The Camino Portugués:
combining two beautiful countries
A Small Group Walking Tour
from Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela
- walking days: 8
- walking distance: 155 kilometers
- value: 2.650€
- single supplement: 650€
September 22nd -October 1st
Why the Camino Portugués?
The Portuguese Camino combines beautiful quiet walking trails with fantastic accommodation in country houses and Paradors. Whilst growing in popularity this route is much quieter than the Camino Francés and passes though small hamlets, quiet country lanes, forests, coasts and beautiful old towns and cities as Ponte de Lima, Tui and Pontevedra.
We meet in Porto, one of Portugal’s most famous cities and makes for a spectacular start to our journey. From there we head up to Ponte de Lima where we start our Camino in Portugal and a few days later enter Spain by crossing the international bridge of the Rio Mihno. This region of Portugal and Spain is famous for its great seafood, cheese and wine which we will taste them all on this trip!
- The beautiful fortress town of Valença set in a spectacular position looking over the Rio Minho to Spain.
- The lively regional capital of Pontevedra with its delightful historic centre of narrow streets and plazas.
- Reviving your tired feet in the hot thermal spring in Caldas de Reis.
- Optional visit to the beautiful waterfalls inside the Natural Park of the Rio Barosa.
- Visiting Padrón, the town where St James started his ministry in the Iberian peninsula and where his remains are claimed to have arrived in a boat from Jerusalem.
- Guided tour of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Walking the last 100 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago means that you can request your Compostela, or certificate of completion of the pilgrimage.
The Camino Portugués is very well marked and follows country lanes, forest trails, paths between villages and some secondary roads. While it is certainly not a mountainous region, Galicia is never flat! The distances we plan for you are the typical etapas or stages of the Camino Portugués.
At the end of The Last 100km all walkers are presented with a Compostela issued by the Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and the Pilgrim’s Office. This is true about all of the walks that complete at least the last 100 km of any Camino de Santiago.
It’s not necessarily the last
Over the years we have found that many of the pilgrims that walk The Last 100km do so to fit time and budget constraints, or because they feel that 100km is enough of a challenge and that more would be too much.
By the end of their journey they realize that they have only begun to explore wonderful Spain and the joy of unbridled walking, and they call us up the next year to find out what other trail we can show them to.
This is why we have introduced our newest walking tour on the Camino Portugués. After all our walking tours, we hope our pilgrims keep on walking!
The Camino Portugués is walked exclusively in Galicia, Spain’s green oasis in the North. It is famous for the wines produced there (both red and white), its seafood (pretty much everything the Atlantic has to offer), and its cheese (curiously shaped ). With a start in Portugal we will also have the time to savour local famous dishes such as the sweet pasteis de natas and their famous fish dish, bachalhau a bras.
You can count on enjoying all of these things. We take care of nearly every meal and for the rest we provide recommendations for our favorite local restaurants.
Included in The Camino Portugués
6 Lunches with wine
8 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.
On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub. They are all up to our standards.
Included in The Camino Portugués
9 nights of accommodation: This includes the first night in Porto, the last night in Santiago de Compostela, and of course every night in between.
Extra days before or after
If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Porto or Santiago de Compostela it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.
From our pick up in Porto, to the ending point in Santiago de Compostela, we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.
For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.
For you this means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.
Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task. Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered. We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.
You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.
The Camino Portugués is a fully guided walking tour along the Camino de Santiago. That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same. For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. The Camino Portugués, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a bilingual guide.
The The Camino Portugués is walked during a 8 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with energy enough to walk about town.
Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
Our booking process
BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK
this is STEP 1
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Other Walking Tours Related to The Camino Portugués
There are a few other tours available that are directly related to this one. Some can be combined with this tour or walked as a separate itinerary.