Things to do
Places to stay
25.10.2021 • 31.10.2021
Central Portuguese St. James Way
The Caminos de Santiago leading to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, cross Portugal from north to south and pilgrims have followed them for centuries. The pilgrimage tradition dates back to the Middle Age targeting the dazzling Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where we can find the tomb of the Apostle James, who evangelised the Iberian Peninsula when it was still a part of the Roman Empire. This week we follow the Central Portuguese Way starting in Lisbon across Tomar, Coimbra, Águeda and Albergaria-a-Velha. This is a journey across the most incredible landscapes. But it is above all a journey of self-discovery.
Santiago da Guarda
The ancient Roman road connecting Tomar (Sellium) to Coimbra (Aeminium) was later used by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda, in the council of Ansião, is a place worth visiting, as well as an outstanding testimony of the overlapping layers of History.
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
As we walk further in our journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, leaving the cosy village of Alvorge with its beautiful white houses and friendly people, we head to Rabaçal, where the Roman presence can be so utterly felt.
Roman Ruins of Conímbriga
Conímbriga is a true jewel of the Roman world. A place that we can not miss on our journey to Santiago. The living testimony of the fascinating power of History and the enduring influences on the national cultural legacy.
We have never understood why the famous fado of Coimbra says that the beauty of Coimbra strikes the most as we leave the city. It’s the other way round. As we approach this charming city knelt upon Mondego river, we can feel History in all its speechless splendour.
All the roads lead to the colourful city of Águeda, located half an hour away from Aveiro. Thanks to the Umbrella Sky Project, created by Agit'Águeda, the vibrant umbrellas travelled the world, becoming a true postcard of this welcoming city!
With traces of settlement dating back to about 5000 B.C., Albergaria-a-Velha was founded by Queen Teresa, mother of the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. It is a charming destination for nature tourism aficionados, offering the largest number of classified water mills in Europe, as well as a deeply dazzling natural heritage.