As you probably know, we feel a special connection with the Portuguese Camino de Santiago (or The Portuguese Way). This pilgrimage route to Compostela usually begins in Lisbon, Porto or Tui, each one slightly closer to the destination, although there are also other options such as the Camino that starts in Faro (which is in the south of Portugal) and goes to Lisbon.
This option, Faro-Lisbon-Porto-Tui-Compostela is fantastic if we have all the time in the world, because we get to visit all of Portugal, from bottom to top, through areas that are really worth seeing.
It goes without saying that Portugal is a true natural beauty.
If we don’t have as much time, or we don’t feel like doing such a long route, another fantastic option is to start in Porto and continue walking towards Santiago.
A good Camino
The Portuguese Way to Santiago is comfortable and isn’t too difficult for those who decide to walk it. It should be noted that most sections have local bars and grocery stores where we can buy food and some of our necessary equipment, meaning we won’t have to carry excess weight in our backpack apart from what is strictly needed.
If we start the Portuguese Way in Porto, we will find a number of public pilgrim shelters and an increasing number of private alternatives. The only drawback we’ve found on this route with regards to hostels is that in high season they can’t meet the needs of all the pilgrims and we will probably end up having to improvise if we don’t book our accommodation in advance. If to you improvising seems like part of the magic of the Camino, then it’s likely you’re going to find that magic that on the Portuguese Way!
If improvising isn’t for you then you can make a reservation in advance, or you can contact us if you prefer us to organize it for you!
The road on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago
We must be careful, however, with the roads, as this route entails walking a fair amount of distance on roads, mostly smaller roads that don’t have a shoulder, where we will have to pay a lot of attention to the possible traffic, in addition to keeping in mind that the Portuguese have somewhat chaotic driving habits so to speak, compared with many other European countries.
In any case, we shouldn’t be afraid because in addition to the fact that the Portuguese are very respectful people in general, they are also used to seeing elderly people that live nearby travelling on these roads. This is also the case in Galicia, where drivers are used to the villagers walking the roads on foot and are careful when they see a passerby. The most important thing is to just be careful!
It’s worth noting that the signage on this Camino is very, very good and all the pilgrims who have travelled it agree with us on this point.
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