The Camino Portugués

The Camino Portugués

About the time we came up with our brilliant plan we watched the movie The Way, which inspired us to one day walk the Camino de Santiago, (because apparently selling everything and moving to Budapest wasn’t crazy enough). This inspiration was reinforced by the odd coincidence that during our travels around Europe we have encountered the Camino seashell markers in unlikely places and at most unexpected when we got lost biking around Bruges, Belgium and stopped to get our bearings, looked down and there was a bronze scallop embedded in the cobblestones at our feet and a sign that said 2446 kms to Santiago de Compostela. FYI, we decided not to start our pilgrimage in Bruges…

The more seashells we found, the more determined we became to take on this quest and so the research began. There are over a dozen pilgrimage routes, the French Way (detailed in the movie) is the best supported. It is also the most popular, over 250,000 people will walk the French route this year.  We decided we are possibly a little too anti-social to tackle the French Route at this time.

On September 10, 2014 we flew to Lisbon, Portugal to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela via the Camino Português. The Camino Português starts in Lisbon, Portugal and ends in Santiago de Compostella, Spain after travelling 615.6 kilometers (382.5 miles). We were planning on taking four weeks to make the trip, actual ETA in Santiago was more like five weeks due to blisters, food poisoning and rain (lots and lots of rain). We weren't moving fast, but we were carrying the GPS and of course eating and drinking. We arrived in Santiago de Compostela October 11, 2014.

Below is a summary of the route we walked and each day has its own page with the gps route a description of what we can remember and recommendation for what we would do differently. (It is a work in progress, eventually we will get to all the days…)

The day by day GPX files for the route we walked can be accessed here

The GPX files for the route we WISH we had walked can be accessed here.

Buen Camino!

The Camino Português (The Marc and Julia Way…)

Before we get started…Click here for a summary of lessons learned (aka what we wish we knew before we started walking…

Day 1: Lisbon via train to Azambuja, then walking to Santarem

Day 2: Santarem to Golega

Day 3: Golega to Tomar

Day 4: Tomar to Ansiao

Day 5: Ansiao to Condeixa-a Nova

Day 6: Condeixa-a-Nova to Coimbra

Day 7: Coimbra to Mealhada

Day 8: Mealhada to Agueda

Day 9: Aqueda to Albergaria-a Velha

Day 10: Albergaria-a Velha to Sao Joao da Medeira

Day 11: Sao Joao da Medeira to Girjo

Day 12: Girgo to Porto

Day 13 and 14: Rest days in Porto

Day 15: Porto to Vila do Conde

Day 16: Vila do Conde to Barcelos

Day 17: Barcelos to Ponte de Lima

Day 18: Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes

Day 19: Rubiaes to Valenca (last night in Portugal)

Day 20: Valenca to Redondela (first day in Spain)

Day 21: Redondela to Pontevedra

Day 22: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Day 23: Caldas de Reis to Padron

Day 24: Padron to Santiago

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