Walk the historic Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Porto
Discover Coimbra, the former capital of Portugal, and Porto, the world capital of Port wine
Get your boots on with our memorable Portuguese Way experience. More than a rural holiday, the Portuguese Way route of Camino de Santiago offers an intimate, life-changing journey across idyllic vineyards, lush forests, old villages and river valleys. Whether you're looking for spiritual or recreational quest, the medieval trails are a great way to gain an authentic and culturally rich experience in an off-the-beaten destination. You will begin in the riverfront city of Coimbra, following a fairly easy network of scenic hiking trails, with stops at Mealhada, Águeda, Albergaria A Velha, São João da Madeira, and Grijo. Your last stop will be in the coastal city of Porto, the world capital of Port wine with a UNESCO-recognized city centre.
Departs daily from January to December.
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Coimbra is a lively University city and former capital of Portugal. Before starting your Camino journey, make sure you visit its magnificently preserved Gothic cathedral and the university dating back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest in Europe. Coimbra’s University was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013.
Your first day walking the Camino Portugués takes you along valleys and also some urban areas along a relatively flat trail. There is an initial climb as you leave Coimbra up to Cioga do Monte. Throughout the day, you will see remains of the old Roman road. Your stop for the night is Mealhada, located in an area famous for its vineyards and wine making. (23 km)
Today, the Camino trail takes you through more pretty vineyards on a fairly easy trail. The route will take you to the city of Avelas de Caminho, with a strong historic connection to the Camino de Santiago, hence its name. Your stop for the night will be Águeda, on the banks of the Certima river. (25 km)
Today’s Camino stage is relatively easy and short, with only one climb at the very end of your day. This particular section of the Camino follows the ancient Roman road known as ‘Via Romana XVI’, through eucalyptus and pine forests. You will also cross a lovely Roman bridge over the Rio Marnel on your way to Albergaria A Velha. (16 km)
From Albergaria A Velha, the Camino takes you across more woodlands and gradually into more urban areas, in the northern part of the Beira Coast. You will pass the lovely historic town of Oliveira de Azeméis, where you should visit the Matriz de São Miguel church. From here, the Caminotrail heads across rolling hills, with the climb to São João da Madeira being the highest point of the day, at 220 m. (29 km)
Today’s stage of the Camino Portuguése is relatively short and travels through urban areas, but also follows a section of the original Roman road. You will pass the town of Arrifana with its distinctive blue church before making your way onto the preserved cobbled Roman road. The last stretch of the stage will take you gradually downhill by O Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó, dating back to the 13th century (here you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation for the night in Porto). (19 km)
In the morning, you will be transferred back to Grijó to continue your Camino. Today, you will enjoy the refreshing breeze of the Atlantic Ocean as you make your way to Porto, the world capital of Port wine. You will also follow another well-preserved Via Romana in Perosinho. You will then head to Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river Douro from Porto. Cross the fantastic Ponte Luiz I into Porto, to arrive in the historic city centre, a superb UNESCO World Heritage site. (15 km)
The old city centre of Porto has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. There is plenty to amaze you in Porto, from the colourful riverfront and the Douro river with its period Port wine boats, to the friendly locals and the tasty local cuisine.
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