Portuguese Way from Oporto (Independent)

Price:
1250€
A pié Solo con o sin guía
Portugués
260 Km.
14 días 13 noches

PRECIO: Por persona en habitación doble: 1.250€
Suplemento habitación individual: 500€.

The Portuguese Camino is the second most desired Camino de Santiago after the French Camino, and there are many reasons: It combines two countries and with them appears richness in their languages, their history, their architecture and their cuisine.

The Portuguese way, has two main starting points such as Porto and Tui, the last town on the Spanish-Portuguese border. It is the second busiest road. For a few years now we have had tp include the Portuguese coastal route with departures from Porto, Baiona and Vigo.

Of all the Jacobean itineraries, it is probably one of the routes with the least unevenness, although there aer some hills, there is no need to mention any O Cebreiro or Puerto del Palo that requiere máximum effort. In Galicia the route advances parallel to the Rias Bajas of Vigo and Pontevedra but this maritime landscape remains closed and almost hidden from the pilgrimage route.

The statistics do not deceive the Portuguese Way, it is the second most popular pilgrimafe route after the French Way. It is located ahead of recognized itineraries such as the Camino del Norte, the Via de la Plata and the Camino Primitivo.

Tour includes

Itinerario día a día

Arrives in Porto on your own. – In the designated accommodation you will find, (if it was not previously sent), the necessary documentation for your pilgrimage to Santiago.

Day: 1

We recommend visiting the city of Porto, with great tourist and cultural interest.

Day: 2

Oporto (Matosinhos) – Povoa de Varzim / (25 Km).

The initial day follows the Douro River and the beaches of the Atlantic coast, in a varied and entertaining route. Being the first stage of the Portuguese Coast Way. We recommend getting to Matosinhos by metro, and from there start the walk; It will be 25 km from this point to Povoa de Varzim. If you want to start from the center of Porto, it will be 11 km more so you should divide this stage in two. The tour will be made through the attractive beaches of the Atlantic coast, through wooden walkways over the dunes. After crossing the bridge over the river Ave you will enter Vila do Conde, a little further Povoa de Varzim.

Day: 3

Povoa de Varzim – Esposende / (20 Km).

Today a varied day awaits us, which begins by traveling along the coast and then veers slightly in land, towards Fão and its bridge over the Cádavo river. It is probably not the most beautiful stage, but it has a bit of everything: boardwalks, beaches with wooden walkways, some shady stretch of dirt road and, unfortunately for us, quite a few sidewalks and cobblestones.

Day: 4

Esposende – Viana do Castelo / (25 Km).

Today's day runs entirely inland, without stepping on a beach. However, it has some of the most beautiful landscapes on this road, such as the path that goes down to the Neiva riverbed. The passage of this river, through a platform of stone slabs, will remain engraved in our memory. Once in Viana do Castelo, we suggest you to visit its interesting historic center without haste.

Day: 5

Viana do Castelo – Caminha / (26,6 Km).

Today will be our last day in Portugal. From Viana we can follow the official path that goes inland, or choose the coastline. Once in Vila Praia de ncora, a walk without slopes awaits us to Caminha, a town where some will end the stage, while others will take the ferry that crosses the river Miño to Galicia in the same day.

Day: 6

Gaminha – Porto de Mougás / (23,5 Km).

The first thing to do is cross the Miño river by ferry or boat. The first day of this path in Galicia offers us very beautiful stretches by the sea, through a rugged landscape, exposed to wind and storms. In addition to the different viewpoints facing the ocean, A Guarda, a beautiful fishing village, and Oia, with the imposing building of its monastery on the beach, will be obligatory stops.

Day: 7

Porto de Mougás – A Ramallosa / (16 Km).

If the previous day was beautiful, today it will also be very attractive and varied: we will start our way along the coast, we will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and of a lighthouse, and shortly after we will discover Baiona, it is a beautiful town that was the first Spanish port to receive the news of the existence of America. On March 1, 1493, the Pinta arrived with this news that changed the course of history. As this is a short stage, you should not miss a visit to the replica of La Pinta, a caravel with which Pinzón arrived to break the news, or the Monterreal castle, which is located on Mount Boi, and currently it is where the Parador de Turismo is, we will end the stage in a few more kilometers to the town of A Ramallosa.

Day: 8

A Ramallosa – Vigo / (20,8 Km).

Those who want to rush the Atlantic coast to the end, from the A Ramallosa bridge have the option of following the entire coastline to the city of Vigo, passing through several beaches –very crowded in summer– and always with views of the Cíes Islands. Most of the route is marked with green arrows, and it is an interesting alternative for cyclists due to its minimal slopes.

Day: 9

Vigo – Redondela / (16 Km).

Leaving Vigo brings us a pleasant surprise, as the itinerary runs along the Senda da Traída das Augas, with forests and panoramic views over the estuary. As we enter Redondela, our Coastal Way converges with the Central Portuguese Way, the great Jacobean route that comes from Lisbon, Porto and Tui, through which we will continue for the next few days to Compostela.

Day: 10

Redondela – Pontevedra 19,6 Km.

After a panoramic view of the Vigo estuary, next to the first stop and where the ruins of an evocative post house lie, the Camino enters the Soutomaior City Council through Arcade, famous for the quality of its oysters. Ponte Sampaio over the Verdugo river and the disappeared Ponte Nova open the doors to the Brea Vella da Canicouva, a path of large irregular slabs that leads to the second stop to access the Vilaboa Town Hall. After crossing the parishes of Figueirido and Santa Comba de Bértola, you will reach the Santa Marta chapel to take the road to Pontevedra, a monotonous final stretch for which unofficial alternatives have already emerged.

Day: 11

Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis 21,1 Km.

Leaving Pontevedra today requieres crossing the entire historic center of the city to the Ponte do Burgo over the Lérez river. After this ford, the Camino accesses the tiny rural centers of the parishes of Santa María de Alba and Cerponzons and reaches San Amaro, the first village of Barro, through a fresh and variegated path, after this the enviroment changes to an endless stretch of tracks with hardly any shadows that ends at the entrance of Caldas de Reis, a spa town watered by the Umia and Bermaña rivers.

Day: 12

Caldas de Reis – Padrón 18,6 Km.

Comfortable stage like the previous ones and intoxicated again by the Galician rural enviroment, with its houses located here and there and its “Carballeiras”, cornfields and crucifers. The council of Caldas is succeeded by the council of Valga, with the surprising mount Albor, and the Pontecesures mount, where the province of Pontevedra says goodbye to receive the Coruña. The end in Padrón, and tomorrow’s visit to Iría Flavia, make the Portuguese way special just for the fact of stepping on these places where according to the Jacobean legend the disciples landed with the body of the Apostle Santiago in the year 42 or 44 of our era.

Day: 13

Padron – Santiago de Compostela / (23,7 Km).

A great density of small population centers confirms the presence of the goal alredy close. The last stage can be divided into two halves, a first almost flat up to Teo and a more tiring second to the Cathedral itself, it passes through the municipalities of Padrón, Teo, Ames and Santiago and can be covered comfortably in less than 7 hours. The itinerary relieves the risky journey of the disciples with the body of Santiago from the disembarkation to the burial at the Stellae Campus. An odyssey that evokes wild bulls and mountains and characters like the bishop Teodomiro and Queen Lupa.

Day: 14

Santiago de Compostela. Desayuno y fin de nuestros servicios.

Breakfast and end of our services. The Portuguese Way ends in Santiago de Compostela. It is advisable to visit the city center well before returning home, so we recommend asking for additional nights or guided tours of the historic city center. Excursions to Finisterre or the Cíes islands are also recommended. Ask us for a budget.

It can be requested. Extension of the route to FINISTERRE and/or MUXIA. additional nights in Santiago de Compostela and take day trips to Finisterre (Costa da Morte) and/or Rias Baixas.

Price:
1250€
A pié Solo con o sin guía
Portugués
260 Km.
14 días 13 noches

Our tours include

All our tours always include…

Information dossier of the Camino
Roadside assistance in case of emergency
Travel insurance (basic)

Type of accommodation

Average accommodations

The accommodation in Hostels or Pensions */** has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are cozy rooms, ideal for sleeping and resting. *In the case of an individual reservation there would be a supplement.

Superior accommodations

In this third option, we will stay in hotels and/or lodgings of superior quality**/****. They will be double or triple rooms according to your choice. This is a modality of a higher quality than the hostels, to enjoy a plus in terms of rest and relaxation after finishing each stage. *In the case of an individual reservation there will be a supplement.

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