What is the Portuguese Camino?

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Picture from: The Portuguese Way of St. James, Lisboa - Porto - Santiago Guidebook, by John Brierley

Picture from: The Portuguese Way of St. James, Lisboa – Porto – Santiago Guidebook, by John Brierley

The Portuguese Camino starts in Lisbon and travels north through Portugal and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, approx 613km or 381mi. According to the Confraternity of St James website,

“Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271 – 1336) used this route to make at least one pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.” http://www.csj.org.uk/route-camino-portugues.htm

I will be using the John Brierley guidebook, The Portuguese Way of St. James, Lisboa – Porto – Santiago,and Brierley states,

“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).” 

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