The Camino Portuguese from Lisbon

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The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

Distance: 85Km

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 394€ per person

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The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) from Lisbon to Santarém is the first section of the Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way): The Portuguese Way is the part of the Camino de Santiago that runs from the beautiful city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

The first part of the trail passes through a relatively urban area, however we will gradually make our way into farmlands known as “El Jardín de Portugal” or, “The Garden of Portugal”.

Throughout this first section of the Camino Portuguese, we will walk along the valley of the Tagus River, coinciding with part of the Camino de Fatima (Way of Fatima), famous for its pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Lisbon

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Lisbon

Lisbon is the bright and dazzling capital of Portugal situated in a privileged area, due to it being located where the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean meet, meaning that we will have the opportunity to relax by the sea and enjoy Portugal’s ‘City of Light’. Lisbon has many beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and squares. We will be able to visit the city on foot or take one of the many trams that cross the city. It is recommended that in Lisbon you visit the Castle of São Jorge and, if possible, we should make our way over to Belém to see the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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From Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia – 19km

Once we leave Lisbon, our journey will meet up with the famous Way of Fatima. This route is quite easy to walk as the trail follows the Tagus River through the Park of Nations. We will continue walking until reaching the small town of Santa Iria de Azoia.

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From Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira – 22km

We will leave Santa Iria de Azoia walking on a trail with a small hill before starting to head downhill once again in Póvoa de Santa Iria. From here we will follow our trail that borders the Tagus River. We will walk until reaching the beautiful city of Vila Franca de Xira, famous for its annual running of the bulls festival.

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From Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja – 20km

As we leave Vila Franca de Xira, we will continue our route heading towards Azambuja where we will cross a region famous for bull runs and horse breeding. We will continue on the path next to the Tagus River, which will stay with us until we arrive at Azambuja. Azambuja is famous for its running of the bulls, which takes place every year in the city streets.

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From Azambuja to Santarém – 32km

Once we leave Azambuja, we will continue our journey to Santarém, our final destination for this first section of the Portuguese Way. Santarém is located 360 feet above sea level and, before reaching the small town, you will get the opportunity to enjoy walking among vineyards, orchards, groves and farmlands.

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Santarém

In Santarém we can enjoy the feeling of the ancient Arab city with its narrow and cobbled streets. Here we recommend visiting the Portas de Sol gardens, a beautiful lookout from where we can watch the sunset and take in some incredible views.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Lisbon

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 Lisbon

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: €160 per person.

Extra night in Santarém: €55 per person.

Transfer from Lisbon (includes airport) to Santarém: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €24 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €18 per person.

About the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

We will talk to you following the first section of the Camino Portugues de Santiago. This route runs between the city of Lisbon and the town of Santarém. It does so through an idyllic environment that is precisely what we want to talk about in this introduction.

We will tell you what are the main reasons to make this route and at the same time, we will give you all the necessary information to complete it.

Why do the Camino de Santiago Portugues between Lisbon and Santarém?

1.- The landscape: One of the most important incentives to make the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Lisbon to Santarém is the surroundings. This particular section covers the interior of Portugal and runs along the banks of the Tagus River (in Portuguese, Tejo).

Vista del rio Tajo

The whole landscape is very colorful and green most of the year due to the oceanic climate that exists in the neighbouring country. It has abundant vegetation and the sound of the accompanying waters along the entire route.

2.-Little overcrowding: ahead of other alternatives of the Camino de Santiago, the Camino Portugues is not so crowded. This allows us to make the route more easily without finding some overcrowding. So, the completion of the route with us in Santiago Ways would not be in itself a problem.

3.-Infrastructure: The Camino Portugues has experienced in recent years an increase in the quantity and quality of its infrastructures. Although it is true that the Camino Frances was superior a few years ago regarding this question, the Portuguese government's commitment has revitalized it, making it advance in quality with good signs and good roads, as well as enough points for supplying all the needs of pilgrims.

4.-Ideal for those who start: Another reason to choose the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém is the low level of difficulty in their journey. It is therefore especially recommended for those who make the Camino de Santiago for the first time.

As it runs close to the Tagus River in its final stretch, the route will be close to level 0 (sea level), so there is no difficulty.

Information about the Camino Portugues from Lisbon a Santarém

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon to Santarém is the first stage of the so-called Camino Portugues. It starts from the Portuguese capital and ends its journey in the beautiful town of Santarém. Along the route, we accompany the River Tagus against the current and the places we cross are the most beautiful in Portugal.

It is possible to continue until Santiago de Compostela, always with the help of Santiago Ways. The magnificent balance on this route makes it a path that takes place in harmony between the urban and the rural, earning the nickname the area of the "Garden of Portugal ".

Part of the Camino Portugues coincides with the one that is made as a pilgrimage to visit the Virgin of Fatima, so we will be able to find pilgrims who revive the most ancestral spirit of the route.

Centenario Virgen de Fatima

The most reserved routes on the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

We want to talk now about two other alternatives within the Camino Portugues de Santiago. In particular, two of the most popular within this alternative. We will explain at the same time why they are so crowded and the reasons for this.

Camino Portugues from Oporto

The Camino Portugues from Oporto has a length of 120 kilometres divided into 8 stages with 7 nights. With Santiago Ways, you can spend them in the best hotels on the route. It forms the fourth section of the Camino Portugues and reaches the town of Tui.

The biggest claim it has is to travel much of its length alongside the coast, so the weather is good and beneficial for us. It is also an excellent opportunity to get to know the beautiful city of Oporto and the forests that we will find along the way.

Camino Portugues from Tui

The other more successful alternative on the Camino Portugues is the one that starts from the town of Tui. It is a medieval villa of impressive beauty and starts a route of 120 kilometres spread over 8 stages with 7 nights.

It is the last part of the Camino Portugues and ends in the town of Tui, which marks the border between Spain and Portugal, with a division on behalf of the River Miño. To move from one country to another we will cross the international bridge.

Over the course of the tour, you will also cross deciduous Atlantic forests that are especially beautiful during the autumn. We also pass through growing areas of magnificent exuberance. We can even enjoy the Oyster Festival in the town of Arcade or visit the wonderful city of Pontevedra.

Festival de la Ostra

Route of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

Maps of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

To follow, we attach maps of the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Lisbon to Santarém so you can have all the information you need for your pilgrimage.

Lisboa - Santa Iria de Azoia

Mapa de Lisboa a Santa Iria de Azoia

Map stage from Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia

Santa Iria de Azoia - Vila Franca de Xira

Mapa de Santa Iria de Azoia a Vila Franca de Xiria

Map stage from Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira

Vila Franca de Xira - Azambuja

Mapa de Vila Franca de Xiria a Azambuja

Map stage Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja

Azambuja - Santarém

Mapa de Azambuja a Santarem

Map stage Azambuja to Santarem

Profile of the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

In this section, we will talk about the profile of the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Lisbon to Santarém. We will show its altitude in each of the sections so you can get an idea of the difficulty of this route.

Now, we anticipate that it is not a difficult route and that, in fact, passing through areas near the river does not have much of a slope; it's close to its mouth. There are few climbs and it is at a low level, so the Camino Portugues is ideal for those who want to start this adventure.

Lisboa - Santa Iria de Azoia

Perfil de Lisboa a Santa Iria de Azoia

Profile stage from Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia

Santa Iria de Azoia - Vila Franca de Xira

Perfil de Santa Iria de Azoia a Vila Franca de Xira

Profile stage from Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira

Vila Franca de Xira - Azambuja

Perfil de Vila Franca de Xira a Azambuja

Profile stage from Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja

 Azambuja - Santarém

Perfil de Azambuja a Santarem

Profile stage from Azambuja to Santarem

Stages on foot

We now show you below the stages that exist for the pilgrimage by foot on the Camino Portugues Lisbon to Santarém so you know where we are going to travel and what environments you will get to know.

Stage from Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia.

Stage from Santa Iria de Azoia to Vila Franca de Xira.

Stage from Vila Franca de Xira to Azambuja.

Stage from Azambuja to Santarém.

How long does the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém take?

The length of this route is relatively short. But in general, the time it takes to complete your Camino will depend on you. It has a length of 85 kilometres divided into 6 stages with 5 corresponding nights. If you do it with Santiago Ways, you will spend them in the best hotels.

In the event that you make the Camino by bike, to answer the question of how long the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém takes, we will tell you that, normally, it takes half of the walking time. Between 2 to 3 stages in effect. This makes this way a good alternative to being able to carry it out during a long weekend or, in general, when we have a little amount of time available.

Best time to do the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém

Although it is true that the best time to make the Camino de Santiago, in general, depends on the tastes of each pilgrim, it must be added that some months are better than others in some respects. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages and is precisely what we will tell you below.

January

The month of January is usually cold in almost the entire peninsula. But this is not usually the case for Portugal because almost all of its territory is under the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. This means that in January it will also be a mild winter.

Oceano Atlantico

February

In February the temperatures rise a little but also the risk of precipitation is increased. To avoid its possible influence, nothing is better than good planning and go well equipped to make our route.

March

In the month of March spring arrives and the temperature becomes more pleasant. In the Atlantic areas that we are going through, there is always the risk of rain. Again, good planning will be our great ally.

April

One of the reasons for choosing the month of April is that Easter is celebrated. In fact, there are enough days normally to be able to complete the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém.

May

In the month of May, there is still a risk of precipitation. However, the temperature will be milder and there will be a burst of colours around us thanks to the abundant vegetation and the effects of spring.

June

In June the weather is excellent thanks to the beginning of summer. Whoever can take an early holiday must think about this month as an alternative.

Foto de un verano en Portugal

July

During the month of July, the festivities of Santiago de Compostela are celebrated. In particular, between the 15th and the 31st of July. So it is a good idea to start the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém and, if you like, you can continue the route to arrive in time to Santiago for those dates.

August

It is the preferred month for most pilgrims. This means that in other versions of the Camino de Santiago, crowding can occur. This drawback does not exist on the Camino Portugues, and much less with Santiago Ways.

September

As we have said, there is abundant vegetation along this road. The leaves begin to fall from the month of September, so this month is a good time to enjoy its symphony of colours.

October

The month of October continues with this symphony and can give us unforgettable memories in places of great beauty along our route in this section of the Camino Portugues de Santiago.

November

In November, the risk of precipitation is at its peak. Despite everything, the temperatures will be mild.

December

More and more pilgrims choose this month as a result of wanting to live their Christmas away from home and in environments like those offered on the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém.

Imagen de Lisboa en Navidad

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém

Next, we want to talk about some places of interest on this route. Among them are some cultural, patrimonial and artistic places of interest, as well as others where we can enjoy the best of the gastronomy of the area. Also, we will talk about the hotels where you will stay with Santiago Ways, the best on the whole route.

Places of interest

Lisbon

The city from which we start is by itself a very important place. In it, we can admire all its historical ensemble with jewels from different eras, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque and up to the contemporary age. We emphasize the Monastery of the Jerónimos of Belém, the Castle of St. George or the famous tower of Belém. You can't miss them.

Vista de la Torre de Belem

La Rivera del Tajo

Fortunately, the Tagus River is accompanying us along all the way. As we have said previously, on this Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém natural environments are more good reasons. That is why we recommend you not to miss any of the natural corners you will find.

Santarém

The town of Santarém is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. It has a clean light and a very attractive historical centre that evokes other eras. It is a great location to get lost in once we have completed our route.

En Santarem

Where to sleep – The best hotels

With Santiago Ways, you can have the peace of mind that you will be staying in the best hotels available along the route of the Camino Portugues de Santiago. We make sure that you have the rest you deserve and so you can enjoy the most of your experience.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

A Venda Lusitana: It is a very elegant restaurant located in the city of Lisbon. It is an excellent occasion to taste Portuguese specialities and, at the same time, to enjoy a romantic evening if we are not going to complete the road alone. It has an affordable price and service is excellent.

Tabernas do Quinzena: This tavern in Santarém is of the purest Portuguese style. It is adorned with wood and is certainly evocative. The staff are very friendly and at the same time, they can offer us all the specialities of the region's gastronomy and local products from their land.

Tabernas do Quinzena

Origin of the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santarém

The Camino Portugues finds its origin in the Portuguese pilgrims who wanted to visit the tomb of the Apostle Santiago from the Middle Ages. Gained in popularity since the Queen of Portugal, Santa Isabel de Aragón began the pilgrimage.

At the same time, it was used as a commercial route and as a cultural and historical connection between the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula. Although at first it could only be done through Tui, which was the only place that had a bridge to cross, the emergence of infrastructures began to make it possible for the whole territory.

The Camino de Santiago from Lisbon with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

Other sections of the Camino Portuguese

Other sections of the Camino Portuguese coastal route

Other users’ opinions about the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon

And to know first-hand what other pilgrims who have made the Camino de Santiago think of our service, we leave here some of their opinions to help you decide.

LUCIA CARABINE
LUCIA CARABINE
Fantastic service and Ylenia Conesa who handled the booking was a delight and very efficient
Jasmine Pantuso
Jasmine Pantuso
Santiago Ways, and our advisor Ylenia Conesa , provided an outstanding travel experience! Ylenia answered every question that I had during my trip planning process! The accommodations were absolutely charming, and the food was perfect! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
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 Lisbon

Finally, we want to share with you some pictures and videos of the Camino so that you get an idea of everything that awaits you throughout this adventure.

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