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Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

Camino de Santiago desde Lisboa

Tour Description

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River, it is one of the most popular starting points of the Portuguese Way, the second most popular route after the French Way.

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon to Santiago promises an enriching experience, ideal for pilgrims looking to get to know the Portuguese culture and gastronomy in depth. During this journey, pilgrims will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and traditions of each region as well as savour the delicious Portuguese and Galician gastronomy creating a unique sensory experience.

From Lisbon, the Portuguese Way invites pilgrims to explore Portugal through breathtaking landscapes, towns and cities such as Santarém, Coimbra and Porto, with their lush forests and vineyards; and the green and charming Galicia as they follow in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

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 route of the Portuguese Way, one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago. During this itinerary, which lasts 16 days, you will cover approximately 640 kilometres in 15 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: Lisbon - Vila Franca de Xira

The Portuguese Way starts from Lisbon’s Sé-Catedral. From there, we will enter the charming Alfama district and then explore the modern Parque das Nações, which was built for the 1998 International Expo. After crossing under the Vasco da Gama Bridge, we will continue along the banks of the Tejo River, walking along wooden footbridges and dirt paths, surrounded by beautiful riverside scenery.

Stage 2: Vila Franca de Xira - Azambuja

The second stage of the Portuguese Way crosses a mixture of rural landscapes and small villages. This stage offers us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in authentic Portuguese life as we walk along quiet paths and dirt roads.

Stage 3: Azambuja - Santarém

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 4: Santarém - Golegã

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 5: Golegã - Tomar

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 6: Tomar - Alvaiázere

This stage starts along a beautiful path next to the river Nabão and then crosses pastures with holm oaks, olive trees and some pines. You will also find orchards and fruit trees scattered along the way. This stage is long and demanding, with constant ups and downs.

Stage 7: Alvaiázere-Alvorge

We will walk along paths between holm oaks and olive trees, enjoying the natural beauty. However, there will also be the usual stretches on asphalt. The day ends in Alvorge, a charming village with white houses and a very welcoming atmosphere for pilgrims.

Stage 8: Alvorge - Cernache

The first kilometres of this stage are truly magnificent and undulating, undoubtedly the best since leaving Lisbon. In addition, in Rabaçal and Conímbriga you will find remains of its Roman past, and we recommend that you do not miss them!

Stage 9: Cernache - Coimbra

This short stage ends in the beautiful city of Coimbra, the first capital of the Kingdom of Portugal after its independence from León in 1139, which is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and has a lively student atmosphere.

Stage 10: Coimbra - Sernadelo

In some sections of this stage we will walk along tracks of fine sand, as if we were on the beach, surrounded by pine and eucalyptus trees. A curiosity: between Mealhada and Sernadelo we will find a succession of themed restaurants, all specialising in suckling pig.

Stage 11: Sernadelo - Águeda

In this stage we will have to walk several kilometres on asphalt, passing through industrial estates and road verges. At the end of the stage, Águeda awaits us, a charming village known for its incredible street art.

Stage 12: Águeda - Albergaria a Velha

The exit from Águeda offers two options: walking along the road or crossing an industrial estate. It is a relaxed and rural section, where we can immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of the Portuguese landscape.

Stage 13: Albergaria-a-Velha - São João da Madeira (Couto de Cucujães)

This stage combines urban and rural landscapes, giving us a varied experience on our way to Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 14: São João da Madeira (Couto de Cucujães) - Grijó

This stage combines urban and rural landscapes, giving us a varied experience on our way to Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 15: Grijó - Porto

In this stage we will walk along a stretch of Roman road through a forest and then enjoy the fantastic entrance to Porto, crossing the bridge of King Luís I over the Douro river (called Duero in Spain).

Stage 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: : 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 20: 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 21: Rubiaes - Tui (20 km)

Stage 21: Rubiaes – Tui (20 km)

Stage 22: 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 23: O Porriño – Redondela (16 km)

This stage continues through the beautiful landscapes of Galicia overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Along the Way, small villages and hamlets dot the landscape, where we can rest and recharge our batteries as we head towards our goal: the town of Redondela, one of the most important stops on the Portuguese Way.

Stage 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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.
Difficulty profile route Portuguese Way from Oporto

Difficulty

The route of the Portuguese Way from Lisbon has a distance of approximately 640 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.

Unevenness

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 or between Tomar and Santarém; 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.

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

History of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

The Camino de Santiago originated in the 9th century when the remains of the Apostle were discovered in Santiago de Compostela. The news quickly spread around the world, becoming an important centre of pilgrimage.

The historically and culturally rich city of Lisbon plays an important role in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, being the starting point for many pilgrims.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history dating back 3000 years. Its history is linked to its strategic position at the mouth of the Tagus River, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, and being at the southwestern tip of Europe, it was a strategic point for trade routes with Africa and America, which contributed to its cultural richness and diversity over the centuries.

Towns to visit on the Way of St. James from Lisbon

Coimbra

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

Porto

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.

Barcelos

One of the most important cities in the field of Minoan art and part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. One of its most emblematic elements is the Barcelos cockerel, a symbol of Portugal’s identity, linked to the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago by an ancient legend in which it saved the pilgrim from an injustice.

Tui

Tui on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon
Considered one of the main cities of the Kingdom of Galicia in the Middle Ages, Tui has an imposing historic centre, declared a Historic-Artistic Site.

A small town whose border location means that it is considered to be ‘the gateway to Galicia’ from the Portuguese Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela. It preserves its medieval historical-artistic ensemble and the Diosano Museum, formerly a hospital for pilgrims, which can be visited today.

Redondela

Charming village located in the province of Pontevedra, at the mouth of the river Verdugo, in a privileged natural environment. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage, which makes it a destination where you can discover the beauty and authenticity of Galicia.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon
With its charming old town, lively squares and delicious gastronomy, Pontevedra invites you to immerse yourself in a world of tradition and modernity.

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 historic 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 deSantiago from Lisbon

San Simón Island

At the end of the Vigo estuary is 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 Way of St. James from Lisbon

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.

University of Coimbra

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

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the University of Coimbra is one of the most outstanding buildings in the city 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 María de Tui

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Santa María is one of the most important buildings on the Portuguese Way.
Despite being predominantly Romanesque in style, it has Gothic influences, with its entrance standing out, considered to be the first Gothic-style 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 important 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 the pilgrims from Baiona to Santiago; its peculiar scallop-shaped ground plan, symbol of excellence of the pilgrims on the Way of St. James, in which a cross is inscribed, stands out.

What to do on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon?

Taste the local gastronomy

Taste the delicious Portuguese and Galician gastronomy in the different towns and cities along the Way. You can taste traditional dishes such as cod, pastel de nada and octopus á feira.

Explore the culture of the Camino

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 www.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 ww.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 de Santiago desde Lisboa

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 595 Km
STAGES: 27 Stages
DURATION: 28 Nights
DIFICULTy: 4/5
START: Lisbon
PRICE: desde 2380€

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