My Camino Portugués Stages

The route I walked on the Camino Portugués Central is highlighted in red and the cities I stayed in are underlined on the map below.

Caminho Portugues Central (See below for map without highlights)

* See below for a full map without highlights

Below is the list of my Camino stages with the length of each as per my tracking app (AllTrails App) and the Brierley guidebook respectively. This is just to show that the number of kilometers you actually cover may differ from what guidebooks tell you!

Day 0: Pre-Camino Logistics: Getting from Lisbon to Camino Starting Point
Camino Eve: First night Bom Caminho: A Ponte de Lima Jazz Serenade
Day 1: Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes (21 km, 18.1 km)
Day 2: Rubieas to Valença (17 km, 19.3 km)
Day 3: Redondela to Pontevedra (22.5 km, 19.7 km)
Night 3: Pontevedra: A Peregrina Paradise (9 km)
Day 4: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22 km, 21.6 km)
Day 5: Caldas de Reis to Padrón (18.7 km, 18.1 km)
Day 6: Padrón to Santiago (27.4 km, 24.9 km)
Night 6: Friday night in Santiago – Pilgrim mass and getting my Compostela
Day 7: Santiago Highlights: Hospedería San Martín Pinario, A Pilgrim’s Paradise
Day 7: Santiago Highlights: Free Walking Tour and Secretos de Galicia
Day 7: Santiago Highlights: Pilgrim Lunch at the Parador
Day 8: Santiago Highlights: Plaza del Obradoiro
Day 9: Santiago Highlights: The Cathedral, from Roof to Crypt

Post-Camino Reflections

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Santiago

Porto Memories (from my Pre-Camino Tour of Portugal)
Six Bridges Cruise and Porto at Night
The Cathedral
J. K. Rowling Hangouts, Majestic Café and Livrario Lello
São Bento Railway Station
Porto Walking Tour
Stock Exchange Palace
Ferreira Port Cellars Tour and Tasting

As much as I would have loved to walk the Camino from Porto, like most people I met, I only had one week to get to Santiago. Pilgrims with limited time usually start in Tui, on the Spanish side of the border, which qualifies for the 100 km minimum one needs to cover to get a Compostela certificate. However, after talking with some Bay Area pilgrims who walked the Camino from Lisbon, I decided to start in Ponte de Lima so that I could walk two days in Portugal before crossing the border. I’m really glad I made that decision because it was a beautiful place to start! I gave myself the flexibility to skip a stage if I needed to, and I played this ace card on the third day, when a rain storm hit in Valença. I heard that the walk leaving Tui has little to be desired, as with any big city on the Camino. I also saw warnings posted in albergues about route detours around O Porriño. I didn’t want to navigate through this mayhem in the rain so I looked for an alternative way to go farther north along the route. I caught a train from Valença to Redondela and picked up the route from there. Skipping this stage also allowed me to arrive in Santiago on Friday, in time for the pilgrim mass at the cathedral.

I had some beautiful walks, met wonderful people, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The only downside of the Camino was that it was over too fast! But that’s okay because, like most pilgrims, I plan to return again.

Before my Camino, I had the opportunity to take a tour of Portugal with my mom, so we saw a lot of the beautiful country before we parted ways in Lisbon. See Pre-Camino Tour of Portugal.

Map without highlights

CaminhoPortuguesCentral

12 thoughts on “My Camino Portugués Stages

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  2. I just found your blog and am enjoying all your great writing! I’m doing a little research, have wanted to do the Camino for a long time and met a new friend that was raving about the Portuguese Way. then I was thinking that well, it’s the 100th anniversary of Fatima and I’ll be so close! I’m flying in from Chicago so the ticket prices are similar. Am I being too ambitious?

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    • Heather,
      Be ambitious. It’s a great opportunity. I went to Fatima last year before my Camino. And you can’t go wrong with Portugal, or walking a Camino. Did you have a specific concern? Let go and let God.
      Laurie

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  4. I plan on walking the full Camino Portuguese starting April 5 th….Is the first section as isolated as I have read a couple of times
    I have done Camino Norte and Camino Frances
    Thanks !!!

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  5. Hey Laurie! Thanks for all this useful information 🙂 I live in Sebastopol, Ca (we are practically neighbors!) and plan to solo-walk the Camino during the month of Aug. From what I can tell, a lot of other people will be walking the Camino during August as well and finding a bed on the Camino Frances could be a challenge…so I am investigating the Camino Portuguese route instead. I do want to socialize a bit, but prefer a quieter experience, I think…but, truth be told, I don’t really know because I have never done this before! Any suggestions?!?

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    • Hi NorCal neighbor! The best suggestion I can give is to keep researching Camino routes and follow your intuition. The more you learn about options and think about your own preferences, the clearer your answer will be. According to the latest statistics, both Frances and Portugues routes are very crowded in August. See https://thecaminoprovides.com/2017/01/31/30-years-of-pilgrim-statistics/

      Some people like doing the Primitivo, Norte, or Via de la Plata routes to avoid crowds. I’ll be doing the Camino Ingles soon. I recommend the Camigas and Camino Planning groups on Facebook where you can learn about the different Caminos and ask questions. Feel free to attend any of our Camino and hiking events in the Bay Area. I post a monthly roundup on this blog at: https://thecaminoprovides.com/category/camino-events/

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      • Laurie, thank you very much for your response! I have looked at the links you sent and will try to make it to the hike this Saturday.
        After I posted the comment to you, I went for a hike and thought about the whole trip…..and decided that I already had the time off work and have read several books about the Camino Frances….and I was just going to trust that my initial plan is the plan I will keep. I am not going to put effort into controlling it or making it be something other than what i fear it might be (super crowded etc..) It will be what it will be and all of it will be just what I need. I am letting go and trusting the process! (sigh of relief)
        Just want to express my appreciation for all of the helpful and interesting information you provide. Thank you so very much!!

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