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Guide for Hiking the Camino Portugués from Porto to Santiago de Compostela

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Out of all the Camino de Santiago trails, the Portuguese Way or Camino Portuguese is by far the most popular after the French Way. That’s thanks to its unique attractions, coastal beauty, and seaside towns.

The Camino Portuguese is a historic pilgrimage route that stretches from Porto (in this case) to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This scenic trail offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and spiritual significance.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a curious traveler, embarking on this journey promises an unforgettable experience.

Why Choose the Camino Portugués?

The Camino Portugués from Porto offers a compelling alternative to the more popular Camino Frances.

And here’s why you should consider this route, the Camino Portugués takes you through several different landscapes. From the lush vineyards of the Douro Valley in Portugal to the eucalyptus forests of Galicia in Spain, every step offers a unique view.

Not only that, but this trial has its origins back to the 12th century, offering unique and deep historical roots. A path that has been walked for centuries, leaving behind a rich amount of stories and traditions.

Along the way, you’ll find charming villages, medieval towns, and vibrant cities. You will be able to taste the local cuisine packed with fresh seafood, meet with locals, and soak in the authentic culture of both Portugal and Spain.

Also, while the Camino Frances can get crowded during peak seasons, the Camino Portugués offers a quieter experience. With this, I don’t say you won’t find any other pilgrim but you’ll definitely have more space to reflect and enjoy.

Choosing Your Starting Point

The Camino Portugués offers two popular starting points: Porto and Lisbon. Both offer unique attractions and the main difference is the length.

Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Porto: The traditional starting point, Porto is known for its historic charm, riverside views, and the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge.
  • Lisbon: If you prefer a longer walk, start from Lisbon. While it adds extra kilometers, you’ll explore the city’s neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and others

Trail Length and Duration

The Camino Portugués covers approximately 240 kilometers from Porto and around 620 kilometers (385 miles) from Lisbon.

Depending on your pace and daily distance, the entire journey can take anywhere from 10 to 30 days.

Accommodation Options

While you walk your way to Santiago de Compostela, you’ll find several places to stay from Albergues and hostels to guesthouses and hotels. You may need to book ahead on many occasions and calculate your walking pace in order to meet deadlines and get the most out of your money.

If you don’t want to avoid the hassle, you can book your whole trip with tour operators like Santiago Ways, which is focused on walking holidays.

Here is a quick review of each:

  • Albergues: These pilgrim hostels are budget-friendly and provide a communal experience.
  • Hostels and Guesthouses: For a bit more comfort, opt for private rooms in hostels or family-run guesthouses.
  • Hotels: If you prefer more amenities and privacy, choose hotels along the route.

Packing Essentials

The most important thing to do is pack, all successful journeys start with good packing. The first thing you need is a sturdy, well-made backpack that can resist the day-to-day hassle. Next, your best friend, invest in sturdy hiking boots, running shoes, or both in case you want to have backup. Make sure to try both of them for longer periods of time before heading to Portugal.

Pack lightweight, and moisture-wicking clothing. Is recommended that you dress in layers that will allow you to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Inside your backpack, put only the essentials, including a rain cover, water bottle, first aid kit, and a lightweight sleeping bag.