-A Taste of Portugal and Spain-

The Camino Portugues begins in Porto, home of the famous Port wine, and later enters Spain. Leaving Porto, you can either take the route along the coast or walk inland on the traditional way. Nevertheless, both ways pass vineyards, picturesque villages and important cities like Port, Tui and Vigo; and sandy beaches invite you to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Whichever route you choose,the strong community of pilgrims, the tasty Portuguese food and the refreshing Vinho Verde will make this trip a great experience!

Read about the history of the Camino Portugues

The devout Portuguese started walking to Santiago de Compostela soon after the discovery of St. James’ remains. The Portuguese Queen Isabel walked the Camino Portugues in 1325, after the death of her husband, King Denis. The route of the Portuguese Way follows old Roman streets, established in the 1st century AD. Many of the cities along the way also go back to Roman times and are filled to the brim with history and cultural gems.
Since medieval times, it is believed that some pilgrims decided to walk along the coast. This alternative has also become very popular in the last ten years and accommodation and signposting has immensely improved. Whichever way you choose, it is a special experience to cross the border between Portugal and Spain by foot and see the architectural style, cuisine, and culture slowly change along the way. As civilisation is always nearby and the infrastructure is particularly good, this is a great route for beginners.

Though most pilgrims start walking in Porto, the capital, Lisbon, has become more and more popular as a starting point. Even though many parts of the way are sign-posted, the fact that this route often follows paved freeways discourages many pilgrims from walking here. There have been attempts to improve routes and more guesthouses have opened along the way. The route from Lisbon is especially interesting for religious pilgrims, as it leads through Fatima, a city that is itself known for many Marian apparitions.

Coastal Route

Part 1: The Camino along the coast

Porto to Vigo

You will start this trip in Portugal's cultural capital Porto. Take a day to explore the city before you take the Metro to the coast. From now on, you will rarely stroll far from the sea, and get to enjoy tasty seafood, a fresh breeze in your face and the great vibe of this coastal Camino. Read more...

Tour 2: Through Galicia towards Santiago

Vigo to Santiago

Behind Vigo, the Camino finally leads away from the coast. It unites with the traditional Camino in Redondela and you will now walk on the historic tracks of pilgrims through the green hills of Galicia all the way to Santiago de Compostela Read more...

Traditional Route

Tour 1: The Caminho in Portuguese

Porto to Tui

The Camino Portuguese has become popular for good reasons: The traditional route leads over green hills, through shadowy forests and medieval towns. The natural beauty is as much a reasons to choose this route as the great infrastructure and the many friendly pilgrims on the Camino Portuguese. Read more...

Tour 2: Through Galicia's vineyards

Tui to Santiago

From the bustling city Tui on the border sto Spain, you will follow quite roads towards O Porriño. Galicia in Spain offers fertile and green hills as well as hearty cuisine and good wine. Read more...