The Camino Portuguese from Coimbra

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The Camino de Santiago from Coimbra

Distance: 127 Km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 532€ per person

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The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) from Coimbra to Porto is part of the Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way): The third section of the Portuguese Way, from Coimbra to Porto, begins in the city of Coimbra, famous for its University that has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Our route will continue towards the north of the Atlantic coast until reaching the city of Porto.

We will walk through vineyards and quiet forests, along river valleys and ancient Roman roads, passing through a variety of small towns and villages.

We will finish our tour in the center of Porto, an impressive city that has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is also famous for its fine wine.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Coimbra

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Coimbra

Coimbra is a city with lots of energy and was previously the capital of Portugal. Coimbra has a very well preserved Gothic cathedral and is home to the University of Coimbra dating back to the 13th century, one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Coimbra was included on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2013. In Coimbra we can enjoy a multitude of cultural events.

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From Coimbra to Mealhada - 23km

Once we leave Coimbra, our route will continue along rivers following a relatively flat path, after which we will make our way up to Cioga do Monte. Along this route we will be able to see remains from the ancient Roman road. We will spend the night in Mealhada, an area famous for its vineyards.

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From Mealhada to Águeda - 25km

This part of the route is easy and we will get the chance to see some of the most beautiful vineyards. During today’s route we will make it to the city of Avelas de Caminho, whose history is closely tied to the Camino de Santiago. We will spend the night in Águeda, on the banks of the Certima River.

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From Águeda to Albergaria A Velha - 17km

Today’s route will be relatively easy and short. We will follow the old Roman road, Vía Romana XVI, through eucalyptus and pine forests. Then we will cross a Roman bridge over the Marnel River before arriving at Albergaria-a-Velha.

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From Albergaria A Velha to São João da Madeira - 29km

Once we leave Albergaria-a-Velha, we will continue our route through forests until reaching more urban areas in the northern part of the Coast of Beira. We will pass through the historic town of Oliveira de Azeméis, where we recommend visiting the Mother Church of São Miguel. Once we leave Oliveira we will continue to follow the trail up and down small hills until arriving at São João da Madeira.

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From São João da Madeira to Grijó - 16km

Today’s route takes place in urban areas, however we will still be following the original route of the old Roman road. We will pass through the town of Arrifana with its beautiful blue church. The last part of the route will gradually take us downhill to the Monastery of São Salvador de Grijó that dates back to the thirteenth century.

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From Grijó to Porto - 16km

Along this route we can enjoy the refreshing breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean on our way to Porto. Porto is famous for being the capital of Port wine. We will follow our route towards Vila Nova de Gaia, crossing the fantastic bridge known as Ponte Luiz I in Porto to reach the city’s historical center. Porto has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Porto

Porto’s historical center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. You will love visiting Porto. We’ll have the chance to enjoy the colorful banks of the Duero River with its vintage boats, the local atmosphere and its exquisite cuisine.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Coimbra

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Coimbra

INCLUDED SERVICES

Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €144 per person.

Extra night in Coimbra: €55 per person.

Transfer from Santarém to Coimbra: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

About the Camino Portuguese from Coimbra

From Santiago Ways we want to talk about one of the most attractive routes that exist among the alternatives of the Camino de Santiago. In particular, we refer to the stage from Coimbra to Oporto, which is part of the so-called Camino Portugues. We want to talk about what are the most important reasons to make it as well as all the information necessary for any pilgrim. We hope that it helps.

En Coimbra

Why choose the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra a Oporto?

First of all, we want to talk about some of the reasons why we do this route of the Camino. Each of the possible routes has its particular charm. So, we want to show you some of the attractions that this particular one has:

1.-The city of Coimbra: One of the most interesting points of this route and, in general, of all the possible things we can do in the Camino de Santiago is the city of Coimbra. It was the scene of many wars, especially during the Middle Ages, and is, in fact, one of the most important and strategic points in the history of Portugal and what came to be called the Kingdom of Galicia during the Middle Ages. Today it is a city named as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

2.-Nature: One of the great incentives that the Camino Portugues, and especially the stretch between Coimbra and Oporto has, is the great beauty of the whole environment. In fact, we will travel through one of the greenest areas of Portugal, a country that itself is very beautiful due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean which gives it such a distinctive climate. You can enjoy beautiful meadows, beautiful forests and pleasant walks on the shores of tranquil rivers.

3.- Infrastructure: One of the advantages that the Camino Portugues has acquired in recent years has to do with the infrastructure and the endowment for the Pilgrim that is being implemented lately.

Indeed, although before the dominion in this direction of the Camino Frances was indisputable, in recent times the Camino Portugues is catching up and is becoming by itself a great alternative to that especially for those who want to take on this adventure for the first time.

It has good signposting, and well-endowed to be able to supply everything you need along the way and, in general, everything that any pilgrim may need in an accessible and affordable way.

4.-Less saturation: The main reason why more and more pilgrims are encouraged to do the Camino Portugués and especially the route from Coimbra to Oporto, is that this alternative does not have as many pilgrims as the well-known Camino Frances. That means that along the route we can enjoy more tranquillity and, consequently, a more conducive experience to enjoy the nature that awaits us and the wonderful heritage of the route.

5.-History: Although before we talked about the historical importance of the city of Coimbra, the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto has a huge cultural heritage ready to surprise us. Indeed, this route connects with the deepest aspects of Portuguese history and traces its origins back to the Middle Ages.

For this reason, throughout the tour, we will be able to enjoy the great artistic, historical and cultural heritage of some of the most beautiful places of the neighbouring country. For example, the first stage, from Coímbra to Mealhada, we will be able to walk on our way along a Roman road or later visit the incredible Villa de Oliveira de Azeméis.

Information about the route of the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto

The Route of the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto is one of the possible alternatives of the Camino Portugues. It is, in fact, its third section and begins in the emblematic city of Coimbra, whose university has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The route takes you to the north of the Atlantic coast until you reach the magnificent city of Oporto.

Oporto

Along this route, we can go through beautiful natural places of such beauty that, as we said previously, are an incentive to make this Camino.

It Is a route of 110 kilometres, making it quite achievable for most pilgrims in terms of duration. As we have said before, it is well-endowed in terms of infrastructure (one of the most important points to consider if you are going to make the Camino de Santiago for the first time). It is not too crowded and, at the same time, it has mild temperatures throughout the year by crossing the Oceanic climate zone.

Route of the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto

Maps of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto

Now, we enclose the maps of the route of the Camino de Santiago Portugues. We do so with the intention that you can plan your own route better and at the same time visualize everything that awaits you ahead.

Coímbra - Mealhada

Map stage from Coimbra to Mealhada

Mealhada - Águeda

Map stage from Mealhada to Agueda

Águeda - Albergaria A Velha

Mapa Agueda a Albergaria A Velha

Map stage from Agueda to Albergaria A Velha

Albergaria A Velha - São João da Madeira

Mapa Albergaria a Velha a Sao Joao da Madeira

Map stage from Albergaria a Velha to Sao Joao da Madeira

São João da Madeira - Grijó

Mapa Sao Joao da Madeira a Grijo

Map stage from Sao Joao da Madeira to Grijo

Grijó - Oporto

Mapa Grijo a Oporto

Map stage from Grijo to Oporto

Profile of the Camino from Coimbra to Oporto

Here is the information regarding the profile of the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto. With it, we want to make it easier to understand its difficulty and the relative toughness of its stages.

We can anticipate that in any of the variants of the Camino de Santiago Portugues there is no route that has special difficulty in this way, on the contrary, specially indicated routes for beginners or for those who want to live the adventure regardless of age and state are indicated.

Coímbra - Mealhada

Perfil Coimbra a Mealhada

Profile stage from Coimbra to Mealhada

Mealhada - Águeda

Perfil Mealhada a Agueda

Profile stage from Mealhada to Agueda

Águeda - Albergaria A Velha

Perfil Agueda a Albergaria A Velha

Profile stage from Agueda to Albergaria A Velha

Albergaria A Velha - São João da Madeira

Perfil Albergaria a Velha a Sao Joao da Madeira

Profile stage from Albergaria a Velha to Sao Joao da Madeira

São João da Madeira - Grijó

Perfil Sao Joao da Madeira a Grijo

Profile stage from Sao Joao da Madeira to Grijo

Grijó - Oporto

Perfil Grijo a Oporto

Profile stage from Grijo to Oporto

Stages on foot on the Camino de Santiago from Coímbra to Oporto

We also talk about what are the stages that we will travel in this Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto. It is important to know this information in order to plan our route with as much detail as possible.

Stage from Coimbra to Mealhada

Stage from Mealhada to Agueda

Stage from Agueda to Albergaria A Velha

Stage from Albergaria A Velha to São João da Madeira

Stage from São João da Madeira to Grijo

Stage from Grijo to Oporto

How long does the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto take?

As we have said previously, the length of the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto is 110 kilometres. This length can be traversed in a total of 8 stages with its corresponding 7 nights. Although later we will talk about what is the most suitable time of year to make the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto, we must say that this duration is perfect to be able to undertake the road in any of the holiday periods that are presented throughout the year.

Best time to do the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto

It is true that when choosing which is the best time to make the Camino de Santiago, in general, each person's own taste should prevail. However, although it is true that regardless of what we seek, every season of the year has some advantages that others do not have. That is why we want to talk about the advantages of each season to make this section of the Camino de Santiago as well as the points they have against them.

We hope that it will help you to get an idea about when to start your own adventure.

Spring

In spring, climate instability can increase. Indeed, the risk of precipitation increases greatly, and we must, therefore, increase our planning. That is why we recommend carrying some luggage for the possible rain although the temperatures will be mild.

In a way, in the oceanic climate, there is not much seasonality, so it is neither too hot nor too cold. Yes: one of the strengths is in the explosion of colour that awaits us thanks to the profuse vegetation spread throughout the route. With Santiago Ways it is possible to avoid the main problem of this time of year: the lack of accommodation.

Primavera Costa de la Muerte

Summer

Summer is the most popular time among pilgrims. This is because it has mild temperatures and at the same time it is when we all have more time to plan any kind of route. Thus, it also increases the influx of pilgrims so making your pilgrimage with Santiago Ways is a guarantee to enjoy the best accommodation and the best care.

On the other hand, during the summer the temperatures are fresh on the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto: This is due to the great proximity of its lands with the Atlantic Ocean. This is why it is a good time to escape warmer temperatures in the rest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Autumn

Again, autumn is a season where precipitation instability increases. The temperatures are still mild, but we must take into account this factor for the rain. So that we don't get caught off guard we simply have to increase our planning.

On the other hand, its main advantages are two-fold. First, the number of pilgrims who travel the Camino de Santiago Portugues desde Coimbra. decreases. Also, all its natural landscapes are stained with the beautiful shades of this beautiful season offering a great delight for our senses.

Winter

Although winter could be categorized as the season for the more adventurous, it has been gaining prominence for several reasons in the case of the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto. The first of them has to do with that on this route the temperatures are much milder than in other routes like for example that of the Camino Primitivo. In fact, by going near the Atlantic Ocean this contributes to the milder temperatures.

On the other hand, the Christmas break means that many pilgrims are encouraged to enjoy an idyllic setting adorned with the beautiful lighting of these festivities. So, considering that this route can be done in 8 days, there are many reasons to enjoy its magic during the winter. And of course it must be added that during this period the level of occupation descends.

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago Portuguese from Coimbra to Oporto

We want to talk about what are the most interesting places along the route of the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto. These places include not only those that have a special interest in heritage and art but also we also wanted to include the best restaurants that you can find during the route as well as the accommodation where you can stay with Santiago Ways.

Places of interest

First, we will start talking about what are the most interesting points for those who want to visit sites of special charm. We Include some natural and also patrimonial environments.

Mealhada and its vineyards

One of the most important attractions of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra is in its green surroundings. In the case of the town of Mealhada, this is clearly seen: it is a locality where we can enjoy its spectacular vineyards and a bucolic and beautiful environment in its historic quarter. You cannot miss it and in fact, if you take a while, we recommend you visit some of its wineries.

The Arrifana coast

This beautiful town has one of the most beautiful coasts that can be visited throughout the Iberian Peninsula. It's worth it, after the tour or even during the same, spending some time for ourselves on it. We will be able to enjoy all the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and a refuge to enjoy its splendour.

Vila Nova de Gaia

By far, this location is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Regardless of if you have some gems among your heritage that we cannot miss, its streets and its architecture are by themselves a reason to enjoy it with a simple walk. The Bridge of Don Luis I or the Palace of the Clerics (a magnificent building that perfectly mixes several of the most influential architectural styles in Portugal) are two indispensable stops on your route.

Where to sleep – The best hotels

We want to show you now some of the accommodations where you can stay with Santiago Ways. The accommodation has been selected with the utmost care so you can enjoy all the attention you deserve.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

We also give you some suggestions for the best places to eat during your route of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto.

Rodrigues do Bacalhau

In Cioga Do Monte, one of the rural villas that which we passed on our route, we can find this magnificent establishment specializing in fish and of course in cod, one of the Portuguese specialities. If you want an affordable place to enjoy it in the midst of a nice and cosy family atmosphere, don't miss this place.

Taberna dos Mercadores

This cosy Establishment offers us some of the best specialities of the gastronomy in Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto region) in an informal atmosphere and with a warm and very careful guest service. It is a good place to enjoy the specialities of Portuguese cuisine.

All in Porto

This restaurant has an international vocation and is, in fact, one of those responsible for having made Oporto one of the most outstanding gastronomic cities in Europe. We recommend you to visit It and let yourself be surprised by its fresh and striking menu.

Origin of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe went through, in general, a period of great instability. In the case of the Iberian Peninsula it was also necessary to suffer the invasion of the so-called barbarous peoples (Swabians, Alans and Vandals) that left practically nothing standing of what was the Roman legacy. However, something that did survive was their roads. They were the starting point for the route of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto.

In the Middle Ages the pilgrimage began to Santiago and Coimbra was a compulsory place to pass by being one of the most vibrant and safe cities of that time. It must be thought that the Camino de Santiago in general and especially the Camino de Santiago Portugues was not just a religious route: it was above all a commercial route that, in large part, connected Portugal with its neighbouring Spain.

The Portuguese Camino from Coimbra with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino de Santiago Portuguese from Coimbra

Other sections of the Camino de Santiago Portuguese

Other sections of the Camino Portuguese coastal route

Other users’ opinions about the Camino de Coimbra to Oporto

We also want to offer you the opinion of other users who have made with us the Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Oporto. You may end up convincing yourself of everything that awaits you if you make your pilgrimage by the hand of Santiago Ways.

Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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Photos and videos of the Camino de Santiago from Coimbra to Oporto

Finally, we enclose some pictures and videos of the Camino de Santiago de Coimbra to Oporto to give you an idea of everything that awaits you with Santiago Ways.

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