Instead of beginning your Camino in Porto, why not set off from the beautiful Minho city of Braga? Walk through gorgeous countryside to join the central Way in Ponte de Lima.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit Porto Cathedral before transferring to the village of Mosteiros to start your Camino in a quieter, less urban environment. From here, the countryside becomes increasingly attractive, especially after the atmospheric town of Barcelos. Make your way through rural Minho, often on ancient Roman roads. Soak up the history in Ponte de Lima, admire the views from Labruja Mountain and explore the fortress in Valença before crossing the River Minho, the natural border between Portugal and Spain.

Medieval Tui and its fortified cathedral are the first highlights you’ll encounter in Galicia. Between here and the intriguing city of Pontevedra you will traverse some beautiful stretches of forest and peaceful countryside, with views of the Ria de Vigo lagoon around Redondela. The thermal waters of Caldas de Reis will soothe your feet for the onward journey to pretty Padrón and your ultimate destination of the cathedral in the heart of Santiago de Compostela’s medieval centre.

 

DURATION 14 days – 13 nights
TOTAL DISTANCE 230 km in 12 stages
AVAILABILITY March to November
MINIMUM OF PERSONS 1
INCLUDED
13 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
24/7 emergency support
Pilgrim Kit: passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira)
Road book of the way with tips and information (in English)
Personal insurance
NOT INCLUDED
International flights, Arrival & departure transfers, Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary),Optional additional tours or activities during free time, Tips and items of a personal nature
PRICE
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EXTRAS Extra night in Porto: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Extra night in Santiago: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Half-board Supplement (11 dinners): 275 euros
Upgrade for 4, 5* Hotels and Paradores available

Notes

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our hand picked hotels have en suite accommodation

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Arrival

Free day in Oporto
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 1: Porto (V. do Pinheiro) - Arcos (20 km / 12,5 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Transfer: Porto – Vilar do Pinheiro *
On the first stage you can appreciate the progressive transition from urban into rural areas. You will go through Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos where the first stage ends.
Accommodation: Country Hotel (3*)
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Stage 2: Arcos - Barcelos (20 km / 12,5 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You will start walking in “Arcos” in direction to the old village of “Rates”. You pass the villages of Courel and “Pedra Furada”, and then on rural roads you will reach the town of Barcelos where the stage ends.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 3: Barcelos - Balugães (16 km / 10 Miles – 3/4 hours)

You will leave from Barcelos, and following minor roads you will enter in the rural area and cross the small villages of Tamel and Aboim in direction to the river Neiva.
Accommodation: Country Hotel (3*)
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Stage 4: Balugães - Ponte de Lima (17 km / 10,5 Miles – 3/4 hours)

The day starts crossing the river Neiva, by a medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães. This is a day of rural roads, and a magnificent journey until reaching Ponte de Lima, where you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape.
Accommodation: Country Hotel (3*)
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Stage 5: Ponte de Lima - Rubiães (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 5/6 hours)

Leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima and go into the rural world. On the middle of the stage you will arrive to Labruja mountain – 2 uphill km who are the most demanding of the whole Way. From the top until the end of the stage it is a easy walk.
Accommodation: Country Hotel (3*)
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Stage 6: Rubiães - Valença (14 km / 8,7 Miles – 3/4 hours)

This day start leaving the valley of the river Coura and gentle climbing until “S. Bento da Porta Aberta”. Continue to Fontoura through fields and brushwoods until we reach the fortified town of Valença.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 7: Valença - O Porriño(19 km / 11,8 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Cross Rio Minho and enter in Spain. Walk through the streets of the medieval town of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From Tui follow the Valley of the River Louro until reach the city of O Porriño.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 8: O Porriño - Arcade (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

In this stage you will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas before reach the centre of Redondela. Continue to Outeiro de Penas, and then finally you reach Arcade.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
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Stage 9: Arcade - Pontevedra (13 km / 8 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Arcade in direction to Pontesampayo and then to to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro, where the track widens again, until reach Pontevedra.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 10: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start this stage walking from the old city of Pontevedra to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from there, until Caldas de Reis.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
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Stage 11: Caldas de Reis - Padron (18 km / 11,2 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches, following a path that leads you to the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River until Padron.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Stage 12: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 14,3 Miles – 5/6 hours)

The last stage starts leaving Padron through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Continue for Teo and following broad streets and narrower shortcuts you finally arrive to the suburbs of Santiago that lead us through a labyrinth of streets to the Cathedral of Santiago.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

* – On the second day, in Oporto, after breakfast you will meet a member of our team who will drive you until the small village of “Vilar do Pinheiro” to start walking. With this you avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the cities of Porto and Maia and their suburbs. If you wish you can start walking in Oporto – contact us for more information.

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