The Portuguese Way - Camino de Santiago
Santiago de Compostela
The Portugese Way is approximately 610km long, starting at Lisbon Cathedral. Portugal’s capital is home to several World Heritage sites. The second most popular route for the Camino, the pathway traditionally takes Portuguse pilgrims north across beautiful countryside passing rural and villages such as Sanatrem and Coimbra enroute to the riverside city of Porto.
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. Caminho da Costa gained prominence in the 15th Century with pilgrims visiting increasingly important coastal towns such as Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde.