Today we say goodbye to Azambuja starting our way from the main square of the village, and we will cross the national road through a pedestrian walkway built to avoid traffic, in the direction of Santarém, reaching the village of Reguengo. From Reguengo, we will continue along the Tejo river, enjoying the views of a fluvial beach and observing a containment dike built to avoid disasters when the river floods.
With the dike as a companion, through which we can even walk, we will pass Valada and arrive at Porto de Muge.
From Porto de Muge we have a long stretch ahead without towns or services of any kind until Santarém. After passing the Quinta da Burra, we start our solitary walk passing through fields devoid of trees and shadows, so we recommend to put plenty of sunscreen and protect your head with a cap or hat.
When we have covered about half of the way, we will begin to see the silhouette of Santarém, our final oasis of the stage, in the background.
If you do the Camino in summer, we recommend leaving Azambuja early to avoid the hottest hours before reaching the end of the stage in Santarém. Don’t forget to pack a good sunscreen, visor or hat and sunglasses in your backpack.
During these first days the yellow arrows of the Way of St. James coincide with the blue arrows that lead to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which is 150 km north of Lisbon. But tomorrow those blue arrows will disappear, for the roads fork.
Places of interest
- Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça
- Sé de Santarém and Diocesan Museum
- Garden and viewpoint Portas do Sol – Santarém
- Torre das Cabaças – Santarém
- Church of S. João do Alporão – Santarém
- Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição – Santarém
- Viewpoint of Sao Bento
- Church of Nossa Senhora de Marvila – Santarém
- Octopus in octopus sauce
- Portuguese stew
- Mista ribatejana
- Almeirim, Cartaxo, Santarém, Chamusca and Coruche Wines