Portuguese Way – Porto to Santiago de Compostela – ONLY 2 PLACES REMAIN!

Portuguese Way – Porto to Santiago de Compostela – ONLY 2 PLACES REMAIN!

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Description

Embark on a 16 day, 250 kilometre pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain to Santiago de Compostela on this stunning route. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino.

Why not continue your journey with an optional extension of the tour to walk to the most western point of Continental Europe, witnessing some truly beautiful sites along the way.

$4390* per person twin share departing Porto

7 Day Continental Europe extension from $2155*per person twin share

Portuguese Camino 2018 Brochure

Trip Name
Portuguese Way - Porto to Santiago de Compostela
Days
16
Overview
Portugal emerged as a country in 1143, and is steeped in history. From the mid-12th century, the way of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has been a feature on the paths and roads across Portugal. This route was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271 – 1336) to make at least one pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The hospitality offered to pilgrims started in the Middle Ages by monks and clergymen and still continues today along the less travelled Portuguese Way ('the friendly Camino') where all villages and towns participate with their generosity and warm welcome. The route heading north through rural areas, along the Atlantic coast has the sun on your back all the way to Santiago, with farmhouses, forests, rolling hills and cobbled stone paths a feature of the journey.
Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city Porto and will take you to charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing to Galicia in Spain, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino.

Walking the Camino is an opportunity for reflection and a chance to shake your worries for another time and place.  

Commencing in Porto, a beautiful town that should not be missed, you will start your walk to Santiago de Compostela, a journey that will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.

This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need to carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for most active walkers.

The accommodation is a mix of centrally located hotels and Casa Rurals (Portuguese/Spanish privately owned accommodation). The meals are also a highlight. On occasion mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple which comes complete with a bottle of wine. There is also a variety of impressive cuisine from Michelin recognised chefs, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Portuguese and Spanish. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 27 April
Porto

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, and has a population of 1.4 million.  It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.  One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named after Porto.  The Porto region is also a major producer of cork.

We meet in the reception of our hotel at 6.30pm for a briefing and introduction, followed by a welcome dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 –  Saturday 28 April
Porto to Vila Do Conde

This morning we take a private transfer to Capela Boa Nova to shorten the walk and avoid the industrial outskirts of town.  Commence walking to Vila do Conde.

The first stage hugs the Atlantic coastline and passes fishing villages, forests and the prehistoric site and archaeological remains of Castro S.Paio dating from the Iron Age. The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will guide us to the town of Vila do Conde, an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interests.

Walking: 19km, estimated time approximately 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 – Sunday 29 April
Vila Do Conde to Esposende

This morning we will transfer from Vila Do Conde to the picturesque town of Povoa de Varzim. The Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, is in sight all the way to the old fishing village of Esposende.

Walking: 20km, estimated time approximately 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 – Monday 30 April
Esposende to Viana Do Castelo

Transfer to Belinho and continue north admiring the views and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. En route to Viana do Castelo pass Eiffel’s old iron bridge over the River Lima. Legend has it that the Romans were so impressed by Viana’s beauty when they reached the town in the first century BC that they thought they had reached paradise.

Walking: 18km, estimated time approximately 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 – Tuesday 1 May
Viana Do Castelo to Caminha

Transfer to Carreco Igreja. Leaving the coast temporarily to a landscape of old farms from the 19th century. Continue all the way to the old fishing village of Ancora. From there we return to the coastline and walk to Caminha.

Walking: 19km, estimated time approximately 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 – Wednesday 2 May
Caminha to Vila Nova de Cerveira

Leave the medieval town of Caminha to follow the river Minho. Arrive at the famous villages of Seixas and Lanhelas.  A climb to Gondarem is rewarded with an astonishing view over the river and the Spanish territory beyond, just before Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Walking: 15km, estimated time approximately 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 & 8 – Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May
Vila Nova de Cerveira to Tui

Today we reluctantly farewell Portugal, however we will be embracing Spain. We make our way to Tui, a city notable for its collection of historical buildings, in particular the cathedral, an obligatory stop on the Camino de Santiago. The historical centre of this city is an old walled section from the 13th century, which has been declared an historical-artistic heritage site.

On our way to Tui our itinerary will cover mainly very quiet rural roads until we arrive in the sleepy town of Valenҫa. We are now approximately 100 kilometres from Santiago.

The following day is yours at leisure to enjoy this lovely town that sits on the bank of the River Minho. Perhaps enjoy a walk through the winding streets up to the hilltop cathedral or just laze in the main square surrounded by Galician buildings.

Walking: 17km, estimated time approximately 4 hours

Meals: 2 x Breakfasts and 1 x Dinner

Day 9 – Saturday 5 May
Tui to O Porrino

O Porriño is an industrial town and its main industry is granite production. However you won’t be disappointed with the walk and the city square has some excellent places for tapas.

Walking: 17km, estimated time approximately 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 – Sunday 6 May
O Porrino to Redondela

An easy walk to Redondela, a small fishing village just off the Camino.  It is renowned for its delicious oysters and fish.  Our accommodation is by the water. Perhaps take a swim before the tasty evening meal.

Walking: 17km, estimated time approximately 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 – Monday 7 May
Redondela to Pontevedra

We wind our way through the old town of Redondela towards Pontevedra, which has some of the most beautiful historical-artistic monuments in Galicia. Enjoy the narrow local roads at the beginning of the route today. There are a few food temptations along the way.

Walking: 19km, estimated time approximately 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 – Tuesday 8 May
Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Welcome to the flattest stage of the Camino.  It runs along dirt roads, mostly weaving among village houses and fields. Leaving Praza da Ferreria, we cross Pontevedra’s old town and go over the O Burgo Bridge, entering the green landscapes of rural Galicia, one of the most unforgettable provinces in Spain.  Arrive in Caldas de Reis, the home of some thermal springs.

Walking: 21km, estimated time approximately 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 – Wednesday 9 May
Caldas de Reis to Padron

The road out of Caldas de Reis takes us straight to the fields, before reaching the outskirts of Padrόn, famous for its celebrated writers – monuments bearing witness to these include the Rosalia de Castro House and Museum and the Camilo José Cela Foundation.  It is also renowned for its peppers – some very spicy!!

Walking: 18km, estimated time approximately 4 -5 hours

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 – Thursday 10 May
Padron to Santiago de Compostela

Our destination today is Santiago de Compostela – a rare and special city with a particular magic. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site.

There are many churches and religious buildings. The most important being the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).

The plazas of A Quintana, Praterias, Acibecheria and O Obradoiro surround the cathedral and each one stands as an open-air museum. Plaza de O Obradoiro marks the location of the Hostel dos Reis Catόlicos, which is today a parador hotel, the office of the vice-chancellor of the city’s university and the Pazo de Raxoi, which is home to the regional government and the City Hall. The cathedral marks the beginning of Rúa da Raiña and Rúa Franco, which are laden with bars and restaurants where we can enjoy all the specialities of Galicia. At the end of the street, the beautiful Paseo da Ferradura offers impressive views of the city on one side and the university campus on the other.  Another part of the historical centre contains the beautiful marketplace, which is of neo-Romanesque style.

It is impossible to summarise the beauty of this great city in only a few lines.  Wander around the streets and enjoy the character of this amazing city, which is enjoyed by pilgrims from all around the world.  Time to sample some tapas and to reflect on the journey that has lead us to Santiago de Compostela.

On arrival, pilgrims gather in the square in front of the cathedral to congratulate each other and celebrate the amazing journey. It is usually an emotional day and it is worth attending a pilgrim’s mass which usually takes place at midday and in the evening.

Walking: 15km, estimated time approximately 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 – Friday 11 May
Santiago de Compostela

Today is free to discover this incredible city.

Our arrival should coincide with the Bofumeria display. Please note that this is not guaranteed to occur every Friday so we hope that we’ll be lucky!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 – Saturday 12 May
Santiago de Compostela

Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.

Meals: Breakfast

 

7 DAY FNISTERRE EXTENSION (optional extra)

Day 16 – Saturday 12 May
Santiago de Compostela to Negreira

Having celebrated the achievement of walking ‘The Way’, the icing on the cake is continuing to the ‘End of the World.’ From Santiago, pass through quaint rural hamlets over your 4-hour walk to Negreira. A highlight of this section of the walk is crossing over the stunning Roman bridge that lies over the River Tambre in Ponte Maceira.

Walking: 21km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 – Sunday 13 May
Negreira to Santa Marina

It is very obvious you have moved away from the main thoroughfare. Not everyone has the time nor the  opportunity to compete the additional 90km.

Tonight break your journey at Santa Marina.

Walking: 21km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18 – Monday 14 May
Santa Marina to Olveiroa

Pilgrims are few and far between on the beautiful walk between Santa Marina and Olveiroa. It is one of the most beautiful sections of the walk with 360 degress of lush greenery and the Reservoir of Fervenza glimmering in the distance. You will notice that the Spanish dialect in this region is Gallego, a combination of Spanish with Portuguese and Celtic.

Walking: 13km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 – Tuesday 15 May
Olveiroa to Cee

Your day begins with stunning views over the River Xallas and surrounding forest. Woods, fields and horses feature on your path to the coastal town of Cee. The farmland offers a lovely bucolic landscape until you catch your first glimpse of the sea on your descent into Cee.

Walking: 20km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20 – Wednesday 16 May
Cee to Finisterre

Arriving into Finisterre is a moving experience. Usually very few people take this secluded track, which adds a special touch. There is an exhilaration whilst standing at the ‘End of the World’, looking out to sea and reflecting on your journey.

Walking: 16km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 – Thursday 17 May
Finisterre to Santiago

Today you can relax and reflect on the past three weeks whilst you travel back to Santiago for your final night.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 22 – Friday 18 May
Santiago

Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, your memories of the Camino will live on.

Meals: Breakfast

 



Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-04-201815-05-2018AUD $ 4,390-

Inclusions

    What’s included in the price?

    • 16 Day escorted tour
    • 15 nights accommodation in a mixture of hotels/Casa Rurals
    • 15 breakfasts and 11 dinners
    • Luggage transfer each day between accommodation

    Inclusions in the optional extension:

    • Escorted by Bronny Tudor
    • 6 nights accommodation in hotels and/or Casa Rurals
    • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
    • Luggage transfer each day between accommodation

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