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The Portuguese Way (Camino de Santiago)

Camino Portugués

Lisbon / Porto
Santiago de Compostela

The Camino Portugues is the second most popular pilgrimage arriving at Santiago de Compostela, with 25% of pilgrims taking this journey. The route is approximately 630km long and takes 25-30 days, starting at Lisbon Cathedral in Portugal’s capital, which is home to several World Heritage sites. Another popular starting point for the Camino Portugues is Porto, though this route is much shorter at 280km, taking 12-14 days. Those who start in Lisbon will be visiting both cities during their pilgrimage. 

Another UNESCO listed town, Porto is the home of Port Wine and its medieval riverside district is one of the oldest centres in Europe. The 12th Century Porto Cathedral is a must visit before the path travels north along the Douro River, crossing five further rivers before reaching the border into Spain. 

Upon leaving Porto there is also the choice of taking a coastal path or the original central route can be taken into Spain. The coastal route gained prominence in the 15th Century with pilgrims visiting increasingly important coastal towns such as Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde.

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