Camino Portugues from Coimbra to Porto
Walk from Coimbra to Porto – Camino Portugues 3/5
The Portuguese Way became very popular after the country gained its independence in the mid 12th century. Nowadays, some people claim the Portuguese Way offers one of the richest cultural and architectural heritages of the whole of the existing Caminos. The Portuguese way starts in Lisbon and crosses the Alentejo and the Central and Northern regions of Portugal. It then enters Spain in Tui to continue North through Galicia and towards Santiago de Compostela!
Starting in Coimbra and continuing all the way up to Porto, this 3rd section of the Camino Portugues stretches between inland Portugal and the Atlantic coast. Here, the Camino brings us through history with such cities as Coimbra, the former capital city of the country and Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Between these urban areas, vineyards, river valleys and gently undulating woodlands are also part of the landscape and with reasonably lengthy walks, this walking holiday is accessible to anybody with a regular level of fitness.
Coimbra has always played an important role in history of Portugal and relics of the ancient times can still be seen in this lively city. Indeed, being the former capital city of Portugal, Coimbra is not only home to a 13th century university, but its cathedral is one of the best preserved gothic buildings in the country. As a university city, Coimbra has everything to entertain visitors, and it is also a great place to taste local wines produced in the area!
Coimbra to Mealhada (23km, 5h45)
Today is mainly a flat walk alternating between urban areas and river valleys. The only difficulty of the day might be the gentle climb up when leaving Coimbra and the Rio Mondego valley, up to Cioga do Monte. On thisstage, the Camino mostly follows an ancient Roman road even though nowadays very little of the original remains. We end the day in Mealhada, in a famous wine-growing area.
Mealhada to Agueda (25km, 6h15)
Leaving Mealhada, we continue to walk through pleasant vineyards with no particular difficulty, even though we spend most of the day on asphalt. On the way, the route runs through Avelas de Caminho, a city historically linked to the Camino. We finally reach Agueda, a town built on the banks of the Certima River.
Agueda to Albergaria A Velha (17km, 4h15)
This easy short stage presents no difficulty, the highest point of the day being our final destination in Albergaria A Velha. The most attractive part of the day runs through peaceful pine and eucalyptus woods, a leg of the Camino that follows the original Via Romana XVI, with a beautiful stone bridge crossing over Rio Marnel.
Albergaria A Velha to Sao Joan da Madeira (29km, 7h15)
We start this day walking along a lovely forest road through pine and eucalyptus woods and then the area becomes more urbanised as the Camino progresses further towards the North of the Beira coast and Porto. We also cross the charming town of Oliveira de Azemeis with its small yet pretty historical centre and Matriz de Sao Miguel church. The terrain also becomes more undulating and there is a bit of up and down across small hills, the highest point of the day culminating at a mere 220m in Sao Joao da Madeira.
Sao Joao da Madeira to Grijo (19km, 4h45)
This short stretch of the Portuguese Way mainly passes through urban areas but gives a chance for modern pilgrims to follow the original Calzada romana for a good while. Leaving Sao Joao da Madeira, we pass through Arrifana and go past its blue church. Soon we find ourselves walking on the well-preserved original cobbled Roman road. We then continue downhill towards the 13th century Monastery Mosteiro de Grijo. We will then transfer you to your accommodation back in Sao Joao de Madeira.
Grijo to Porto (15km, 4h)
For our final walking day, we will transfer you back to Grijo to continue the walk. Heading towards Porto, feeling the fresh breeze of the Atlantic coast as we get closer to the famous Port wine capital city. Today again, we will walk on an original Via Romana section in Perosinho before heading to Vila Nova de Gaia, the city facing Porto, on the other side of Rio Duero. Finally, we enter Porto via the majestic Puente D. Luiz I before reaching the city’s UNESCO World Heritage old town.
Porto. End of the Camino
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- To cycle it try through this section
To Coimbra and from Porto: Porto airport with British Airways, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).
Second option to Coimbra and from Porto: Lisbon airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).
You can fly either to Porto or Lisboa, as several different companies fly to both airports, directly from UK, Ireland, and main cities in Europe.
Ryanair fly direct to Porto from several cities in the UK and Dublin. Several other companies fly to Porto Airport. www.ana.pt
Virtually every company fly to Lisbon. www.ana.pt
To the beginning of the trip: Coimbra
From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, take either the Subway, linea violete (www.metrodoporto.pt), either an urban bus (www.stcp.pt). From here, several bus companies run to Coimbra (Approx. 1.5hr) with many departures a day. www.rede-expressos.pt. There are also many train departures to Coimbra all day long (Approx. 1hr). www.cp.pt
To Porto Airport: bus to Porto Airport (Approx. 45min), several departures a day. http://www.autna.com/en/timetable-and-fares/
To Lisbon Airport: by bus, take a bus to Lisbon bus station (Approx. 3.5hrs), regular departure all day long. www.rede-expressos.pt. There are also regular trains from Porto to Lisbon, all day long. www.cp.pt
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