The Camino Portuguese from Santarem

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The Camino de Santiago from Santarem

Distance: 110 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 Santarém to Coimbra is part of the Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way): The second section of the Portuguese Way, from Santarém to Coimbra, begins in the beautiful city of Santarém and heads through the interior region of Portugal to the city of Coimbra.

This region of Portugal has a wonderful history and traditions. We will walk through quiet farming fields and cross beautiful historic villages such as Santarém, Tomar or Coimbra.

In Coimbra we will be able to visit the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in the world, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June of 2013.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Santarem

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Santarém

In Santarém we can enjoy the feeling of an ancient Arab city with its narrow 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.

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From Santarém to Golegã - 29km

Once we leave Santarém, we will walk along the banks of the Tagus River in a north-west direction. We will cross small villages and farmlands where we will see many horses and bulls, as this region is famous for their breeding. Although the walk is quite long, it’s relatively easy and completely flat.

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From Golegã to Tomar - 13km

We will leave the beautiful city of Golegã in the direction of “Quinta da Cardiga”, one of the most beautiful manor homes in the country. From Quinta da Cardiga we will continue to walk through quiet villages until we reach the historical city of Tomar, where we should visit the Praza da República.

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From Tomar to Alvaiázere - 31km

Our route will continue through beautiful forests crossing ancient Roman roads and agricultural paths. This route from Tomar to Alvaiázere is one of the most difficult of the entire Portuguese Way, however it is extremely rewarding.

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From Alvaiázere to Ansião - 32km

After leaving Alvaiázere, the trail begins with a steep climb which then proceeds to gradually head downhill. The rest of the day’s walk will take place among hills, olive groves and farmlands until arriving at Ansião.

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From Ansião to Condeixa A Nova - 32km

Along this route we will have the opportunity to cross the “Ponte da Cal” bridge that dates back to the seventeenth century. Our route will be surrounded by many trees, in particular eucalyptus, pine and olive trees. These trees will give us a break from the sun throughout the day’s travels. We will walk along this route until we reach Condeixa-a-Nova.

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From Condeixa A Nova to Coimbra - 16km

We will continue our route through the beautiful countryside dotted with vineyards, olive groves and forests. We will make our ascent to Alto de Cruz de Mourocos before continuing downhill to Coimbra. Coimbra is a beautiful city, full of energy and with one of the oldest universities in Europe. The University of Coimbra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013.

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Coimbra

Coimbra is a vibrant city and was formerly the capital of Portugal. It has a 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. We can enjoy a multitude of cultural events in Coimbra.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Santarem

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 Santarem

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 Porto: €55 per person.

Transfer from Porto (Airport included) to Coimbra: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

About the Camino de Santiago from Santarém

The Camino de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra is part of the Camino Portugues de Santiago. This is the second section after starting in Lisbon. It finishes its tour in the emblematic city of Coimbra, having started in Santarém, no less beautiful.

We want to talk about what are the main reasons to complete the route as well as all the information necessary to complete it. Remember that with Santiago Ways everything is easier on the Camino.

En Coimbra

Why do the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra?

1.- Little overcrowding: One of the biggest advantages of the Camino Portugues ahead of other possible routes is that it does not have so many pilgrims. This allows us to enjoy all its beauty with calm and without agglomerations. With this and with the help of Santiago Ways we will have no problem in enjoying the best accommodation along the route.

2.-Good infrastructures: although in the past the Camino Portugues de Santiago was not as well conditioned as the Camino Frances, over time, and especially with the investment of the Portuguese government, this has changed. Today it has good communications, roads and especially good signposting.

3.-It is ideal for those who do it for the first time: one of the advantages of the Camino Portugues de Santiago in front of other routes is its ease.

It is a road that has hardly any climbs due, in large part, to pass in a stretch near the Tagus River and on the rest near the coast, near sea level, therefore. That makes it ideal for those who want to start progressively on the route.

4.- Gastronomy: this is a point that is gaining importance, especially on this route. When we make the effort of each one of the stages the quality of the gastronomy becomes an increasingly important factor. One of the attractions of the Camino Portugues is the great gastronomic richness it presents.

La gastronomia portuguesa

Along its route, we can taste Portuguese specialities and see them with our own eyes for a large part of the so-called "The Garden of Portugal".

Information about the route of the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

As we have said, the Camino de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra forms the second section of the Camino Portugues. It goes from Santarém to Coimbra, two cities of great beauty. Of course, from Coimbra it is possible to continue on our way to Santiago. This road has a great history and a very close attachment to tradition.

We find ourselves surrounded by the Portuguese interior, rich in wonderful villages like Tomar, that will make our pilgrimage an unforgettable experience. As a point of special interest, we must highlight the city of Coimbra, which we will talk about later, declared a World Heritage site in 2013.

The most reserved routes on the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

We want to talk to you now about the most reserved routes within the options available on the Camino Portugues de Santiago. We will also explain the reasons why they are the most popular and the ones that most people choose.

Camino Portugues from Oporto

The Camino Portugues from Oporto has a length of 120 kilometres divided into 8 stages. From this city, a World Heritage site, we cross a wide variety of landscapes that range from farmland and forests to beautiful viewpoints.

One of the reasons why it is so popular is that it is an excellent opportunity to get to know the city of Oporto and enjoy the best aspects of the route. In addition, it connects the Camino Portugues with Spain, in the city of Tui, in the autonomous community of Galicia.

Camino Portugues from Tui

For those who want to continue the Camino de Santiago to reach their final destination, they must continue from Tui. This is a border town with Spain that has great beauty. It was once the only possible way to make the Camino Portugues.

Tui

So, as we travel through it, it is inevitable not to live the whole history of the route itself. A great part of its journey is right beside the coast, so another of its attractions is the excellent climate that we encounter.

Route of the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

Maps of the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

Below, we attach the maps of the route of the Camino Portugues between Santarém and Coimbra. With this, we hope you have all the information you can to plan your route and get an idea of everything that awaits you.

Santarém - Golegã 

Mapa de Santarem a Golega

Map stage from Santarem to Golega

Golegã  - Tomar

Mapa de Golega a Tomar

Map stage from Golega to Tomar

Tomar - Alvaiázere

Mapa de Tomar a Alvaiazere

Map stage from Tomar to Alvaiazere

Alvaiázere - Ansião

Mapa de Alvaiazere a Ansiao

Map stage from Alvaiazere to Ansiao

Ansião - Condeixa-a-nova

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Map stage from Ansiao to Condeixa a nova

Condeixa-a-nova - Coímbra

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Map stage from Condeixa a nova to Coimbra

Profile of the Camino Portugues from Santarém

Now, we will talk about the profile of the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra. With this we want you to get an idea of how difficult it is. We anticipate, however, that the Camino Portugues is much simpler in this sense than most alternative routes like the Camino del Norte or the Camino Primitivo.

Santarém - Golegã 

Perfil de Santarem a Golega

Profile stage from Santarem to Golega

Golegã  - Tomar

Perfil de Golega a Tomar

Profile stage from Golega to Tomar

Tomar - Alvaiázere

Perfil de Tomar a Alvaiazere

Profile stage from Tomar to Alvaiazere

Alvaiázere - Ansião

Perfil de Alvaiazere a Ansiao

Profile stage from Alvaiazere to Ansiao

Ansião - Condeixa-a-nova

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Profile stage from Ansiao to Condeixa a nova

Condeixa-a-nova - Coímbra

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Profile stage from Condeixa a nova to Coimbra

Stages on foot

We attach below what are the steps to take during this route so you can have all the necessary information about it.

Stage from Santarém to Golegã.

Stage from Golegã to Tomar.

Stage from Tomar to Alvaiázere.

Stage from Alvaiázere to Ansião.

Stage from Ansião to Condeixa-a-nova.

Stage from Condeixa-a-nova to Coímbra.

Stages by bike

We also talk about what are the stages in case you want to complete the Camino de Santiago by bike.

How long does the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra take?

The length of the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra is 110 kilometres, which are distributed in 8 stages with 7 days. In the case of doing it with Santiago Ways during those nights, you will stay in the best hotels along the route.

This time can be halved in the case that you finally do it on by bicycle. The time it takes on this road is perfect not only for the summer, but also for the Christmas break and even for Easter. Due to the profile of the route of the Camino de Santiago from Santarém the whole route is made that little bit easier.

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

We want to talk to you now about what are the best months to do this route of the Camino de Santiago. It is true that in the decision will depend much on the taste of each pilgrim because each month has some advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, we will explain them to you what they are.

January

In January the temperatures on the Camino Portugues de Santiago are mild due to the Atlantic area, which does not happen on other sections of the road. The last days of the Christmas break are a good time to undertake the pilgrimage.

Camino costa

February

The month of February experiences an increase in temperatures, making the route more enjoyable. However, there is a higher risk of precipitation.

March

During the month of March, you can begin to feel the influence of spring. That makes the temperature more benign and at the same time brings an explosion of unmatched colours.

April

More and more pilgrims are making their Camino in April taking advantage of the Easter break to make this route.

May

During the month of May, everything is colourful and the abundance of vegetation makes this route become especially fresh. There is, however, a risk of precipitation that we can reduce with good planning.

June

It is a month especially suitable for those who can start their summer holidays early to avoid overcrowding.

July

The month of July is perfect because it coincides with the festivities of Santiago de Compostela, in case you decide to continue your way to the Galician capital. The festivities are between the 15th and the 31st of this month.

Dia del Apostol Santiago en la Catedral

August

It is the month preferred by many pilgrims because they have more time and the weather conditions are unbeatable. The problem of overcrowding does not exist on the Camino Portugues, and even less if we do it with the help of Santiago Ways.

September

The oceanic climate carries with it deciduous vegetation. This colours the landscape with rich greens, yellows and browns during this autumn month. Spectacular views that you should not miss.

October

In October the autumn persists and, with it, the beauty of the landscapes that we cross along this route of the Camino Portugues. However, there is an increased risk of precipitation.

November

Temperatures decrease, but winters are generally mild throughout the region. You have to make plans for the rains.

December

Many people make their pilgrimage in December taking advantage of the Christmas holidays. It is a good time to live an unforgettable experience during such important dates.

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

Now, we will give you some of the most important places of interest in this Camino de Santiago from Santarém. There are some places of special artistic, monumental and cultural interest, as well as some of the most recommended restaurants on the route.

By the way, we will tell you about the best hotels: you will enjoy making the Camino Portugues de Santiago with Santiago Ways.

Places of interest

Santarém

The urban complex of the town of Santarém, as well as the nature that surrounds it, is of great interest. Among this nature that surrounds it, we must highlight the Pegadas da Serra de Aire, a magnificent natural environment in the enclave of a protected park.

As Pegadas da Serra de Aire

It is a great way to relax and live the deep connection with nature that the Camino de Santiago includes on all its routes.

Tomar

It is one of the stops on the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coimbra. It is a municipality that has a great architectural heritage where we must highlight several buildings. For example, the Convento de Cristo, which mixes several styles including the unmistakable Portuguese Baroque.

We also include the Castillo de Bode Dam, in a small isthmus in the city. Likewise, the Acueducto de los Pegões should not be missed.

Acueducto de los Pegoes

Coímbra

This city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It's no surprise as in accordance with all the patrimonial endowment that it possesses. To begin with, we recommend you to visit the Monastery of Santa Cruz, a unique jewel of its kind in a different artistic style that merges into a colossal façade.

The old Cathedral of Coimbra is another point of interest that cannot be missed. It is of the few Romanesque cathedrals still present in Europe and is very well preserved.

Coimbra also has Roman ruins in good condition that today are called Conímbriga, the remains of the original city. Finally, we suggest that you let yourself be carried away by this spectacular city and that you dedicate an improvised walk around its streets to take in all its beauty.

Restos de Conimbriga

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 all the routes of the Camino de Santiago. We make sure that you have the rest you deserve and so you can enjoy the most of your experience.

Origin of the Camino de Santiago Portugués from Santarém to Coímbra

The Camino Portugues de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra shares its origin with the Camino Portugues. It is a pilgrimage route inaugurated in the Middle Ages and undertaken by the Queen of Portugal, now declared Santa Isabel de Aragón. Her faith led her to travel all the way to Santiago to visit the tomb of the Apostle.

Later, there would be many nobles who would imitate it until the route became popular among all the Portuguese. It is a form of connection of Iberian culture in general and also became over time one of the main trade routes among the brotherly peoples.

Today it is gaining popularity ahead of other alternatives like the Camino Frances de Santiago. This has been possible in large part because of the great investment in the infrastructure by the Portuguese government as well as the excellent planning that has been made by it in order to make the most of the route.

The touring part of the interior of Portugal and part of the coast of the neighbouring country give the pilgrim a green experience. With Santiago Ways, you can have an unforgettable experience in your life with all the comfort and all the guarantees that we always give to take care of our pilgrims.

The Camino Portugues from Santarém with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino Portuguese from Santarém

Other sections of the Camino de Santiago Portuguese

Other sections of the Camino Portuguese coastal route

Other users’ opinions about theCamino Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

To know firsthand what other pilgrims think who have completed the Camino Portugues de Santiago from Santarém to Coimbra we leave some of their comments here. We hope they help you decide.

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 Portugues from Santarém to Coímbra

Finally, we want to show you some pictures and videos of the Camino Portugues from Santarém to Coimbra to see everything that awaits you.

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