Camino Portugués from Oporto to Santiago
The Camino Portugués from Oporto to Santiago (Camino Portugués central) is the most popular after the French Way (Camino francés). Actually, the Camino Portugues was the main Jacobean route in 19th century, due to the French Revolution and the presence of Napoléon’s troops in Spain.
History of the Portuguese Way
The relevance of his route starts after the independence of Portugal, in the 12th century. Proof of the importance of the Jacobean route in Portugal, are characters such as Doña Isabel de Portugal, in 14th century, and also known as “Raiña Santa” (Holy Queen). Or also King Manuel the 1st, during the 16th century. Both made a pilgrimage to Compostela. Isabel offered her crown in front of the altar of Santiago and later, she was buried with the pilgrim’s staff in Coimbra. After his pilgrimage, Manuel I ordered a lamp to be lit day and night in the Cathedral of Santiago, for which he fixed an annual income.
Traditionally, the Portuguese Way starts in Lisbon, but most often it starts in Porto or Tui. This option from Porto covers 112 kilometers, which we organize over a fortnight.
The Route of the Camino Portugués from Oporto to Santiago
On the Camino Portugués from Oporto to Santiago we cross the north of Portugal on a pleasant route with green hills and fantastic landscapes that lead us to the other side of the border, to the no less spectacular landscapes of Galicia.
We will mainly cross agricultural areas, grain fields, vineyards, an overall rather rural environment, but also very important places such as the city of Porto, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Ponte de Lima with its historical center.
In the Galician city of Redondela, the Central Portuguese Way (inland) and the Coastal Way connect and continue the common route to Compostela.