The Portuguese Way

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The Portuguese Way consists of 634 kilometers, the distance between Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela.

In the middle of the 12th century, Portugal was proclaimed an independent country, widening the roads that lead in and out of the country, thus making The Portuguese Way possible. Kings such as Manuel the Fortunate traveled The Way and he even did so twice, along with his head priests.
Sancho the II, king of Portugal, alongside hundreds of pilgrims have made their path and paved it for future visitors. They did it without the help of modern navigation systems, using the stars as a guide and their strength of faith to keep them going.

The Portuguese way is the easiest of the paths as there are no steep hills to overcome. It is a picturesque road which runs through fields, age-old forests, small villages and historic towns such as Coimbra and Porto in Portugal, as well as Pontevedra in Spain.
It passes over medieval bridges that were built for the purpose of the way. Running beneath those ancient bridges, the rivers are the very life-force of the wondrous nature surrounding you on your way, letting you experience the unique culture both of Portugal and Spain.

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