontevedra is considered an important city of passage among the pilgrim community.

Caldas de Reis

Caldas de Reis is a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants and is known for being one of the thermal villages par excellence of Galicia. In fact, at the time of Romanization it was called Aquae Celenis because of the quality of these waters. Its current toponym is due to the fact that in these lands was born Alfonso VII of Burgundy, who would end up being the king of the Leonese Empire.

In the Middle Ages, a pilgrims’ hospital was built in this village, which was owned by the Archbishopric of Santiago and numerous Romanesque churches were erected, linked to the Portuguese Way of St. James, among them the one dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury.


The history of Padrón begins in the year 70 A.D., when it was still called Iria Flavia. In this year, Flavius Vespasianus granted it the Ius Latii (“Latin law”), which allowed it to prosper and to urbanize.

During the Roman Empire, Iria Flavia was a very important river port due to its location at the convergence of the rivers Sar and Ulla. It was also important during the Middle Ages, when it was also head of the Episcopal See suffragan of the Archdiocese of Braga.

Although later the episcopal see would move to Santiago de Compostela, this city does not lose its relevance, because it is in this place where the Jacobean tradition begins. According to legend, the river beach of Iria Flavia was the landing place of the ship that transported the body of the Apostle Santiago from Palestine.

Since the remains of the Apostle were transferred to Santiago de Compostela, Padrón became the beginning of the route for pilgrims arriving by sea.

Places and Monuments not to be missed on the Portuguese Way

Cathedral of Santa María de Tui

Catedral de Santa María de Tui

The Cathedral of Santa Maria is the highest artistic exponent of the city of Tui. This cathedral, the only one in the Rías Baixas, began to be built in 1120, although it was not completely finished until 1225.

Its structure is Romanesque, although later several Gothic elements were added, such as its main facade, considered the first Gothic work of the Iberian Peninsula. On the other hand, its fortified aspect is given by its crenellated towers. It is also the only Galician cathedral that preserves a Gothic cloister.

Gándaras de Budiño (Porriño)

The Gándaras de Budiño are located in Porriño, a small town in the province of Pontevedra. This natural ecosystem occupies an area of approximately 700 hectares and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its humidity make it a marshy area of great natural value for the environment.

In its wetlands there are plant species such as willows, cattails or sundews. On the other hand, its fauna, and in particular the large number of migratory birds that have their breeding area in this point of the Rías Baixas, makes these wetlands a place of great scientific interest.

Sampaio Bridge

This bridge of Roman origin crosses the Verdugo River at its mouth and joins the towns of Soutomaior (Arcade) and Ponte Sampaio. It is characterized by an elongated construction of 10 arches between which there are cutwaters.

The famous battle of Ponte Sampaio was fought on Ponte Sampaio. Decisive in the Spanish War of Independence against the French on June 7 and 8, 1809, ending 5 months of French occupation.

Church of the Virgin of La Peregrina

Iglesia de la Peregrina, Pontevedra
Church of the Peregrina, Pontevedra

The Church of La Peregrina is a masterful example of 18th century baroque architecture. Its design is attributed to the Portuguese architect Antonio Souto, who created an elliptical scallop-shaped structure, unique in Galicia. The main facade stands out for its sculptural ensemble of the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the city, flanked by two elegant bell towers.

The Pilgrim’s Church has been a place of pilgrimage and devotion since its construction, attracting faithful and visitors alike. Its location near the Portuguese Way of St. James has made it an important destination for walkers along the Jacobean route.

Pontecesures Bridge

The history of the Pontecesures Bridge dates back to Roman times. Built in the 1st century AD, it was originally a Roman stone bridge over the Ulla River, an important part of the Via Romana XIX, one of the great Roman communication arteries of ancient Gallaecia.

Over the centuries, the bridge has witnessed numerous historical events, including clashes during the Middle Ages between the kingdoms of Galicia and León.


Alternative places to discover on the Camino Portugués

If you are one of those people who like to explore and also have enough time to do so while you are walking the Camino, here are some interesting places you could visit on the Portuguese Way:

Vila do Conde

It is a coastal town in northern Portugal, known for its beautiful beaches and charming historic center. It has a rich maritime tradition and a marina, as well as an international short film festival that attracts filmmakers from all over the world. In addition, the city is an important fashion and design center, with a leading textile fair in Portugal.

We recommend visiting Vila do Conde on your way through Fajozes, as this town is just 12 minutes away by car.


It is a city located in the extreme north of Portugal. It is the third largest city, just after Lisbon and Porto. It is famous for its heritage and religious events. It is also one of the great cultural centers of the country and its university atmosphere makes it a young and active city.

If you want to visit Braga, it is best to do it from Barcelos, because, by car, you will arrive in just 24 minutes.

National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia

A spectacular maritime-terrestrial site composed of the islands of Ons, Cíes, Sálvora and Cortegada. It is a protected natural area, characterized by its crystal clear waters and white sand that attract about 300,000 travelers each year. They are the second most visited destination in Galicia, just after the Cathedral of Santiago.

Rodas Beach, in the Cíes Islands, is, according to The Guardian newspaper, the best beach in the world. In addition, this maritime terrestrial complex stands out for its fauna, its dune systems and sea caves.

If you decide to venture to visit any of these islands, on your way to Redondela you can extend your stay an extra day, move to Vigo (17 minutes by car) and take a boat.


This coastal town is only 7 kilometers from the city of Pontevedra. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Galicia, which stands out for its historical ensemble, where the hórreos and cruceiros are the protagonists.

It is one of the best villages to know the Galician rural architecture, where the stone houses of first floor prevail.

The closest town to Combarro on the Portuguese Way is Pontevedra, which is 21 minutes away by car.


Belonging to the province of Pontevedra, Valga is a town internationally renowned for its traditional Rapa das Bestas festival. It has interesting monuments and historic buildings, such as the Church of Santa María de Valga and the Catoira Tower, which formed part of the region’s defensive system. In addition, its green landscapes and hiking trails will allow you to explore the Galician nature.

We recomend visiting Valga once you arrive in Padrón, as it is only 7 minutes by car.

Excursion to Mondariz Spa

It is not really on the Camino, but 18 km away from O Porriño, and a bit more from Redondela; but there are direct buses on both stops (although not very regular) or it is possible to take a taxi. Built in the XIX century, it is the most popular Spa in Galicia. We believe that there is nothing better than relaxing a little bit on its pure water, after a long walking day.

Thanks to the important guests who spent their summers here during the Belle Époque (such as Isabel of Bourbon, the Archbishop of Westminster, or the Sultan Muley Haffid), the Mondariz Spa became one of the most famous in Europe, competing with Baden-Baden and Bath. In addition to representing a place of health and well-being due to the medicinal properties of its waters, over time this place became an important center of political, cultural and social exchange.

Visit San Simón Island

From Redondela, there are guided tours from June to September to see this small treasure in the middle of the Stuary of Vigo. You will be able to enjoy, not only a small piece of paradise, but also discover its patrimony, culture and history, and all the details of the Battle of Vigo Bay.

Throughout its history, the island was used as a monastery, by the Templars and by the Franciscans, in 1589 it was plundered by English pirates, including the famous Francis Drake. It was also used as a lazaretto for the infected people coming from European and Caribbean ports and between 1936 and 1943 as a prison. In 1999, the islands of San Simón and San Antón were declared Sites of Cultural Interest and it started a project to restore the island in a more environmentally friendly way.

Taste the gastronomy of Pontevedra

Galicia, is a Michelin star destination and you will be able to taste some dishes of this incredible culinary tradition in Pontevedra and other places in the Rias Baixas. Don’t miss these delicacies during your experience on the Portuguese Way. Traditional recipes elaborated in a modern way, will make you know the local products and the great variety of dishes that are distinguished in this area. Also, remember that the delicious wines of the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin are produced here. Cheers!

Stop on the Barosa River Natural Park

The signs to go to this Natural Park with waterfalls and mills, are right on the Camino, a couple of kilometers before Caldas de Reis. You will just need to walk for about 5 minutes, and is totally worthy to have a break there (it is one of the most popular and remembered stops for Pilgrims). There is also a picnic area, very comfortable to have lunch.

parque rio barosa galiwonders

Try the water of Fuente de las Burgas

Caldas de Reis is a very popular stop because of its miner-medicinal water, that have healing properties for breathing illness, rheumatism, skin issues in the public fountain of Las Burgas, you will be able to enjoy all these beneficial properties, for free!

The History of El Camino Portugués

The impulse of the crown and the church encouraged the development of the Portuguese Way. The history of this route dates back to the 12th century, when the first Portuguese pilgrims set out on this mystical path to reach Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, and visit the tomb of St. James the Apostle.

Once Portugal became independent from the kingdom of Castile and Leon and after the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle, the Portuguese crown became interested in promoting cultural and economic exchanges between the two territories.

From that moment on, Portuguese pilgrims and pilgrims from other regions of Europe began to travel to Santiago de Compostela from various locations in Portugal, following paths and trails that were consolidated over time.

The original route follows the route of the old Roman roads and other trails that have been used before. In fact, some remains of the roads built by the Roman Empire can still be seen today.

The devotion to St. James the Apostle in the 12th century favored the rise of massive pilgrimages throughout Europe and led to the construction of temples and churches dedicated to him. The apostle became the patron saint of Portugal until the 14th century, when he was replaced by St. George.

Such was the relevance of this pilgrimage route that it attracted several important personalities of the time interested in visiting the crypt of St. James the Apostle: Henry of Burgundy and Teresa of Leon, founders of the Portucalense County; monarchs like Alfonso II, Sancho II, Isabella of Aragon; nobles like Leo of Rosmithal and Cosimo II de Medici and chroniclers like Jerome Münzer, Claude Bronseval or Nicola Albani.

The popularity and heyday of the Portuguese Way (and the Camino de Santiago in general) fell from the seventeenth century, with the arrival of major events such as the French Revolution, Luther’s Protestant Reformation or the liberal disentailments of the nineteenth century. This set of events brought famine, plagues, wars, droughts and bad harvests, which caused pilgrimages to remain in the background.

Already in the 20th century, the apparitions of Fatima in 1917 contributed to the decline of the Jacobean fervor. This caused religious interest to focus on this small region, which became a place of national worship in Portugal.

The late twentieth century saw the resurgence of the Camino de Santiago, and therefore, of the Portuguese Way. In 1993, coinciding with the Xacobean Holy Year, the Public Administrations and the Associations of the Camino de Santiago in northern Portugal and Galicia made an effort to promote the Camino de Santiago: they distributed promotional material, improved signposting, created tourist offices, etc.

This work paid off, as the number of pilgrims on the Camino gradually increased thereafter. The improvement of the conditions of the routes, with the increase in accommodation, signage and itineraries caused an effect that today places the Portuguese Way as the second most frequented route.




Tips if you are going to do El Camino Portugués

What is the best time of the year to do this route?

The best time to do the Portuguese Way depends, of course, on each pilgrim’s personal preferences and travel conditions.

Each season has its own advantages and challenges. Even so, we recommend the spring and autumn seasons to walk the Camino, as the Portuguese Way is usually less crowded and the weather conditions are more favorable for walking.

Keep in mind that in summer the Portuguese Way is especially busy, as it usually coincides with the vacation months in Europe. On the other hand, in winter, temperatures can be cold, most accommodations are usually closed, and you may encounter challenging weather conditions.

Tips for walking the Portuguese Way

The Portuguese Way of St. James is an ancient pilgrimage that offers a unique and enriching experience. Although doing the Camino de Santiago is an experience in principle, assumable for everyone, you should keep in mind several things that will help you prepare before venturing on the Camino:

  • Train physically if you are not used to walking long distances. Walk daily 2 or 3 months before starting your pilgrimage).
  • Carry only the essentials in your backpack. Avoid carrying unnecessary things to avoid fatigue and stress.
  • Choose good shoes that you have used before. The best option is a pair of light and comfortable low or mid-calf hiking boots.
  • Drink between 250 ml and 500 ml of water half an hour before starting to walk. Also, try to eat foods rich in carbohydrates and minerals, as they will help you regain energy after the walk.

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