The Portuguese Way or Camino Portugués, is the second most popular route of the Camino de Santiago in number of pilgrims. Almost 60.000 walkers chose this route in 2017.
The origin of the Portuguese Way goes back to the XIV century, when the Queen Elizabeth of Portugal walked to Santiago de Compostela twice. The remains of Saint James de Apostle were supposed to be buried in Santiago, and this idea spread quickly across Europe. There was a real commitment from the Portuguese monarchs with the Camino de Santiago. In fact, one of the main streets of the old quarter of the city is called “A Raíña” (“the Queen” in Galician language), to honor the monarch.