Fitting conveniently into a two-week vacation, the Portugal Way is among the most sought after Camino de Santiago routes, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s more easygoing than the classic, mountainous French Way, with arresting scenery whether you take the coastal or the inland path; historic cities and villages that mean taking a rest day is very tempting; and wonderful cuisine all the way from Lisbon to Galicia.
Many Portugal Way pilgrims, on reaching Santiago de Compostela, turn around and walk right back again. And who could blame them?
This is a route charged with history, and walked by royalty. You can pass the place where Columbus arrived with news of the West Indies, make a detour to Fátima, explore beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and reward your efforts with fresh seafood in coastal communities, and superb local wines. Go in peace and, with this guide to the Portugal Way, go in confidence, too.