Spend an unforgettable two weeks walking through stunning Portuguese and Galician countryside and villages and exploring fascinating historical towns and cities between two World Heritage cities.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit Porto Cathedral before transferring to the village of Vilar do Pinheiro 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
DISTANCE 230 km in 12 stages
AVAILABILITY March to November
INCLUDED
13 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
Luggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
24/7 emergency support
Pilgrim kit: passport (credencial) and shell (vieira)
Roadbook of the Way with tips and information (in English)
NOT INCLUDED
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary),optional additional tours or activities during free time, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature
PRICES Per person in twin/double bedroom: from 785 euros
EXTRAS Supplement for single accommodation: 295 euros
Supplement for July and August:
45 euros/person
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 through us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality possible and 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 handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation

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Arrival

Free day in Porto
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 1: Porto (V. do Pinheiro) - Arcos (20 km / 12.5 miles )

Transfer: Porto – Vilar do Pinheiro *
Start walking from the cobbled market square in Mosteiro to avoid trudging through Porto’s urban sprawl.  Enjoy the rural scenery of peaceful villages surrounded by agricultural land and patches of forest. Cross two splendid Romanesque bridges on the way to the village of Arcos.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 2: Arcos - Barcelos (20 km / 12.5 miles)

Spend the day amid agricultural landscapes, villages and occasional patches of woodland before the suburbs of Barcelos. See the legendary stone in Pedra Furada and the attractive bridge from Barcelinhos into historical Barcelos, a small city full of interesting architecture and crafts.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 3: Barcelos - Balugães (16 km / 10 miles)

After Barcelos, your surroundings become increasingly rural and picturesque as you pass through hamlets and villages and witness traditional farming practices. Towards the end of this stage is the 12th century Ponte das Tábuas.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 4: Balugães - Ponte de Lima (17 km / 10.5 miles)

This is the most scenic stage so far through glorious vineyard and crop-filled Minho countryside. As you go through the Neiva and Lima valleys you’ll see the peaks of the Padela, Nora and d’Arga mountains as well as Corno do Bico in the distance. Enter the delightful town of Ponte de Lima along the river.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 5: Ponte de Lima - Cossourado (22 km / 13.6 miles)

The landscape around Ponte de Lima is stunning and filled with Roman bridges, hamlets, patches of forest with small waterfalls and a rather steep mountain which offers spectacular views as a reward. After admiring the impressive Romanesque church at Rubiães continue on to Cossourado to relax.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel

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Stage 6: Cossourado - Valença (14 km / 8.7 miles)

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day and head downhill to cross the Romanesque bridge over the River Pedreira. You’ll pass some small villages and a section of pretty woodland before hitting the urban approach to Valença. Spend the afternoon exploring the old town inside the ancient fortress.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 7: Valença - O Porriño (19 km / 11.8 miles)

Cross the International Bridge over the River Minho into Spain and visit the medieval town of Tui. Our recommended detour cuts out O Porriño’s industrial zone, allowing you to spend most of your day amid forests and fields.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 8: O Porriño - Arcade (22 km / 13.6 miles)

Make your way through a series of villages and up through the pine forest of Chan das Pipas. You’ll get glimpses of the Ria de Vigo estuary on the descent into Redondela, where the central and coastal routes merge. End the day in the small riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 9: Arcade - Pontevedra (13 km / 8 miles)

One of the shortest and most pleasant sections on the Way takes you on ancient stone paths through the woods and along the River Tomeza, surrounded by trees and birdsong. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a pedestrianised maze of atmospheric squares with plenty of tapas bars.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 10: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13.6 miles)

Although fairly long, the journey to Caldas to Reis is not difficult and mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Soothe your tired feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 11: Caldas de Reis - Padron (18 km / 11.2 miles)

The stage begins with gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried. Explore Padrón’s historical centre before continuing to your hotel.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 12: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 14.3 miles)

The final leg of your Camino is mostly through rural settings with a reasonable amount of shade. The last few kilometres are the toughest but as the sign at the ancient bridge over River Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!” Enter the medieval hub of Santiago and end your journey at the magnificent cathedral.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

* Notes: After breakfast on the second day in Porto, you will meet a member of our team who will drive you to 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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