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Walking the Camino de Santiago is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience, whatever your motivation: discovering a top hiking gem in Europe, or setting off on a spiritual journey.
In fact, the Camino is a whole network of routes, all of them developed during the Middle Ages, criss-crossing Western Europa, but all leading to one place: Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, where the remains of Saint James the Apostle are kept in the magnificent cathedral church.
The Portuguese route may not be the most famous section, but it has a lot to offer along its 640 kilometres ( if you start it in Lisbon). The Coastal way is a particularly beautiful stretch: a nice, quiet spot near the Ocean, off the central way to Santiago.
The other nice thing about the 150 km long “Caminho Português Da Costa”, is that the ten municipalities of the area managed to agree on a common objective: have it recognised as European Cultural itinerary (a classification that the French managed to get for their sections). With this in mind they joined forces and managed to get substantial EU funding to promote their coastal path.
Follow our our travellers on the Camino with historian Pedro Brochado who met with them in his home town of Vila do Conde.
The Portuguese municipalities have developed an app which can guide any hiker safely along the way, pointing out useful information like where to find the next pharmacy.
It can be downloaded via the website of the ten municipalities. Check it out and see what the coastal part of the Portuguese coastal part of the Camino has to offer.
And here is an overview of the entire Portuguese Camino.