The Walking Pilgrim

Modern Routes - Route Details

Camino Portugués
Lisbon, Santarém, Tomar, Ansião, Coimbra, Oporto, São Pedro de Rates, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Valença, Redondela, Santiago de Compostela

Route map

Camino Portugués/Caminho Português is a generic term for various routes from Portugal.

This page concentrates on the main route Lisbon-Santarém-Tomar-Coimbra-Porto-Barcelos-Tuy-Santiago. Also called the Caminho Português Central or Camino Central Portugués or Caminho Real, a guide in either Castilian or Portuguese is available for download from the website of the Galician Amigos; or see site of Amigos do Caminho de Santiago da Lusitanea.

Between Lisbon and Santarém, and between Ansião and Porto, this route is coincident with the routes to Fátima developed by the Centro Nacional de Cultura, and marked with blue arrows in the direction of Fátima and yellow in the direction of Santiago. So, between Santarém and Ansião, pilgrims have a choice between a blue/yellow route via Fátima and a yellow route via Tomar.

For description and photos of the Porto-Valenca route, see the site of the Associação dos Amigos do Caminho Português de Santiago (Ponte de Lima) or the website of the Alberghe at Rates. There is further information on the stretch in Paredes de Coura on the website of the Camara Municipal.

For the Spanish section, the Camino Portugués, there is a guide on Mundicamino.

See separate pages for variants north of Porto: the Camino Portugués de la Costa, Porto-Braga, and Caminho Português do Norte/Camino Portugués del Norte.

Confraternity of St James produces English: guide | factsheet

Detailed mapping for sections (compare with list above):

  • Lisbon-Santiago de Compostela
kmcumul kmview on map
Lisbon8.678.67kml dump
Lisboa - Vila Franca de Xira_ verificado32.0040.67kml dump
Vila Franca de Xira - Azambuja _ verificado20.4861.15kml dump
Azambuja - Porto de Muge _ verificado16.8878.03kml dump
Porto de Muje - Santarem _ verificado16.4094.43kml dump
Santarem-Tomar62.80157.23kml dump
Tomar-Ansiao47.10204.33kml dump
Ansiao-Coimbra44.93249.26kml dump
Coimbra-Porto136.77386.03kml dump
Porto-Valenca122.71508.74kml dump
tui_oporriño16.98525.72kml dump
oporriño_redondela15.93541.65kml dump
redondela_pontevedra20.30561.95kml dump
pontevedra_caldasdereis20.77582.72kml dump
caldasdereis_padrón18.17600.89kml dump
padrón_santiago23.50624.39kml dump
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Kml dump of all mapped sections listed above


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- viewing all sections may take long time to load on slow lines and/or machines; overview loads quickly and is the recommended option
- OpenStreetMap/Bing/Google cover all countries; national topo maps only sections in that country
- there are separate pages for use in mobile devices - see blog post for more details
- a kml (Google Earth) dump can be loaded into a GPS device, either directly or using a conversion program such as GPSBabel or GPS Visualizer
- a height profile for individual sections is available in the route section popup
- * display of individual section does not work in popup on routes overview map

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