El Camino Portugués

Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days

Camino Portugués desde Lisboa Fácil

Tour Description

If you are thinking of doing the Portuguese Way from Lisbon but don’t have the time to do it in 27 stages, don’t worry! You can complete the route in just 17 stages, walking an average of 22 km per day.

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon will take you to discover charming Portuguese villages such as Coimbra and Santárem, as well as enjoy the delicious gastronomy, breathtaking landscapes and rich culture that Portugal has to offer. Once you leave Portugal, you’ll take in the natural beauty of Galicia as you continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela.

If you are worried about the stages being too long or if you prefer a more relaxed pace, remember that our itineraries are totally flexible, so we can split them in two or add extra nights for you to rest and go at your own pace.

Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon follows the Portuguese Way route, one of the most popular of the Camino de Santiago. During this 18-day itinerary, you will cover approximately 595 kilometres in 17 stages.

However, if you are worried about the stages being too long or if you prefer a more relaxed pace, remember that our itineraries are totally flexible, so we can split them in two or add extra nights for you to rest.

Stage 1: Lisboa - Santa Iria (25 km)

The first leg of our journey, starting from the Sé-Catedral, takes us through the picturesque streets of Lisbon, full of history and culture. As we move away from the bustling city, we enter more serene and rural landscapes. During this stage, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the Tagus River as we walk along paths that wind along its banks. We will also pass through charming villages and orchards, where we can admire the natural beauty of the region.

Stage 2: Azambuja - Santárem (33 km)

The first half of this stage offers some interesting spots as we walk along the banks of the River Tejo. However, the last 16 kilometres can be a challenge, as there are no towns and no shade. But don’t worry, because at the end of the road Santarém awaits us, a town full of history that will make you quickly forget the day’s efforts.

Stage 3: Santárem - Golegã (31 km)

This stage will take us through flat, sunny landscapes, surrounded by vineyards and cornfields. Although the routes may seem straightforward, it is important to always keep an eye out for signs at the crossroads. At the end of the day we will reach Golegã, known as the Lusitanian horse village, where everything revolves around the equine world.

Stage 4: Golegã - Tomar (31 km)

On this stage we will experience climbs and descents on dirt tracks, through eucalyptus forests and also some asphalt stretches. At the end of the road, Tomar, the historic city of the Templars, awaits us, which is really charming and very touristic.

Stage 5: Conimbriga - Coimbra (17 km)

As we make our way towards Coimbra, we are immersed in a charming rural landscape, with rolling hills covered with vegetation, fields of crops and forests. The route follows mainly footpaths and country lanes, allowing walkers to enjoy the tranquillity and natural beauty of the surroundings.

Stage 6: Porto - Fajozes (22 km)

The stage starts at the cathedral of Porto. After leaving the city centre behind, we will enter small rural areas where you can enjoy the serenity of the Portuguese countryside, with its green fields, vineyards and picturesque villages.

Stage 7: Fajozes - Arcos (11 km)

This is a short stage, as only 11 km separate Fajozes from Arcos. You will walk through wooded areas and small forests where you will find old churches and various historical monuments.

Stage 8: Arcos - Barcelos (20 km)

This stage alternates between tarmac and country roads. The day ends in Barcelos, a city with a great historical and cultural heritage that is worth visiting on arrival.

Stage 9: Barcelos - Ponte da Lima (32 km)

In this stage, the Camino runs through rural areas with moderate gradients in the interior of Portugal. However, we will face an ascent of almost 130 metres in Portela de Tamel, but it will be worth it, because when we reach Ponte da Lima, we will be able to enjoy this charming village, one of the oldest and most important in the country.

Stage 10: Ponte da Lima - Rubiaes (18 km)

This stage has some ascents for which it is advisable to be prepared. Along the route, we will discover a strong symbolism of the Camino de Santiago through chapels, crosses and hermitages.

Stage 11 Rubiaes - Tui (20 km)

Today’s stage finally takes us to Galicia, whose border is marked by the bridge linking Valença do Minho (Portugal) and Tui (Spain), where we can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. The end of the day takes place in Tui, famous for its natural beauty, unique culture and hospitality.

Stage 12: Tui– O Porriño (18 km)

We leave the town of Tui behind and head towards O Porriño along quiet trails that wind through lush forests and open fields. This serenity offers moments of peace and reflection as we make our way towards our destination.

Stage 13: O Porriño – Redondela (16 km)

During the stage, we will pass through the village of Pontesampaio, with a great historical past, known for being the scene of the Battle of Pontesampaio during the Spanish War of Independence in the 19th century. Upon arrival in Pontevedra, we recommend a visit to the Church of La Peregrina and its charming old town and lively cobbled streets.

Stage 14: Redondela – Pontevedra (19,8 km)

During the stage, we will pass through the village of Pontesampaio, with a great historical past, known for being the scene of the Battle of Pontesampaio during the Spanish War of Independence in the 19th century. Upon arrival in Pontevedra, we recommend a visit to the Church of La Peregrina and its charming old town and lively cobbled streets.

Stage 15: Pontevedra – Caldas de Rei (21,5 km)

In this stage, we leave Pontevedra to go to Caldas de Rei, known in Galicia for its spas. Along the way, we can stop to rest and enjoy the beauty of the Barosa River Natural Park.

Stage 16: Caldas de Rei – Padrón (18,6 km)

Today we will travel through small villages along the route until we reach Padrón, known for being the first stretch of land spotted by the ship that carried the remains of the Apostle Santiago. It is also the birthplace of great writers of Galician literature: Rosalía de Castro and Camilo José Cela; and where you can enjoy its famous peppers.

Stage 17: Padrón – Santiago (24,6 km)

Departing from Padrón, with its rich history linked to the Jacobean pilgrimage, we embark on the last stage that culminates in the emblematic city of Santiago de Compostela. Through rolling fields and forests, we reach Monte do Gozo, where we can see the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and finally arrive at the Plaza de Obradoiro, one of the most emblematic and symbolic places of Santiago de Compostela, located in the heart of the city and where its imposing Cathedral is located.
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The route of the Portuguese Way from Lisbon in 17 days consists of a distance of approximately 595 km with a moderate level of difficulty, where you can find some mountainous sections and significant slopes at the entrance to Galicia.

Route

The terrain of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon varies along the route, offering a variety of terrain from paved roads to hilly mountainous areas in certain parts of Portugal and Galicia.

Much of the Camino runs along rural paths, agricultural fields, meadows and forests, so you will walk on stony dirt tracks until you approach towns and cities, where you will progress along roads and tarmac paths.

The difficulty of the terrain can influence fatigue and walking speed, so we recommend adapting your pace to the conditions of the terrain.

Difficulty

The Portuguese Way from Lisbon has different characteristics along the route. The terrain can be undulating in certain areas such as in the vicinity of Coimbra and between Santárem and Tomar; although in some sections, especially in the Sierra de Labruja and between Redondela and Pontevedra and Monte do Gozo, already in Galicia.

Signposting

You can follow the route without any problem by following the signs that indicate the route: stone cairns, the iconic scallop shell tile on the facades of buildings or urban constructions, yellow arrows or bronze scallops embedded in the floors of the streets.

We recommend you to look for these signs among the rural urban geography to be able to follow the Camino to Santiago, as sometimes they can be hidden or covered by some element such as cars or people, making you follow the wrong way. If you arrive at a crossroads without any indication and you do not know how to continue, we recommend you to go back to the last sign you have seen to try to reorient yourself.

Important note:

You may come across signage in the shape of the iconic scallop but it may not be accompanied by a yellow arrow pointing the way forward. If this is the case, you should follow the open part of the shell, i.e. the semi-circular part with the largest diameter, as if it were an imaginary arrow.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

Towns you will visit on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days

Lisbon

Lisboa on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the most popular starting points of the Portuguese Way.

Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Its history dates back more than 3,000 years and it has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. Its streets are criss-crossed by the famous trams, symbols of the city and one of its inhabitants’ favourite means of transport.

Azambuja

This small Portuguese village is located in the Lisbon district and stands out for its historical heritage reflected in its monuments and buildings. Among them, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, from the 16th century and considered a Building of Public Interest; and the parish church of San João Batista, of great architectural value.

Santarém

Santarém, a small medieval town that takes us back to the Portugal of the Middle Ages, considered the capital of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Among its most outstanding heritage is the Convent of São Francisco and Jardim das Portas do Sol, delimited by ancient walls and with one of the most important viewpoints in the region.

Coimbra

Portugal’s former medieval capital for more than a century due to its historical and cultural importance during the Middle Ages.

Porto

Porto on the Camino de Santiago from Lison in 17 days
A World Heritage Site, Porto is a cultural and architectural treasure on the banks of the Douro River.

Portugal’s third most inhabited municipality, declared a World Heritage Site for preserving one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular starting points for pilgrims on the Portuguese Way.

Tui

A small town whose border location means that it is considered to be the ‘gateway to Galicia’ from the Portuguese Way of St. James. It preserves its medieval historic-artistic ensemble and the Diocesan Museum, formerly a hospital for pilgrims, which can be visited today.

Pontevedra

Also known as ‘Boa Vila’ Pontevedra is a city with a long maritime and mercantile tradition that preserves one of the most important and elegant historical centres of Galicia. With a close relationship with the Camino de Santiago, Pontevedra is considered the capital of the Portuguese Way to Santiago.

Padrón

Located 22 km from Santiago de Compostela, this town is linked to the apostle St. James, as his remains came from Jerusalem to this city. It is also known for being the home of two important writers: the poetess Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela.

Places of interest on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days

St. Simon’s Island

At the end of the Vigo estuary lies the island of San Simón, with a past shrouded in enigma and mysticism. It was a refuge for Templar knights and Benedictine monks during the Middle Ages and was attacked by pirates in the 16th century and a concentration camp during the Civil War. This island, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, although not directly on the Portuguese Way, many pilgrims choose to approach and visit this impressive place for its historical importance and cultural beauty on their way to Pontevedra.

Most important monuments on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days

St. George’s Castle in Lisbon

Situated on the highest hill in Lisbon, in the heart of the Alfama district, is St. George’s Castle, built in the mid-11th century during the Muslim occupation of the city.
It preserves 11 towers, courtyards, gardens and terraces with the best views of the Tagus River and the city, which has made it a National Monument.

La Sé de Santarém

This secular building, a former Jesuit College, is the city’s greatest exponent of religious architecture. Its Mannerist-style façade and the Diocesan Museum, which is housed inside and which you can visit on your visit to the city, are particularly noteworthy.

University of Coimbra

Coimbra on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days
The University of Coimbra dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most prestigious in Europe and Portugal.

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

Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Santa Maria is one of the most important buildings on the Portuguese Way.
Although it is predominantly Romanesque in style, it has Gothic influences, most notably its entrance, considered to be the first Gothic sculptural ensemble on the Iberian Peninsula. It also has a medieval cloister, the only one of its kind preserved in Galicia.

Church of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra

The church of the Pilgrim Virgin is one of the most symbolic and relevant buildings in the city of Pontevedra. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and an Asset of Cultural Interest, it combines late Baroque elements with Neoclassical forms, such as its main altarpiece, erected in the 18th century. It is dedicated to the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the province of Pontevedra and of the Portuguese Way, who guided pilgrims from Baiona to Santiago; its peculiar plant in the shape of a scallop shell, the symbol of excellence of the pilgrims on the Way of St. James, on which a cross is inscribed, stands out.

What to do on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon in 17 days?

Taste the local gastronomy

Taste the delicious Portuguese and Galician gastronomy in the different towns and cities along the Way. You will be able to taste traditional dishes such as codfish, pastel de nada and pulpo á feira.

Explore the culture of the Way

Along the Camino, you can visit a wide range of cultural and historical heritage such as churches, cathedrals and monasteries. You can learn about the history, architecture and culture of each region.

Enjoy wine tastings

Especially in the wine regions of Portugal, such as Alentejo and Douro, you will find wineries and vineyards where you can taste a wide variety of red and white wines. A unique experience that will undoubtedly enrich your journey along the Portuguese Way.

Frequent questions

From Madrid airport

By car or taxi: It is approximately 640 km to the centre of Lisbon with an estimated duration of 5 hours 40 minutes.
Bus: From the airport, you can take a bus (ALSA) to Lisbon with a duration of 10 hours 30 minutes. You can check their timetables and more information at ww.alsa.es

From Santiago de Compostela airport

Car: To the centre of Lisbon it is approximately 550 km with an estimated duration of 5 hours.
Bus: From the airport, take a bus line 6A that will take you to the Intermodal Station. Once there, you can take a bus (ALSA) to Lisbon Intermodal Station with an approximate duration of 9 hours. You can check timetables and more information at www.alsa.es

From Lisbon airport

Car or taxi: It is approximately 15 km to the centre of Lisbon, with an estimated journey time of 6 minutes.
Metro: You can take a metro towards Aeroporto-Saldanha, which takes approximately 20 minutes.
Bus: You can take a bus to Lisbon bus station, which takes 8 minutes. You can check timetables and more information at www.aeropuertolisboa.pt

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Camino Portugués desde Lisboa Fácil

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 595 Km
STAGES: 17 Stages
DURATION: 18 Nights
DIFICULTy: 4/5
START: Lisbon
PRICE: desde 1530€

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