A Pilgrim’s Guide to Camino Portugués:
A journey of 616 km (383 miles) through stunning unspoiled countryside starting in Lisbon. Alternatively 240 km (149 miles) from the medieval heart of Porto thence winding its way up through northern Portugal to cross over the rio Minho into Spain at Tui.
There are many pilgrim paths to Santiago but there is none more soulful and significant than the Portuguese Way. And there is none so intimately connected with the actual life and ministry of St. James as well as his death and burial. It was here that he first preached Christ’s message in Iberia and it was also along this route that his body made its last journey to Libredon, later to become known and loved all over the world as Santiago de Compostela. Little wonder that it has become the second most popular pilgrim route to Santiago (after the Camino Francés).
The 3rd edition released in 2011 includes route finding information and accommodation details for the section from Lisbon to Porto which now has been fully waymarked. However, pilgrim facilities are still limited on this section so it should only be contemplated by experienced walkers with a good level of fitness and a reasonable grasp of the Portuguese language.
Along this route lies Monte Santiaguiño where St. James first preached his Master’s lesson of unconditional love and forgiveness, helping to write the first pages of the Christian story. This pivotal event is represented on the front cover photo. And now this historic route is shaking off centuries of slumber and ready to play its part again in the great flowering of human imagination and consciousness …so like a latter day Rip Van Winkle we rise to dust off our boots and join the merry band of pilgrims making their way up through the welcoming beauty and peace of Northern Portugal to the city of St. James in neighbouring Galicia.