Combine sandy Portuguese beaches with the greenery of its countryside by walking alongside the spectacular River Minho to join the central route in the fortress town of Valença.

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
DISTANCE 245 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)
Road book 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, tips and items of a personal nature
PRICE Per person in double bedroom: from 835 euros
EXTRAS Supplement for single accommodation: 325 euros
Supplement for June and September: 75 euros/person
Supplement for July and August: 110 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): 285 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 (Matosinhos) - Vila do Conde (21 km / 12.9 miles)

Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *
Start your Way in Matosinhos and follow the coastline on wooden boardwalks and pavements where you’ll encounter a series of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and local fishermen at work before reaching the historical seaside town of Vila do Conde.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 2: Vila do Conde - Esposende (25 km / 15.4 miles)

Cut through the urban areas between Vila do Conde and the coastal resort town of Povoa de Varzim. Then walk beside the coast and across beaches before heading inland through market gardens, woodland and villages. Admire the views as you cross the River Cávado to enter Esposende.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 3: Esposende - Viana do Castelo (23.5 km / 14.5 miles)

Today offers a series of villages interspersed with delightful patches of forest and rivers with views of distant mountain ranges. The Eiffel bridge over the River Lima offers spectacular views along the valley and estuary and the attractive historical and contemporary architecture of Viana do Castelo.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 4: Viana do Castelo - Caminha (29 km / 17.9 miles)

Most of the day is spent inland through a string of villages with occasional coastal views and rivers. There’s a steady climb up one mostly forested hill before the descent to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora. Follow the coastal path between Âncora and Moledo and then continue to the pretty town of Caminha.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 5: Caminha - V.N. Cerveira (14.5 km / 8.9 miles)

Follow the River Minho inland through patches of woodland, villages and riverside towns until you reach the charming riverside town of Vila Nova de Cerveira.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 6: V.N. Cerveira - Valença (14 km / 8.7 miles)

Using the ecovia cycling and walking path that largely hugs the River Minho, it’s a pleasant, level walk from the arts town of V.N. Cerveira to the fortress town of Valença, which played an important role in defending Portugal’s borders.
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 the town of Matosinhos to start walking. With this you avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the city of Porto and their suburbs. If you wish you can start walking in Porto – contact us for more information.

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