The Caminho Português Traditional Route is the favorite of the renowned novelist Paulo Coelho. The Camino Portugues is a remarkable journey, enjoyed by many. Along this route you will dine on some of the best food and wine Portugal and Spain have to offer. The residents you may encounter feel a special devotion to Saint James and often will offer encouragement to those travelling to Santiago. The Portuguese Way is an authentic and culturally rich experience and one that should be experienced at least once.
The Portuguese Way is the second most popular camino in terms of numbers of pilgrims. While the whole Camino Portugues has its starting point in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, most pilgrims start their trip from Portugal’s second largest city, Porto.
This route gently winds its way northwards, along ancient roads and paths that run through woodland, farms, villages, towns and historic cities. Some of these paths cross creeks and rivers flowing under several bridges of medieval Roman origin. This is a Camino enriched by the presence of chapels, churches, convents, shrines–stone altars usually found at crossroads and wayside crosses, where the comforting image of Santiago the Pilgrim is ever-present.
The hospitality offered by the people is proverbial.