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The Portuguese Way is the collective name for the various routes of the Way of St. James from several places in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

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The Portuguese Way (Portuguese: Caminho Português, Galician: Camiño Portugués, Spanish: Camino Portugués) represents approaches from the south to the Way of St. James (Portuguese: Caminhos de Santiago, Galician: O Camiño de Santiago, Spanish: Camino de Santiago), a Roman Catholic pilgrimage. Catholics believe that Santiago de Compostela holds the tomb of Saint James, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.


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Pilgrims typically begin their journey in Lisbon or Porto.


Yellow arrow and modern, stylized scallop shell route marker.

The route is marked with yellow arrows and scallop shells. Recently-placed shell markers have a modern, stylized appearance. Older markers look more like real scallop shells.

Caminho Central PortuguêsEdit

The Central Portuguese Way is the main route through Portugal, from Lisbon to Porto, then continuing north into Spain. Following are the major cities from south to north.


  • 1 Lisbon   (Portuguese: Lisboa) — The way begins at Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa).
  • 2 Coimbra
  • 3 Porto
  • 4 Ponte de Lima


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