The Northern Route
Valença to Fátima | 364 km | 17 days
This route covers Northern and Central Portugal. The scenery is beautiful and varied, and while the rural and urban landscape gradually changes along the way it is defined by the constant presence of the rivers and mountains that delineate this ancestral land, dotted with small villages, towns and cities.
The landscape between the Rivers Minho and Douro is verdant and a sea breeze blows across it. Between the Rivers Douro and Mondego the coastal plain strikes a contrast with the mountainous inland terrain.
To the south of the River Mondego the landscape undergoes a progressive transformation, eventually reaching the limestone mountains of Aire and Candeeiros. The walker will come to know a substantial part of the geography, history and culture of Portugal. A considerable stretch of the Northern Route coincides with the Portuguese Way of St. James.