The Camino Portugués
About the time we came up with our brilliant plan we watched the movie The Way, which inspired us to one day walk the Camino de Santiago, (because apparently selling everything and moving to Budapest wasn’t crazy enough). This inspiration was reinforced by the odd coincidence that during our travels around Europe we have encountered the Camino seashell markers in unlikely places and at most unexpected times...like when we got lost biking around Bruges, Belgium and stopped to get our bearings, looked down and there was a bronze scallop embedded in the cobblestones at our feet and a sign that said 2446 kms to Santiago de Compostela. FYI, we decided not to start our pilgrimage in Bruges…
The more seashells we found, the more determined we became to take on this quest and so the research began. There are over a dozen pilgrimage routes, the French Way (detailed in the movie) is the best supported. It is also the most popular, over 250,000 people will walk the French route this year. We decided we are possibly a little too anti-social to tackle the French Route at this time.
On September 10th we fly to Lisbon, Portugal to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela via the Camino Português. The Camino Português starts in Lisbon, Portugal and ends in Santiago de Compostella, Spain after travelling 615.6 kilometers (382.5 miles). We are planning on taking four weeks to make the trip, actual ETA in Santiago…um, we'll get back to you on that...
We will keep you posted as we make progress along the trail. First a day in Lisbon and then a day out to Sintra before we start the long walk. If anyone is going to be near our route in September or early October send us an email. We would love to meet up with all of you. In the meantime, we will be posting to our Facebook page and sending off the occasional tweet (ooh aren’t we just techno gurus).
We won’t be moving fast, but we will be carrying the GPS and of course eating and drinking.
Until then, Buen Camino!
The Camino Português (The Marc and Julia Way…)
Day 1: Lisbon via train to Azambuja, then walking to Santarem.
Day 2: Santarem to Golega
Day 3: Golega to Tomar
Day 4: Tomar to Ansiao
Day 5: Ansiao to Condeixa-a Nova
Day 6: Condeixa-a-Nova to Coimbra
Day 7: Coimbra to Mealhada
Day 8: Mealhada to Agueda
Day 9: Aqueda to Albergaria-a Velha
Day 10: Albergaria-a Velha to Sao Joao da Medeira
Day 11: Sao Joao da Medeira to Girjo
Day 12: Girgo to Porto
Day 13 and 14: Rest days in Porto
Day 15: Porto to Vila do Conde
Day 16: Vila do Conde to Barcelos
Day 17: Barcelos to Ponte de Lima
Day 18: Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes
Day 19: Rubiaes to Valenca (last night in Portugal)
Day 20: Valenca to Redondela (first day in Spain)
Day 21: Redondela to Pontevedra
Day 22: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
Day 23: Caldas de Reis to Padron
Day 24: Padron to Santiago
We plan to take at least two additional rest days along the way. We will stop when we need a break, if the weather turns nasty, or we come across someplace we want to spend more time. We may also hike for three additional days west from Santiago out to Finisterre on the west coast of Spain.