→ 7.0km.
To end of camino
68.90
Altitude
515
The Road

About 1.5km after Valhelhas, the camino turns left onto a secondary asphalt road. After 250m, turn right onto the dirt road (there is no arrow) instead of continuing straight.

→ 5.8km.
To end of camino
63.10
Altitude
645
The Road

Nearly 1.5km out of Famalicão on the ascent to the pass, there is a dirt road straight ahead while the switchback asphalt road turns right. Take the dirt road (there is no arrow) as it’s more direct and more pleasant. Be aware that the ‘top’ soon after is not the actual top, and there is still another ascent to make through the forest.

Photo of Famalicão da Serra on the Camino de Santiago
→ 6.5km.
To end of camino
56.70
Altitude
930
→ 1.5km.
To end of camino
55.20
Altitude
935
→ 1.6km.
To end of camino
53.60
Altitude
875
The Road

To arrange to stay at the albergue, call Carlos in advance on +351 966 482 853. Phone reception is poor in Trinta, so if he doesn’t answer, send him a WhatsApp message instead. The albergue has 20 beds and a kitchen, while the village has two mini-markets and restaurants.

→ 1.6km.
To end of camino
52.00
Altitude
825

The name of the village means ‘owlery’ and there is a small owl museum filled with figurines of owls. Ask around the village for the key.

→ 4.0km.
To end of camino
47.90
Altitude
815
→ 5.3km.
To end of camino
42.70
Altitude
1025

The highest city in Portugal at over 1000m, Guarda has a Gothic cathedral, a castle and several medieval gates, of which the one at the Torre dos Ferreiros (Blacksmiths’ Tower) is the most interesting.

The Road

Leaving Guarda, the camino becomes a Roman road almost immediately and this continues for most of the descent to Ramalhosa, making it one of the most interesting stretches on the entire Caminho Nascente.

→ 7.1km.
To end of camino
35.50
Altitude
550
→ 2.4km.
To end of camino
33.20
Altitude
530
→ 3.5km.
To end of camino
29.70
Altitude
605
Notice

On several occasions after Rapa, the mass-produced arrows don’t have either tip painted in yellow as they usually do, leaving them as horizontal bars. This means to go straight.

→ 4.0km.
To end of camino
25.70
Altitude
535
→ 7.0km.
To end of camino
18.70
Altitude
485

Celorico da Beira has a castle that’s worth a look but not much else of note. Residencial Parque is a decent budget accommodation option southwest of the castle.

Photo of Celorico da Beira on the Camino de Santiago
→ 5.2km.
To end of camino
13.50
Altitude
490
→ 7.2km.
To end of camino
6.30
Altitude
775
→ 6.3km.
To end of camino
0.00
Altitude
865

Trancoso is a walled town whose gates, towers and castle make it a worthy end to the Camino Nascente. There are a few sites to see in the old town, and it’s also a great place to wander around and have a drink to celebrate your arrival.

Restaurante O Museu is a good and popular restaurant within the walls, while Tasca do Castelo was set to launch a pilgrim menu in July 2021.

The Road

To continue on the Camino Torres from Trancoso, take the N226 northwest from the old town past the Meu Super and pick up the arrows.

Photo of Trancoso on the Camino de Santiago