The Camino Portugués: the Last 100 Km of the Camino de Santiago.
June 23rd - 30th, 2019
June 23 - 30th, 2020
125 KM (78 miles)
Santiago de Compostela
- 7 nights’ accommodation in great hotels – Paradors, a 4 star converted monastery and “Pazos” – typical manor house accommodation
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners, including wine
- Water and snacks along the way
- Pick up in Porto centre and transfer to Valenca
- All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
- English and Spanish speaking guide/s
- Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
- The Pilgrim Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport
- Camino Guide Book
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 Valença, 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 Valença where we start our Camino in Portugal and 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 private 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.
The The Camino Portugués is walked during an 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 family.
Day 1: Meet in Porto. Drive to Valenca for welcome meeting and dinner – Accommodation in Valença
Day 2: Valença to Porrino – 21.8km : 13.5m – Shuttle back to accommodation in Valença
Day 3: Porrino to Redondela – 16km : 10m – Accommodation in Redondela
Day 4: Redondela to Pontevedra – 20km : 12m – Accommodation in Pontevedra
Day 5:Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis – 22.2km : 12.5m – Accommodation in Caldas de Reis
Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Esclavitude – 25.5km : 15.9m – Shuttle back to accommodation in Caldas de Reis
Day 7: Esclavitude to Santiago de Compostela – 19km : 11.8m – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Day 8: Guided private tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Let´s hear from some Happy Andaspain Pilgrims
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
7 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.
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
4 Lunches with wine
5 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
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 supported 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.
Our Booking process
Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call. We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.
After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of €300 per person (depending on trip length).
Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date. You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly. This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.
BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK
This is STEP 1
The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of many steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first.To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you up.If you prefer to call us, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and pick a number.