The Portuguese Camino Guided
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Hiking
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Hiking Cultural Meet the locals
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 2

 

The Portuguese Way is a hiking route linking the major town of Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela, along the beautiful old Saint James path. Every day is a different scenery, offering country side views, towns and cities rich in culture and filled with the camino spirits. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the history of this less traveled way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, just in front of Saint James Cathedral, in the heart of Santiago the Compostela. You will experience a camino away from the crowds, with space for a self-discover.

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome and Transfer to Ponte de Lima Hotel 3*  Imperio do Norte Hotel (Plima)
2 Hike from Ponte de Lima to Fountoura Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho) Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
3 Hike from Valença do Minho to Porriño Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho) Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
4 Hike from Monte Santiago to Pontevedra Hotel 3*  Avenida Hotel (Pontevedra) Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
5 Hike from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis Hotel 2*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis) Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
6 Hike from Caldas de Reis to Padrón Hotel 2*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis) Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
7 Hike from Esclavitud to Santiago de Compostela Hotel 2*  Windsor Hotel Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
8 End of Tour & Transfer to Porto    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome and Transfer to Ponte de Lima

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Imperio do Norte Hotel (Plima)
Meals:

Our guide will welcome you at Porto Airport at 14H, for a briefing and to get the transfer to the charming town of Ponte de Lima. Depending on the arrival time, we will walk around the town center discovering the city.
 
 
Transfer to Ponte de Lima | 1H20min


2: Hike from Ponte de Lima to Fountoura

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

The hike will start at Ponte de Lima central square, next to the old roman bridge. From here, the path will lead us to a view point, the highest point of the entire hiking program. Here we can delight our eyes with the beautiful countryside of northern Portugal.
We will continue, following little paths, until we get to Rubiães and across another mountain pass to Fountora where we end our hike, avoiding the Urban area of Valença do Minho. We will have a transfer to the hotel.
 
 
Hike 26.4km | 6H»7H | + 820m | - 490m
Transfer to Valença do Minho | 30 min


3: Hike from Valença do Minho to Porriño

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Lara Hotel (Valença do Minho)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Hiking along the fortresses, passing under old doors, travel in medieval streets and crossing over ancient bridges, today you might feel like a middle age pilgrim. Valença old fort is our first visit. With walls built on the 13th century, this is a piece of gothic and baroque military architecture that has been destroyed several times by invasion armies, but always been restored and still very well preserved.
Crossing the river Minho, we will arrive in Tuy, a city already in Spain. We’ll visit the historical center and after continue our hike along the river Louro and the forest, until we reach Porriño. After the hike we will have a transfer to the hotel.
 
 
Hike 21km | 6H»6H30 | + 280m | - 330m
Transfer to Valença do Minho | 45min


4: Hike from Monte Santiago to Pontevedra

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Avenida Hotel (Pontevedra)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Our adventure starts in Monte Santiago, after a small transfer. In this point, at 250-meter-high, you can see the horizon and take some great photos over Redondela and Ria de Vigo. We will continue, passing some rural areas, old Romanic little villages, greeting friendly people, and enjoying a scenery of beautiful wooden forest. After we pass Arcade village, and going up the hill, we will arrive in Pontevedra.
Pontevedra is a wonderful town full of history and superb Esplanades to a have a delicious meal.
 
Transfer to Monte Santiago | 1H
Hike 26.8km | 8H»9H | + 540m | - 730m


5: Hike from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Overnight: Hotel 2*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

We start the hike crossing the street of the old town of Pontevedra, towards the roman bridge to leave the city. The path will take us through old railways, rural areas and a wetland protected area, home of hundreds of species and a large biodiversity.  A few kilometers before we reach Caldas de Reis there is the waterfall and the watermills system of Barrosa River, a nice stop to rest before check in at the hotel.
 
  
Hike 22,3km | 5H»6H | + 330m | - 320m


6: Hike from Caldas de Reis to Padrón

Overnight: Hotel 2*  O Cruceiro Hotel (Caldas Reis)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

The day starts walking along agriculture fields, and towards Valga the path will become a scenic route with the river and the dark forest. Once out of the forest, we will follow little roads until we reach Pontecesures, a place full of religious architecture. Crossing the river we reach Padrón, a town with beautiful gardens and monuments all around, and the last stop before Santiago de Compostela.
 
 
Hike 20.1km | 5H»5H30 | + 390m | - 400m
Transfer back to Caldas de Reis | 35 min


7: Hike from Esclavitud to Santiago de Compostela

Overnight: Hotel 2*  Windsor Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Last day of Pilgrimage, Santiago awaits us just 18km ahead from Esclavitud where we’re going to start the hike. The path leaves the Church of Esclavitud, going up north. Soon we reach the Milladoiro Hill with the first full view of Santiago de Compostela. Once we reach the city, we will go to the Cathedral, and in the afternoon we will explore the old quarter and the surroundings.
 
 
Transfer to Esclavitud | 45min
Hike 18km | 5H30»6H | + 490m | - 270m


8: End of Tour & Transfer to Porto

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning we will have some free time to enjoy a litle more of this unique city.
After lunch we will head back to Porto, where the tour ends.
 
 
Transfer to Porto | 2h30min

Dates & Prices
Dates Prices
23/11/2019 € 1495

 
Notes

Included

* English Speaking Guide during all Tour
* Coach Service during all Tour
* Transfers specified in the itinerary
* Logging in 2* and 3* Hotels in B&B
* Meals specified in the itinerary
* Liability and personal accident insurance (as in Portuguese Law).
 
Excluded

* Personal Expenses
* Extra drinks and wines at Lunch and Diner



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