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.
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 Português
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
- 5 Tui (Spanish: Tuy)
- 6 Pontevedra
- 7 Santiago de Compostela — Your final destination, the city of Saint James.