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Camino Portugués (Lisbon-Santiago): three MTBs and a campervan

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Distance
373.3 mi
Elevation gain
23,819 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
23,169 ft
Max elevation
1,211 ft
TrailRank 
43
Min elevation
0 ft
Trail type
One Way
Coordinates
26902
Uploaded
January 7, 2014
Recorded
January 2014
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373.3 mi

near São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisboa (Portugal)

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Itinerary description

This new adventure by Chilicampers will take you and your freshly hired campervan from Lisbon, Portugal, all the way across the country, northbound to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. You may have guessed it: we embarked on the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, on its Portuguese version.

There are many different approaches to one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages: the French Way, the Northern Way, on foot, horseback, and plenty of other options. We chose to take our mountain bikes and a Volkswagen California as a support car. A three person team, one would drive while the other two cycled, swapping positions after every stage.

Also, since Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela are more than 600km apart and our time was limited, we chose to do only the best stages –according to our book guide, the great "El Camino de Santiago Portugués", published by El País Aguilar-.

These are the stages we actually cycled:

Day #1: Lisbon-Alverca do Ribatejo
Day #2: Azambuja-Santarém-Golega
Day #3: Tomar-Alvaiázere-Rabaçal
Day #4: Rest day. Visit Coimbra and Porto
Day #5: Sao Pedro Rates-Barcelos-Ponte de Lima
Day #6: Ponte de Lima-Tuy (Galicia)

And we had to leave it here due to worsening weather conditions (this was done in winter). We hope to finish the route until Santiago de Compostela next year!

Although this wouldn't apply for a geniune St. James pilgrimage -shame on us!-, taking the campervan with us was a great choice, as we didn't depend on the very scarce pilgrim hostels and we could really pick the best routes along the way. We totally recommend it!

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Waypoints

Lisboa, Portugal

Rua Braamcamp 2, 1250-068 Lisboa, Portugal

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Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal

N10 16, 2615-341, Portugal

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Azambuja, Portugal

Rua D. Rolim de Moura 12, 2050-335 Azambuja, Portugal

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Santarém, Portugal

Avenida Sá da Bandeira 3, 2005-002 Santarem, Portugal

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Golegã, Portugal

Rua Frederico Bonachodos Anjos 55, 2150-190 Golegã, Portugal

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Tomar, Portugal

Rua Lopo Dias de Sousa 22, 2300 Tomar, Portugal

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Alvaiázere, Portugal

Rua Conselheiro Furtado dos Santos 31-39, 3250 Alvaiázere, Portugal

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Coïmbra, Portugal

Praça São José, 3000 Coïmbra, Portugal

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Coïmbra, Portugal

Praça São José, 3000 Coïmbra, Portugal

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Porto, Portugal

Rua Santa Isabel 125-135, 4050 Porto, Portugal

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Rates, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

Rua Senhor dos Passos 159, 4570-443 Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

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Barcelos, Portugal

Avenida da Liberdade 37, 4750-312 Barcelos, Portugal

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Ponte de Lima, Portugal

Rua Conselheiro António Ferreira 11, 4990-150 Ponte de Lima, Portugal

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São Bento da Porta Aberta, Portugal

N303 114, 4940-132, Portugal

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Tuy, Pontevedra

A-55, 36715 Tui, Pontevedra, Espanya

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Santiago de Compostela

Rúa do Vilar, 49-51, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Espanya

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