El Camino Portugués Tour
11 days / 10 nights
The Last 153 KMs to Santiago
Join us as we adjust our compass to North and head to Santiago de Compostela starting from Portugal. Our neighbors to the south are closely tied to Galicia and we will get a better feel for them as we cross through the lush countryside and quiet villages. Our good friend, the yellow arrow, will keep us company as we cross over the River Miño and enter back into Spain. Our Camino takes us through the town of Padrón, where Santiago's stone boat brought him back to Spain.
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El Camino Portugués Tour Highlights What's Included
- Experience and expertise: Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!
- Fabulous food: All your meals (B,L,D) are included, so you only need to worry about enjoying the trail! Weather permitting; our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.
- Unique accommodations: Charming restored manor homes and 3-4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location.
- La Compostela: Our itinerary qualifies you for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival to Santiago.
- Semi-independent tour: You choose! Walk alone with the assurance that we'll take care of you or enjoy the company of others and your knowledgeable guides.
- Van supported: No need to carry a heavy pack - let us do the lifting while you do the walking.
El Camino Portugués Tour Itinerary Download 2017 PDF
We welcome the group in the afternoon in Porto, which sits on the banks of the "River of Gold", the Rio Douro. After a quick Orientation Meeting to talk about our Portuguese Camino, our local historian takes us on a guided tour of this magnificent city. We finish our day with a fine meal.....and perhaps a glass of port wine!
Seara to Ponte de LimaAccommodations: Ponte de Lima / Walking: 6KMs or 4 miles
After breakfast, we hop on the bus and head to the quiet countryside of Portugal. We lace up our boots to take our first steps on the Caminho! Our short walk will be a good warm-up for the days ahead. We finish in the lovely river valley town of Ponte de Lima. What are all those Roman soldiers doing here?
Ponte de Lima to RubiãesAccommodations: Ponte de Lima / Walking 18KMs or 11 miles
Yesterday's walk into the river valley means that today we have to climb out on the opposite side! Our most difficult climb (while you are still fresh!), we head up and over the Alto da Portela Grande, the highest point of our walk at a mere 400 meters. Coming down to Rubiães, follow the Roman Via XIX and pass by a miliáro, ancient mile marker used by the Romans.
Rubiães to TuiAccommodations: Tui / Walking: 19KMs or 12 miles
With our boots on, we take to the trail for our last complete stage in Portugal. We wander through various wooded pathways that lead us into the fortress town of Valença. Here we prepare our passports for a border crossing over the Miño River into Spain. Actually, as both are part of the European Union, you'll only need your Pilgrim's Passport and know that the word for stamp will change from Carimbo to Sello!
Tui to PorriñoAccommodations: Tui / Walking: 18KMS or 11 miles
Remember to change your watches as Spain is 1 hour ahead of its neighbor. We begin our day admiring the views from the 12th century Santa Maria Cathedral in Tui. We end our day with an excursion that takes us back over 2000 years to the Celtic remains of the Castro de Santa Tecla, where the views of the Atlantic and Portugal are unmatched!
Porriño / Fonte do Chan to RedondelaAccommodations: Pontevedra / Walking: 14KM or 9 miles
Saying goodbye to the granite cutting mills of Porriño, we get the blood going with a good climb up to the Monte de Santiago de Antas, where we find another Roman mile marker. Continuing along the Camino towards Redondela, we get our first glimpse of the Estuary of Vigo, where mussels and scallops are farmed on floating barges! Sounds delicious - anyone for a tapa and Galician white wine?
Redondela to PontevedraAccommodations: Pontevedra / Walking: 18KMs or 11 miles
We hit the trail and soon come to the lovely stone bridge in Pontesampaio where Napoleon's troops were defeated in the War of Independence. Here we can dip our toes into the Verdugo River, before preparing for our walk into the pedestrian-friendly city of Pontevedra. Here, we must stop in and get a stamp at La Peregrina, the 18th century chapel whose floor is in the shape of a scallop shell!
Pontevedra to Caldas de ReisAccommodations: Padron / Walking: 23KMs or 14 miles
Leaving the city of Pontevedra, we quickly return to nature, crossing through quiet paths where we come to the granite Cross of Amonisa with the carved figure of Santiago facing our destination. We arrive in Caldas de Reis, whose natural thermal springs have made this a place to soak your weary feet for thousands of years!
Caldas de Reis to A EsclavitudeAccommodations: Padron / Walking: 23KMs or 14 miles
Today we arrive in Padron (or pedrón - Galician for big stone) and pay homage to the famous rock where the boat that contained Saint James was moored to upon its arrival from Jerusalem after he had been martyred. Padron is also famous in culinary circles for its little green peppers, some which are hot and others that are not.
A Esclavitude to Santiago de CompostelaAccommodations: Santiago de Compostela / Walking: 19KMs or 12 miles
9 days, 150 kilometers, and we have arrived in Santiago de Compostela. Congratulations! You are going to love this magical city filled with fantastic monuments and with a lively buzz from the international pilgrims and university students that fill its medieval streets. After requesting our Compostela certificates at the Pilgrims' Offce, we head to our hotel and get ready for our evening celebratory dinner!
Santiago de CompostelaThe End
After a buffet breakfast, our local historian gives us a closer look at the amazing Cathedral that has seen so many transformations since the original chapel built in the 9th century. After the tour, we sadly say our last "buen camino" as we leave you at the Cathedral in time for the Pilgrims' Mass at noon.
* Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals and other occurrences.