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Caminho do Este
28 Stages + 17 Variants
[793km + 627km]
|Stage 01||Stage 11||Stage 21|
|Stage 02||Stage 11b||Stage 22|
|Stage 03||Stage 12||Stage 22b|
|Stage 04||Stage 12b||Stage 23|
|Stage 05||Mértola-Minas de São Domingos||Stage 13||Stage 23b|
|Stage 05b||Mértola-Corte Sines||Stage 13b||Stage 24|
|Stage 06||Minas de São Domingos-Serpa||Stage 14||Stage 24b|
|Stage 06b||Corte Sines-Serpa||Stage 14b||Stage 25|
|Stage 07||Stage 15||Stage 25b|
|Stage 08||Stage 16||Stage 26|
|Stage 08b||Stage 26b|
|Stage 09||Stage 27|
|Stage 09b||Stage 19||Stage 27b|
|Stage 10||Stage 19b||Stage 28|
|Stage 10b||Stage 20||Stage 28b|
Launched in 2010, this is the furthest east, least developed,
most difficult and longest of the Caminos de Santiago in Portugal.
If this caminho wasn’t designed by cyclists, it is certainly largely followed by them.
Of the 300 or so caministas each year, cyclists outnumber hikers about 3:1.
Not surprising really given the numerous and extensive road-walking sections and given that
56% of the stages are over 30km, 16% over 40km (mainly due to the lack of accommodation in many areas).
That said, it includes some of the most stunning places to stay, architecture, vistas, etc.
you’re ever likely to come across.
A nightmare to navigate (without GPS)…signposting largely peters out after Stage 6
…and definitely one for the brave or foolhardy!
[For a more hiker-friendly, easterly camino, try the Caminho Nascente or a mixture of the two...]