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Saint James Way
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The Route to Santiago has been travelled by christian people from many countries since the Middle Age, wich allowed the dissemination of ideas and customs. The role of this road is unquestioning when it comes to the construction of an european culture. From all the roads to Santiago, the french route is the most known and walked. It comes from Francerosses the Pyrenees and the north of the Iberian Peninsula to Santiago de Compostela, and for some of them, to Cabo Finisterra. In Portugal, due to the Christian reconquest of the territory going south, many walking trails to Santiago have been organised. These trails were mainly walked by foot, but were also supported by fluvial and maritime ways.

The Portuguese Route (Caminho Português) was the most walked in Portugal and connected the cities of Lisbon (Lisboa), Oporto (Porto) and Santiago. Many pilgrims coming from south or the center of the Peninsula as well as the ones from Seville (Sevilla) or Salamanca choosed this trail because it was easier to reach the apostle’s tomb.

Tomar, due to its privileged position as a central point between Lisbon and Oporto as well as a defence guarantee and hospitality from the Templars’ Castle since the XII century and then, from the Order of Christ, was one of the vital points of the “Portuguese Road”. One of the main  access road to the castle and the Convent of Christ is known as “Calçada de Santiago” (“calçada” is the material that covers the portuguese sidewalks). This name such as many written reports in the XVII and XVIII centuries prove that the trail passed through Tomar and the Convent of Christ, monument that is nowadays classified as World Heritage.

This route wich begins in Grou-Asseiceira, goes through S. Lourenço’s chapel, the Convent of Christ, historic centre, Peniche’s gothic bridge, Casais, Soianda and Chão das Eiras is plainly marked with yellow arrows.



Hostels for pilgrims in Tomar:

- Albergue de Calvinos - GPS: 39.674521, -8.376164 - Casais e Alviobeira
Gerido pela Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Calvinos
Rua da Escola – Calvinos – 2305-308 Casais e Alviobeira - Tomar
Tlm.: (+351) 927 627 647 – Hipólito Silva
Pode fazê-lo de véspera ou no próprio dia
- 10 lugares - 7,5€/noite e por pax com banho e não inclui toalhas e sem pequeno almoço

- Albergue D. Dinis - GPS: 39.522186, -8.403840 - Asseiceira
Gerido pela Junta de Freguesia de Asseiceira
Rua Duque da Terceira, 15 | 2305-123 Asseiceira - Tomar
Tel.: (+351) 249 381 426 | Tlm.: (+351) 916 180 103
- 5 lugares - 10€/noite e por pax com banho, muda de roupa (toalhas de banho e rosto), sem pequeno almoço.


Accommodation for pilgrims in the city of Tomar:

GPS: 39°36’15.4’’N, 08°24’45.2’’W
Rua Serpa Pinto, 43 | 2300 – 592 TOMAR
Telef.: (+351) 249 324 256 | Tlm: (+351) 927 444 144 |
- 20€ with breakfast no schedule

GPS: 39º36’14.36’’N, 08º24‘51.59’’W
Rua Serpa Pinto, 144 | 2300 – 592 TOMAR
Telef.: (+351) 249 312 317 | Fax: (+351) 249 312 753 |
- 20€ - no breakfast

GPS: 39°35'56.9"N, 8°24'38.1"W
Avenida D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, 41 | 2300 – 532 TOMAR
Tlm: (+351) 960 077 991 | Telef.: (+351) 249 324 256
- 20€ - no breakfast

GPS: 39º36’15.8’’N, 08º24’322.1’’W
Rua Major Ferreira do Amaral, 16 | 2300-507 Tomar
Telef.: (+351) 249 311 555 | Tlm.: (+351) 966 821 132

- 25€ with breakfast


Acquisition of pilgrim's credential:

Santarém Cathedral (Diocesan museum) - GPS: 39,237049, -8,684950
Praça Sá da Bandeira | Edifício do Seminário | 2000-135 Santarém | Portugal

Telef.: (+351) 243 304 065 |



Praça da República
2300-550 Tomar